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No. 21 Mississippi State beats UMass 34-23

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State is one week away from challenging the king of the Southeastern Conference.

The Bulldogs' performance against UMass on Saturday didn't inspire a whole lot of confidence.

No. 21 Mississippi State rallied to beat UMass 34-23, bouncing back from a 20-13 halftime deficit to win its fourth straight game.

The Bulldogs (7-2, CFP No. 16) were 31-point favorites coming into Saturday, but it wasn't until Deddrick Thomas returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter that they could be confident in a positive confident. Mississippi State will likely have to be much, much better when it hosts defending SEC champion Alabama next Saturday.

''We came out and didn't perform to our standards in that first half,'' Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. ''It happens for kids sometimes. But they buckled down for the second half.''

Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald was a big reason for the comeback. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder muscled his way to two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter to help the Bulldogs take a 27-20 lead. Fitzgerald finished with 135 yards rushing.

UMass pulled within 27-23 on a short field goal in the fourth quarter, but couldn't capitalize on the momentum. The Minutemen (2-7) had the ball later in the fourth quarter with a chance to drive for the go-ahead score, but went three-and-out. That's when Mississippi State's Thomas returned the ensuing punt 83 yards for the touchdown to put the game away.

''We got where we wanted to go, but Mississippi State was just too tough,'' UMass coach Mark Whipple said. ''The punt return really hurt us at the end.''

Mississippi State looked like it might win easily in the opening minutes after J.T. Gray picked off a UMass pass and took it back 58 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

But the Bulldogs' offense never looked comfortable in the first half and an ill-advised pass by Fitzgerald during the second quarter went straight to UMass' Isaiah Rodgers, who returned it 29 yards for a touchdown. Suddenly, the Minutemen had a 13-10 lead.

UMass built a 20-13 advantage by halftime after a 69-yard touchdown pass from Ross Comis to Andy Isabella. Comis, who was starting just his second game of the season because of an injury to starter Andrew Ford, threw for 223 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

UMass' Marquis Young, who ran for 91 yards on 11 carries, said the Minutemen were able to make some big plays, but crucial mistakes were too much to overcome.

''We don't want moral victories,'' Young said. ''We respect our opponents and we respect the SEC, but we want to win and something back with us that our fans can get just as excited about.''

THE TAKEAWAY

UMass: The Minutemen, who lost to Tennessee 17-13 in September , provided tough competition for an SEC opponent for the second time this year. The first half was something to savor for UMass, but Mississippi State eventually proved too much to handle. Isabella had a huge game, catching seven passes for 158 yards and a touchdown.

Mississippi St: The Bulldogs rallied for the win, but it was a lackluster performance heading into a big game vs. Alabama next week. Fitzgerald is one of the nation's best running QBs, but his lack of consistency when throwing is troubling. Part of that is because several of the Bulldogs' best receivers - including Donald Gray - are out with injuries. It's almost certain the Crimson Tide will try to make Fitzgerald beat them through the air.

UP NEXT

UMass hosts Maine next Saturday.

