The No. 21 Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-4, 3-4) responded to being shut out by Alabama last week by demolishing the Arkansas Razorbacks (2-9, 0-7), 52-6, during Senior Day at Davis-Wade Stadium on Saturday.
Bulldog senior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald had a huge send off as he ripped through the Razorback defense time and time again. After a rocky start, Fitzgerald finished 9-14 with 127 yards and threw for four touchdowns. He also rushed for 85 yards and scored the first Bulldog touchdown off a two-yard run.
Senior running back Aeris Williams also had a rushing touchdown and had 104 yards. Redshirt freshman receiver Austin Williams caught two of Fitzgerald's touchdown passes and had 52 yards total.
The MSU defense that was ranked No. 1 in the SEC held Arkansas to only two field goals, and also forced 12 tackles for losses, five sacks and an interception.
Arkansas showed problems on all fronts, with the offense failing to score a single touchdown and the defense allowing the second-most points scored from an opponent this season since Alabama.
Special teams cost the Hogs as well in the third quarter after freshman punter Reid Bauer dropped the ball during a punt attempt, giving the Bulldogs the ball back on Arkansas’ four-yard line which led to an MSU touchdown on the very next play.
“This is completely unacceptable,” Razorback coach Chad Morris said on his team’s performance. “Unacceptable coaching, unacceptable playing, unacceptable effort. It’s not what we’re about. It’s not what this program is going to be built on. This is absolutely not accepted.”
Razorback junior kicker Connor Limpert missed his first field goal attempt, a 43-yarder, during Arkansas’ first drive of the game. He made his last two from 36 and 32 yards out, respectively.
Junior quarterback Ty Storey finished 16-28 and threw a pick on his last play. After Storey’s exit, both freshmen Connor Noland and John Stephen Jones saw the field, with Noland finishing with eight yards on two completions while Jones had one pass for five yards.
Sophomore running back Rakeem Boyd rushed for 84 yards and the Razorbacks saw the return of Devwah Whaley, who had been sidelined with an ankle injury since the Ole Miss game on Oct. 13. Whaley had 16 yards on four carries.
The Razorbacks will finish out the season with a visit to Columbia to face the Missouri Tigers in The Battle Line Rivalry. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and the matchup will be broadcast on CBS.