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Fitzgerald 3 TDs let Mississippi St dominate Kentucky, 45-7

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) In just seven games under first-year defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, Mississippi State's defense has gone from being ranked 110th in the nation to being one of the country's most intimidating.

The unit combined for two turnovers, three sacks and seven tackles-for-loss on Saturday and the Bulldogs beat Kentucky 45-7.

Mississippi State (5-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) dominated the game from the opening quarter and never trailed. The Bulldogs finished with 441 total yards of offense and averaged 5.9 per play.�

''We still got it,'' wide receiver Donald Grey said. ''We've still got some growing to do, but we haven't fallen all the way off.''

Nick Fitzgerald had 270 total yards and three touchdowns. Fitzgerald, a junior, led all rushers with 115 yards and became just the sixth SEC quarterback to rush for over 2,000 career yards. He was also 18 of 26 passing for 155 yards and a touchdown to Jordan Thomas.�

Kentucky (5-2, 2-2 SEC) managed just 260 total yards of offense and 14 first downs against one of the nation's toughest defensive units.

''They disguised their coverages really well,'' quarterback Stephen Johnson said. ''They were also very physical, more physical than we were the entire game.''

UK trailed 17-7 at the half and crossed midfield on only three drives the entire game.���

''We were able to take them out of what they wanted to do early,'' head coach Dan Mullen said. ''I challenged our defense to really get after the quarterback in the second half, and they really stepped up.''

Johnson was 13 of 28 for 117 yards but threw two interceptions, including an 84-yard pick-six by Gerri Green.

''Right now we're getting back to where we were before UGA,'' Green said. ''We know what we're capable up, we just have to keep paying attention to the little details and putting the emphasis on stopping the big plays.''

Kentucky's defense was even less successful. The nation's No. 10 rushing defense allowed a season high 282 yards on the ground.

''We knew with their rush defense they were going to want to stop the run,'' Mullen said. ''So we tried to come out balanced so they couldn't load up the line. Then we could wear them down.''

Mississippi State dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 34:49.�

''Even on the first series you could see, we're moving these guys,'' Fitzgerald said. ''If we're going to keep getting 3 or 4 yards a pop, we're going to be fine.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs again proved their mettle as an elite team on both sides of the ball at home. MSU has outscored its four home opponents this year 166-24 and won all four games by 25 points or more.�

Kentucky: Despite one of the better starts to a season in school history, Mark Stoops' team still has a ways to go toward maturity.

''Not acceptable, not okay,'' Stoops said. ''They whooped us, and that's the way it is.''

UP NEXT

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs will attempt to win their first conference road game of the season against Texas A&M in College Station.

