Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

A team lost 87 yards on this one play

A team lost 87 yards on this one play

"The things we did - we shoot ourselves in the foot, which makes it very hard to beat a very talented SEC team like Mississippi State". Highlighted by a 58-yard hookup between Tech quarterback J'Mar Smith and Marcus Gaines, Tech drove inside the Mississippi State 10-yard line before stalling.

Louisiana Tech handled its business.

Louisiana Tech had a tough Saturday. The other game was in 2008, which Louisiana Tech won 22-14. Smith tried to recover but knocked the ball backward and four Mississippi State players did the same thing, continuing to kick and knock the ball back.

"They're an excellent football team", Mullen said of LSU. "They have some great athletes that they put out there on the field". You'll probably never see another play like that for as long as you live. I thought we ran the ball, but we didn't play well on the perimeter in throwing and catching the ball.

Mississippi State's running game was very good in the opener against Charleston Southern. Hill ran with ball nine times for 62 yards, averaging 6.9 yards per rush, while Williams piled up 83 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

"We were rolling with Michael a little bit and just kept it going", MSU coach Dan Mullen said. "He's ready to go play physically".

WHAT A DEFENSE: Mississippi State's defense had an impressive debut last weekend under new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Want to see a play where the offense loses almost 90 yards? Tech's secondary rebounded and allowed just 204 passing yards the rest of the game. This is the wildest first-and-goal fumble and near recovery in the history of college football - probably.

Mississippi State added 20 points in the second quarter. He hit from 40 yards while missing from 32 and 47.

Tech had an opportunity to score early in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs forced one of the rarest third downs of all-time. The last time Tech hosted an SEC team in Ruston was Mississippi State in 2008.

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