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Bulldogs fall to Cougars in double-OT thriller

2544 days ago
Mississippi State Athletics

PROVO, Utah -- On Friday night, Mississippi State (2-4) fell to BYU (4-3) 28-21 in double overtime in its longest road trip of the season. The contest was close for the entirety of the evening but, ultimately, BYU prevailed as MSU's final pass attempt in the second overtime fell incomplete.

Sophomore quarterback Nick Fitzgerald completed 17-of-36 passes for 214 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also rushed for 41 yards and two touchdowns while sophomore running back Aeris Williams led the Bulldogs with 86 yards rushing on 21 carries. Fred Ross had a team-high five receptions for 69 yards, while Keith Mixon had four catches for the same yardage and State's first touchdown of the night.

Defensively, freshman inside linebacker Leo Lewis had a career high 12 tackles to lead MSU, including six solo, while State's defense as a whole racked up six tackles for loss. Richie Brown added 10 tackles, nine solo, and a pass breakup.

State stays on the road next weekend, travelling to take on Kentucky (3-3) in Lexington, Ky. That game is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. CT) and will be televised by the SEC Network. The Wildcats are off this weekend.