Kentucky: The Wildcats return home to host SEC Eastern Division rival Tennessee.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:56
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
45
Touchdown 3:56
10-K.Thompson runs 40 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
62
yds
02:35
pos
7
44
Point After TD 10:29
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
38
Touchdown 10:46
15-S.Johnson incomplete. Intended for 88-C.Walker INTERCEPTED by 4-G.Green at MSST 16. 4-G.Green runs 84 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
84
yds
0:00
pos
7
37
Point After TD 12:20
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
31
Touchdown 12:20
10-K.Thompson runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
38
yds
00:57
pos
7
30
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:07
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
24
Touchdown 7:07
7-N.Fitzgerald complete to 83-J.Thomas. 83-J.Thomas runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
15
plays
90
yds
07:53
pos
7
23
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:05
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 1:05
7-N.Fitzgerald runs 40 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
83
yds
01:10
pos
7
16
Field Goal 3:18
47-J.Christmann 31 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
44
yds
03:47
pos
7
10
Point After TD 7:13
99-A.MacGinnis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 7:13
15-S.Johnson scrambles to MSST End Zone FUMBLES (41-M.McLaurin). 6-B.Bone runs no gain for a touchdown.
8
plays
93
yds
02:50
pos
6
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:43
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 7:43
7-N.Fitzgerald runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
78
yds
04:43
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 14 25
Rushing 5 16
Passing 8 7
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 6-14 12-18
4th Down Conv 0-1 2-3
Total Net Yards 249 441
Total Plays 59 75
Avg Gain 4.2 5.9
Net Yards Rushing 115 282
Rush Attempts 29 48
Avg Rush Yards 4.0 5.9
Net Yards Passing 134 159
Comp. - Att. 14-30 19-27
Yards Per Pass 4.5 5.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-11 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-41 5-55
Touchdowns 1 6
Rushing TDs 1 4
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 1
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 7-45.1 2-37.5
Return Yards 127 129
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-10
Kickoffs - Returns 6-127 1-33
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-86
Kicking 1/1 7/7
Extra Points 1/1 6/6
Field Goals 0/0 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Kentucky 5-2 07007
Miss. St. 5-2 71072145
134 PASS YDS 159
115 RUSH YDS 282
249 TOTAL YDS 441
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Johnson 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
46.4% 117 0 2 67.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.2% 1355 9 4 135.3
S. Johnson 13/28 117 0 2
D. Barker 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 28 0 0 167.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 33 0 0 119.3
D. Barker 1/2 28 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
S. Johnson 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 54 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
53 198 2
S. Johnson 6 54 0 23
S. King 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
42 203 0
S. King 5 24 0 8
B. Snell Jr. 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
133 541 6
B. Snell Jr. 7 18 0 6
D. Barker 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 -21 0
D. Barker 1 -6 0 -6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
G. Johnson 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 369 2
G. Johnson 5 36 0 12
B. Bone 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 163 2
B. Bone 2 17 0 9
C. Walker 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 129 0
C. Walker 1 17 0 17
T. Richardson 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 116 1
T. Richardson 1 17 0 17
B. Snell Jr. 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 52 0
B. Snell Jr. 1 14 0 14
C. Conrad 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 195 3
C. Conrad 0 0 0 0
K. Ross 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 160 0
K. Ross 0 0 0 0
G. Hart 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 23 1
G. Hart 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Edwards 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 3 0.0
M. Edwards 6-4 0.0 0
D. West 25 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
D. West 6-2 0.0 0
J. Allen 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
J. Allen 6-0 0.0 0
C. Westry 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
C. Westry 5-1 0.0 0
D. Ware 35 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
D. Ware 5-1 0.0 0
C. Taylor Jr. 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
C. Taylor Jr. 5-1 0.0 0
C. Love 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
C. Love 5-3 0.0 0
A. Middleton 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
A. Middleton 4-0 0.0 0
J. Jones 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
J. Jones 4-2 0.0 0
K. Randolph 5 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
K. Randolph 2-0 0.0 0
N. Pringle 77 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Pringle 2-0 0.0 0
E. Brown 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
E. Brown 1-1 0.0 0
D. Baity 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 1 0.0
D. Baity 1-2 0.0 0
A. MacGinnis 99 K
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. MacGinnis 1-0 0.0 0
K. Looney 59 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Looney 1-1 0.0 0
T. Carter 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
T. Carter 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. MacGinnis 99 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/1
SEASON FG XP
13/18 19/19
A. MacGinnis 0/0 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Z. Johnson 28 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
Z. Johnson 1 15.0 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Fitzgerald 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.2% 155 1 0 132.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.9% 1179 11 7 121.5
N. Fitzgerald 18/26 155 1 0
K. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 4 0 0 133.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
42.1% 66 1 0 88.7
K. Thompson 1/1 4 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
N. Fitzgerald 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 115 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
81 561 9
N. Fitzgerald 12 115 2 40
Ae. Williams 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 71 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
117 594 2
Ae. Williams 20 71 0 8
K. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 65 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 177 2
K. Thompson 4 65 2 40
K. Hill 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 250 1
K. Hill 2 16 0 12
D. Lee 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 55 1
D. Lee 3 10 0 5
N. Gibson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 185 0
N. Gibson 4 9 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Gray 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 51 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 206 2
D. Gray 6 51 0 21
G. Myles 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 90 2
G. Myles 4 30 0 17
J. Thomas 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 28 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 95 2
J. Thomas 3 28 1 10
Je. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 99 0
Je. Jackson 3 24 0 17
J. Couch 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 126 2
J. Couch 1 12 0 12
D. Thomas 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 147 2
D. Thomas 1 10 0 10
O. Mitchell 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 13 0
O. Mitchell 1 4 0 4
F. Green 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 90 0
F. Green 0 0 0 0
N. Gibson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
N. Gibson 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. McLaurin 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 1 0.0
M. McLaurin 7-2 0.0 0
E. Thompson 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
E. Thompson 5-3 0.0 0
J. Gray 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
J. Gray 4-1 0.0 0
M. Sweat 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.5
M. Sweat 4-1 1.5 0
D. Harris 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 1.0
D. Harris 3-5 1.0 0
J. Simmons 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Simmons 3-0 0.0 0
B. Bryant 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
B. Bryant 2-0 0.0 0
M. Smitherman 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Smitherman 2-0 0.0 0
G. Green 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
G. Green 1-0 0.0 1
T. Cleveland 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Cleveland 1-0 0.0 0
L. Lewis 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
L. Lewis 1-2 0.0 0
T. Brown 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Brown 1-0 0.0 0
J. Peters 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Peters 1-0 0.0 0
Ko. Jones 52 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Ko. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
G. Harris 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
G. Harris 0-1 0.0 0
F. Adams 43 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
F. Adams 0-1 0.0 0
B. Hoyett 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.5
B. Hoyett 0-1 0.5 1
C. Dantzler 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Dantzler 0-1 0.0 0
S. Adegoke 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
S. Adegoke 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Christmann 47 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 6/6
SEASON FG XP
6/6 20/20
J. Christmann 1/1 31 6/6 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Cooke 43 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 37.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
27 45.6 1
L. Cooke 2 37.5 1 38
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Gray 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 33.0 33 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 42.5 33 0
D. Gray 1 33.0 33 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Gray 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 11.2 10 0
D. Gray 1 10.0 10 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UK 25 2:26 6 18 Punt
7:38 UK 19 0:52 4 3 Punt
5:00 UK 8 4:00 9 39 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:03 UK 22 2:50 8 78 TD
3:08 UK 18 0:45 3 9 Punt
1:00 UK 25 0:45 5 24 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:01 UK 21 2:37 4 15 Punt
2:11 UK 32 1:02 3 30 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:10 UK 46 1:24 7 52 INT
10:29 UK 25 3:50 9 13 Downs
3:51 UK 25 2:24 4 1 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:26 MISSST 22 4:43 12 78 TD
6:35 MISSST 49 1:22 3 5 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:53 MISSST 9 0:41 12 32 Punt
7:05 MISSST 43 3:47 8 44 FG
2:15 MISSST 28 1:10 6 72 TD
0:04 MISSST 6 0:00 1 -1 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MISSST 25 7:53 15 75 TD
4:16 MISSST 28 1:59 6 40 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:02 UK 38 0:57 10 38 TD
6:31 MISSST 38 2:35 6 62 TD
1:13 MISSST 7 0:44 2 -3 Game