STARKVILLE • Nick Fitzgerald holds his share of records at Mississippi State and on Saturday he added another to his resume.
Fitzgerald’s 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter surpassed Anthony Dixon atop the school’s career rushing touchdown category with 43. It also moved the senior quarterback into a tie with Auburn’s Bo Jackson for the seventh-most rushing scores in Southeastern Conference history.
Fitzgerald also threw four touchdowns on Saturday giving him 96 for his career, which is the second most in MSU history behind Dak Prescott’s 114.
The Richmond Hill, Georgia, native also joined elite company with Prescott and Florida’s Tim Tebow as the only players in SEC history to have three seasons off10-plus rushing and 10-plus passing touchdowns in SEC history.
RING OF HONOR
Former standouts Walt Harris and Art Davis were both inducted into MSU’s Ring of Honor at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday.
Harris was a cornerback for the Bulldogs from 1992-95 and Davis a two-way star at halfback and defensive back from 1952-55.
They join Johnie Cooks, Jack Cristil, Joe Fortunato, Kent Hull, D.D. Lewis, Tom “Shorty” McWilliams and Jackie Parker in MSU’s Ring of Honor.
MSU had its shortest drive of the season during the third quarter. Chris Rayford recovered a fumbled punt snap at the 4-yard line setting up a touchdown pass from Fitzgerald to Keith Mixon on the very next play.
KEY NUMBER: 99
Senior safety Mark McLaurin wore the jersey No. 99 in honor of Keith Joseph Jr., his late teammate and friend. Joseph Jr. passed away along with his father – also a former MSU football player – in an automobile accident on Nov. 6, 2015 during his freshman year. Joseph Jr. was also recognized during the Bulldogs’ pregame senior day ceremony.
“This is completely unacceptable – unacceptable in all areas. 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. It’s absolutely not accepted. We are going to find out. We’re in a big gut-check time right now.” – Arkansas coach Chad Morris.
The Bulldogs head to Oxford on Thanksgiving to play Ole Miss in the annual Egg Bowl. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Starters Kylin Hill (RB) and Jaquarius Landrews (LB) both missed the game due to lower body injuries. ... MSU has now won six of the last seven vs. Arkansas. ... S Johnathan Abram led the team with 12 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. ... LBs Erroll Thompson and Willie Gay Jr. also had 1.5 sacks and DE Chauncey Rivers was credited with a half-sack. ... C.J. Morgan snagged his second INT of the season. ... The Bulldogs have forced a turnover in 14-straight games.