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Dogs slaughter hogs 52-6 on senior day at Davis Wade Stadium

Mississippi State's defense held Arkansas to just 219 total yards.

Posted: Nov 17, 2018 6:07 PM
Updated: Nov 17, 2018 6:10 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Nick Fitzgerald barreled through a defender during the fourth quarter, crashing face-first into the ground before trotting to the sideline while removing a huge clump of grass and mud from his helmet.

Two plays later, he was back on the field. And the quarterback's 19-yard pass to Austin Williams was a fitting way to end his time playing football at Davis Wade Stadium.

Fitzgerald threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead No. 25 Mississippi State over Arkansas 52-6 on Saturday. In his final home game, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Fitzgerald had one more big performance in a career full of them.

"He's a guy that's going to play 100 percent, 100 percent of the time," Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead said. "This sounds cliche, but he's got a bulldog spirit and a bulldog toughness to him and that shows up every time he's between the white lines."

Fitzgerald completed 9 of 14 passes for 127 yards and ran for 85 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown. He now has 3,387 career rushing yards, extending his Southeastern Conference record for rushing yards by a quarterback.

Senior Aeris Williams, starting in place of the injured Kylin Hill, added 104 yards rushing on 15 carries. Williams ran for more than 1,100 yards this season but has had a reduced role this season because of Hill's emergence as the lead running back.

Fitzgerald said having one more big game with Williams was special.

"To have a day like this with another senior, to go out there and have fun playing, putting up huge numbers in front of the home crowd for the last time, it was awesome," Fitzgerald said.

Mississippi State (7-4, 3-4 SEC, No. 21 CFP) pushed out to a 17-3 lead by halftime thanks to 166 yards rushing, including rushing touchdowns by Fitzgerald and Nick Gibson. The Bulldogs left no doubt about the outcome in the third quarter, scoring 21 points on three of Fitzgerald's touchdown passes.

Mississippi State's defense held Arkansas to just 219 total yards.

Arkansas (2-9, 0-7) had some promising drives in the first half but had to settle for field goals. That wasn't enough to keep pace with the Bulldogs, who methodically beat the Razorbacks for a sixth time in seven seasons.

"This is completely unacceptable," Arkansas coach Chad Morris said. "Unacceptable in all areas. Unacceptable coaching, unacceptable playing, unacceptable at all levels. This is not what this program is about -- not what it's going to be built on. We're in major gut check time."

Arkansas' Ty Storey completed 16 of 28 passes for 137 yards and one interception. Rakeem Boyd ran for 84 yards.

"I think it started heading downhill and just no one stepped up," Storey said. "And that's as much on me as anyone."

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