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Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Mississippi State Downs LA Tech

Mississippi State Downs LA Tech

A weird play occurred early in the fourth quarter as a bad Louisiana Tech snap on 2nd-and-goal led to a loss of 87 as several MSU players attempted to scoop and score only to push the ball further downfield.

Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons scored two touchdowns, one after blocking a punt and recovering the ball in the end zone, and another after recovering a fumble and running 90 yards for the touchdown.

The play resulted in a third-and-93 for Louisiana Tech.

The best part is just how incredulous the announcer was throughout the entire play.

FITZ NEEDING HIS FEET: Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald had a solid first game of the season, completing 16 of 29 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns.

Opening up the 2017 season last week versus FCS foe Northwestern State, the Bulldogs had to fight off a slow start but put their old rival away, 52-24, with a strong, 21-point fourth quarter at home.

"Like I said, I thought we made mistakes", said Holtz. I thought we ran the ball, but we didn't play well on the perimeter in throwing and catching the ball. MSU fell behind 9-0 in the first quarter, then outscored La Tech 36-5 in the final 20 minutes of the first half. The bad side for the sequence that left Louisiana Tech in that situation. The score snapped a streak of 36 unanswered points for Mississippi State, which led 36-14 at the half.

Want to see a play where the offense loses almost 90 yards?

Kylin Hill punched in his first career touchdown late in the third quarter from 2-yards out pushing the lead to 57-14.

The Bulldogs recovered at their own seven yard line, which meant it was.third and 93 (goal-to-go). Tech scored a late touchdown on a 9-yard strike from Westin Elliott to Zach Cousar with 15 seconds to play in the game.

"We just told him to go up in there and do his thing, and that's what he did", Williams said. "Everyone is in different positions", Mullen said.

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