Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State Pull Upset over Jarrett Stidham, No. 8 Auburn

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2018

Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald (7) sprints past Auburn defender Deshaun Davis (57) and into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of their NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo/Jim Lyle)
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The Mississippi State Bulldogs knocked off the No. 8 Auburn Tigers, 23-9, on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi.

Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald went just 9-of-17 for 69 yards with no touchdowns and one interception for the Bulldogs, but he and running back Kylin Hill dominated Auburn on the ground.

Fitzgerald rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns, while Hill added 126. Mississippi State rushed for 349 yards as a team.

The Mississippi State defense also held Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham in check to the tune of 214 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions on 19-of-38 passing.

By virtue of Saturday's result, the Bulldogs and Tigers are both now 4-2 overall and 1-2 in SEC play this season.

Fitzgerald made history against Auburn, passing former Florida superstar Tim Tebow for the most career rushing yards by a quarterback in SEC history, per ESPN Stats & Info:

After three field goals, Fitzgerald scored the first touchdown of the game with no time remaining in the first half when he ran one in from one yard out.

Auburn trailed by as much as 13 points in the second half, but it cut the deficit to 16-9 early in the fourth quarter.

That was as close as the Tigers would get, though, since Fitzgerald put the game away with a 21-yard touchdown run with 2:02 remaining:

Auburn is already two games behind Alabama in the SEC West race, but it should be favored when it hosts Tennessee next week.

The Bulldogs will have next week off before hosting LSU on Oct. 20 on the heels of LSU falling to Florida on Saturday.

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