Mississippi State hosts No. 1 Alabama next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:00
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
23
34
Touchdown 5:22
99-L.Laurent punts 56 yards from UMASS 27. 18-D.Thomas runs 83 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
10
yds
01:34
pos
23
33
Field Goal 8:23
99-L.Laurent 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
60
yds
04:25
pos
23
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:46
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
27
Touchdown 4:46
7-N.Fitzgerald runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
99
yds
05:36
pos
20
26
Point After TD 12:15
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
20
Touchdown 12:15
7-N.Fitzgerald runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
75
yds
02:45
pos
20
19
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:15
99-L.Laurent extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
13
Touchdown 7:15
2-R.Comis complete to 23-A.Isabella. 23-A.Isabella runs 69 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
78
yds
01:28
pos
19
13
Field Goal 8:53
47-J.Christmann 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
68
yds
04:06
pos
13
13
Point After TD 12:59
99-L.Laurent extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
10
Touchdown 13:06
7-N.Fitzgerald incomplete. Intended for 20-R.Todd INTERCEPTED by 9-I.Rodgers at MSST 29. 9-I.Rodgers runs 29 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
73
yds
00:00
pos
12
10
Field Goal 13:13
99-L.Laurent 48 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
31
yds
01:47
pos
6
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:21
47-J.Christmann 28 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
48
yds
05:11
pos
3
10
Field Goal 10:37
99-L.Laurent 23 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
70
yds
03:05
pos
3
7
Point After TD 13:42
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 13:57
2-R.Comis incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 12-J.Gray at MSST 42. 12-J.Gray runs 58 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
73
yds
01:03
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 12 21
Rushing 6 13
Passing 3 7
Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Conv 3-13 4-11
4th Down Conv 0-1 1-2
Total Net Yards 340 393
Total Plays 60 71
Avg Gain 5.7 5.5
Net Yards Rushing 127 254
Rush Attempts 32 45
Avg Rush Yards 4.0 5.6
Net Yards Passing 213 139
Comp. - Att. 15-28 14-26
Yards Per Pass 7.6 5.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-10 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-55 5-63
Touchdowns 2 4
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 1 2
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 3
Punts - Avg 6-46.5 2-43.5
Return Yards 75 196
Punts - Returns 0-0 4-104
Kickoffs - Returns 1-13 1-34
Int. - Returns 3-62 1-58
Kicking 5/5 6/6
Extra Points 2/2 4/4
Field Goals 3/3 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Massachusetts 2-7 3170323
16 Miss. St. 7-2 10314734
213 PASS YDS 139
127 RUSH YDS 254
340 TOTAL YDS 393
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Comis 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.7% 223 1 1 134.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.9% 603 4 1 130.3
R. Comis 15/26 223 1 1
R. West 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
R. West 0/2 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Young 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 91 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
127 681 7
M. Young 11 91 0 66
B. Ally 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
72 328 3
B. Ally 10 22 0 15
R. Comis 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 141 2
R. Comis 10 9 0 9
A. Isabella 23 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 110 1
A. Isabella 1 5 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Isabella 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 158 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 689 5
A. Isabella 7 158 1 69
M. Young 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 44 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 201 1
M. Young 4 44 0 18
B. Dingle 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 238 3
B. Dingle 1 9 0 9
A. Breneman 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
48 612 3
A. Breneman 1 7 0 7
J. Britt 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 264 2
J. Britt 1 3 0 3
B. Ally 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 7 0
B. Ally 1 2 0 2
N. Orekoya 36 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 43 1
N. Orekoya 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Monteiro 27 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 0.0
J. Monteiro 8-4 0.0 0
J. Addo 26 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-5 0 0.0
J. Addo 8-5 0.0 0
B. Barr 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
B. Barr 7-2 0.0 0
S. Casali 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
S. Casali 5-3 0.0 0
S. Holines 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
S. Holines 5-1 0.0 0
A. Ali-Musa 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
A. Ali-Musa 5-3 0.0 0
T. Lebeau 32 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
T. Lebeau 4-1 0.0 0
L. Moses 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 2 0.0
L. Moses 4-4 0.0 0
D. Downey 4 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
D. Downey 4-2 0.0 0
I. Rodgers 9 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 3 0.0
I. Rodgers 3-0 0.0 2
M. Patton 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
M. Patton 1-1 0.0 0
T. Hayes 30 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
T. Hayes 1-1 0.0 1
J. Porter 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Porter 0-1 0.0 0
