Nick Fitzgerald was on his game Saturday against Kentucky in Starkville.
The Mississippi State quarterback ran for 115 yards with touchdown runs of 3 and 40 yards, and he threw for 155 yards and a 10-yard TD toss as the Bulldogs routed the Wildcats, 45-7. On the season, Fitzgerald has 569 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns and is completing 56.9 percent of his passes for 1,169 yards, 11 TDs and 7 interceptions.
“I thought he did a really good job. He made some great plays. I think he missed a couple,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said of Fitzgerald after the game. “I told him it was one of those six-to-12 inch days. He had great reads, great checks, got us into the right plays. He managed the game.
“On a couple of throws we were about six to 12 inches off. In fact, you could take that ball and move it about six to 12 inches in a different direction and he probably would’ve had a couple more touchdown passes. I think that is the consistency and performance that he continues to improve on, but I was pleased with his decision and play making all day.”
The Bulldogs improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the SEC after the win. They remained No. 6 in the Week 8 SEC Country Power Poll. The 25 voters awarded Mississippi State 215 total votes — LSU and Texas A&M tied for fourth place just in front of the Bulldogs with 232 votes.
The top 5: Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, LSU and A&M.
Mississippi State has a chance to move up next Saturday when it travels to College Station, Texas, to take on Texas A&M (Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:15 p.m. ET). The two teams have split their past four meetings. The Bulldogs won last season in Starkville, 35-28, and the Aggies won at Kyle Field in 2015, 30-17. This is just the 11th meeting between the two, and A&M has won the only two games in College Station.
Check back here every Sunday for the latest installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 8 Power Poll rankings
|1||Alabama (8 - 0)||325||25||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (7 - 0)||299||0||2||2||3|
|3||Auburn (6 - 2)||263||0||3||2||5|
|4||LSU (6 - 2)||232||0||5||3||7|
|5||Texas A&M (5 - 2)||232||0||4||3||7|
|6||Mississippi State (5 - 2)||215||0||6||4||9|
|7||Florida (3 - 3)||174||0||8||5||8|
|8||South Carolina (5 - 2)||142||0||9||6||10|
|9||Kentucky (5 - 2)||140||0||7||7||9|
|10||Tennessee (3 - 4)||76||0||11||10||13|
|11||Ole Miss (3 - 4)||72||0||10||10||14|
|12||Arkansas (2 - 5)||51||0||12||8||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (3 - 4)||47||0||13||9||14|
|14||Missouri (2 - 5)||7||0||14||12||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey ( SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith ( SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford ( SEC Country)
Brandon Walker ( SEC Country)
Chris Kirschner ( SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh ( SEC Country)
Eric Bolin ( SEC Country)
Jeff Sentell ( DawgNation)
Joe Mussatto ( SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson ( SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson ( SEC Country)
Ken Bradley ( SEC Country)
Marq Burnett ( SEC Country)
Mike Griffith ( SEC Country)
Seth Emerson ( DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann ( SEC Country)
Trent Shadid ( SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi ( SEC Country)
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