Mississippi State 37, LSU 7: 3 Things That Matter
What are the three things that matter about Nick Fitzgerald and Mississippi State’s 37-7 win over LSU?
Mississippi State 37, LSU 7
1. Mississippi State … defense?
While Nick Fitzgerald and the Mississippi State offense were great, this game showed just how good defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s defense is.
Remember, even when Mississippi State was rolling in the Dak days, the D was a major problem. But now, this D is humming as it swarmed all over LSU RB Derrius Guice, allowed just 270 yards of total offense, and came up with stops on third down after third down.
And now, with the SEC West – other than Alabama, of course – looking relatively soft, this might just be the second-best team in the SEC. As long as Fitzgerald is being Fitzgerald, and this D can keep playing like this, look out.
2. The Nick Fitzgerald show
The numbers might not be astronomical, but this LSU defense is among the most talented in the country – especially with Arden Key back on the end.
It didn’t matter.
Fitzgerald got help form Aeris Williams and his 146 rushing yards, but the star quarterback did his part with no picks, 180 passing yards, two scores, and 88 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
It might not have been the type of performance to get him high on the Heisman radar, but it was a veteran, effective game to go along with the gem pitched by the D.
3. Now what?
Now the spotlight will be on the Bulldogs to do this again. But now, they have to keep producing away from Stark Vegas.
This was amazing, but they have to go to Georgia, and then follow it up with a trip to Auburn. As long as they beat the Tigers, they’re going to still be a major player – but they can’t lose both.
Win both games, and there shouldn’t be a problem rolling until Alabama comes to town on 11/11.
LSU should be able to bounce back in a hurry.
The Tigers get home layups against Syracuse and Troy before going to Florida, and then they get Auburn at home.
To beat the Tigers and Gators, the offense has to find the offensive consistency again, the downfield passing game has to return, and Derrius Guice needs more room to move than he did against LSU.
The Tigers have two games to figure it all out.