C. Timite 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Timite 0-1 0.0 0
J. Previte 61 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Previte 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
L. Laurent 99 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
8/8 17/18
L. Laurent 3/3 48 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Laurent 99 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 46.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
50 42.3 2
L. Laurent 6 46.5 2 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Britt 5 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 17.9 13 0
J. Britt 1 13.0 13 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Fitzgerald 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56% 139 0 2 86.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.8% 1459 13 10 119.0
N. Fitzgerald 14/25 139 0 2
R. Todd 20 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 1 -200.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 1 -200.0
R. Todd 0/1 0 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
N. Fitzgerald 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 135 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
116 801 12
N. Fitzgerald 17 135 2 30
Ae. Williams 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
24 114 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
163 776 2
Ae. Williams 24 114 0 20
J. Peters 2 DB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
J. Peters 1 8 0 8
N. Gibson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 227 1
N. Gibson 2 -1 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Je. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 174 0
Je. Jackson 4 36 0 16
J. Thomas 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 125 3
J. Thomas 2 20 0 15
D. Thomas 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 165 2
D. Thomas 2 18 0 10
O. Mitchell 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 31 0
O. Mitchell 1 18 0 18
R. Todd 20 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 53 0
R. Todd 2 17 0 15
Ju. Johnson 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 30 1
Ju. Johnson 1 12 0 12
F. Green 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 150 0
F. Green 1 9 0 9
Ae. Williams 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 86 0
Ae. Williams 1 9 0 9
N. Gibson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 16 0
N. Gibson 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Simmons 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
J. Simmons 7-1 0.0 0
D. Harris 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
D. Harris 4-3 0.0 0
J. Gray 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
J. Gray 3-1 0.0 1
F. Adams 43 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
F. Adams 3-1 0.0 0
M. Sweat 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
M. Sweat 3-0 1.0 0
W. Gay 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
W. Gay 3-0 0.0 0
B. Hoyett 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
B. Hoyett 2-1 0.0 0
M. Spencer 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Spencer 2-1 0.0 0
G. Green 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 1 0.0
G. Green 2-3 0.0 0
J. Peters 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
J. Peters 1-1 0.0 0
C. Rayford 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Rayford 1-0 0.0 0
B. Bryant 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
B. Bryant 1-1 0.0 0
M. McLaurin 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 0.0
M. McLaurin 1-0 0.0 0
T. Cleveland 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Cleveland 1-1 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
N. Gibson 21 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Gibson 1-0 0.0 0
G. Harris 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
G. Harris 0-2 0.0 0
E. Thompson 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
E. Thompson 0-1 0.0 0
L. Lewis 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
L. Lewis 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Christmann 47 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
8/8 29/29
J. Christmann 2/2 28 4/4 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Cooke 43 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 43.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
34 43.6 0
L. Cooke 2 43.5 0 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Todd 20 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 34.0 34 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 21.7 34 0
R. Todd 1 34.0 34 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Thomas 18 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 26.0 83 1
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 26.0 83 1
D. Thomas 4 26.0 83 1
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MA 25 1:03 4 73 INT
13:42 MA 25 3:05 5 70 FG
5:18 MA 25 3:01 6 18 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MISSST 46 1:47 6 16 FG
8:43 MA 22 1:28 4 78 TD
6:10 MA 46 1:24 3 -1 Punt
3:21 MA 33 2:38 5 23 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:15 MA 25 1:39 4 0 Punt
4:46 MA 25 3:17 7 66 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:48 MA 45 4:25 10 47 FG
6:56 MA 22 1:34 4 5 TD
5:00 MA 25 1:13 6 -17 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:32 MISSST 35 5:11 13 53 FG
2:06 MISSST 22 2:01 6 24 Downs
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:06 MISSST 25 0:00 1 75 INT
12:59 MISSST 25 4:06 10 68 FG
7:15 MISSST 25 0:50 3 21 INT
4:37 MISSST 19 1:09 3 6 Punt
0:32 MISSST 3 0:00 1 6 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MISSST 25 2:45 8 75 TD
10:22 MISSST 21 5:36 12 79 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:22 MISSST 9 1:17 7 36 INT
8:11 MISSST 34 1:05 3 -1 Punt
3:38 MISSST 31 2:59 5 41 Game