Arkansas runs over Mississippi State in Starkville, 58-42By Kelly Sanders Nov 21, 2016
In 2013, MSU missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt with 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but won 24-17 when Damian Williams ran 25 yards for a TD on the first play of overtime and Taveze Calhoun intercepted an Arkansas fourth-down pass to end the game.
Will Arkansas pull off the small upset tonight when it visits Mississippi State at 7:00PM ET? Vanderbilt ran for 3 touchdowns on 208 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry while also throwing for 273 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In just the first quarter Williams reached 122 yards rushing off four carries.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks have a quick turnaround before playing at Missouri on Thanksgiving Day. The drive was an eight-play, 85-yard drive.
However, Mississippi State is on its third defensive coordinator in as many years. The Crimson Tide rolled through MSU for 51 points and 615 yards.
Mississippi State got the ball to start the second half. By that time, Davis Wade Stadium had emptied to less than half its capacity.
"You can't give up explosive plays like that and expect to win games", Mullen said.
Mississippi State senior running back Brandon Holloway was held out of the game because of an undisclosed injury.
Fitzgerald is completing 53 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Ironically the Bulldogs did just that in the second half, and better. The performance pushed him past former quarterback Tyler Russell for third in school history on MSU's single-season total yardage list (3,163 yards). In addition to the revolving door at the coordinator level, Dan Mullen had to assemble an entire new cast of position coaches in the offseason after several big departures for other jobs. Williams had a big 23 yard run on the drive to help set up Hatcher's touchdown.
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Rawleigh Williams rushed for a career-high 205 yards and four touchdowns and tossed in a touchdown pass to help Arkansas snap its four-game losing streak to Mississippi State on Saturday.
Arkansas and Mississippi State traded scores throughout the entire first frame as Williams had both of Arkansas' scores and Fitzgerald had both for Mississippi State. D'Angelo Brewer added his second touchdown run of the game to cap the burst.
"It's frustrating, because we're all competitors", WR Fred Ross said. "We had two or three drives in a row where we didn't execute clean and had to punt".
Regardless of how MSU's offense performed, its defense couldn't stop Arkansas.
The Razorbacks have been a solid bet coming off losses, covering in five of their last six such games.
Mullen appreciates the time and effort put in by the group and hopes that they finish off the season strong.
That may sound like small stakes with two games left in the regular season, but how each team closes will determine how the two program's fans feel going into the holiday season.
Fitzgerald finished the game with 328 yards passing and two touchdowns while also rushing for 131 yards and four more touchdowns.
Seniors gazed without goal into the empty stands. Arkansas has only scored four offensive touchdowns in its last three games and was limited to just one in last week's 38-10 loss to LSU at home. "It hurts to go out like that", Coman said.
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