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Mississippi State loses double-overtime heartbreaker to BYU

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The Mississippi State Bulldogs traveled nearly 2,000 miles to Provo, Utah, and came up empty-handed.

MSU and BYU played a tight game Friday night, and it took two overtime periods to decide a winner. The Cougars would end up on top, 28-21.

The story of the game was defense: Mississippi State failed to score in the second half of the game after putting 14 on the board in the first half, and BYU went through the 2nd and 3rd quarters without a score.

Bulldog QB Nick Fitzgerald was inconsistent, completing 17 of his 36 pass attempts. He threw two key interceptions, but did have two rushing touchdowns and one through the air.

BYU QB Taysom Hill struggled as well, throwing for just 165 yards, but had 3 touchdowns and one on the ground.

Neither team’s run game was particularly strong; MSU averaged 3.3 yards per carry, and BYU averaged 3.1.

MSU running back Aeris Williams got a big workload, carrying the ball 21 times for 82 yards. QB Nick Fitzgerald added in 16 carries, often up the middle or on an option for minimal yards against the Cougars D.

The nightmare season for Mississippi State will continue to sludge on as they fell to 2-4 with a bowl berth appearing less likely by the week.

Mississippi State will head to Lexington next week to play Kentucky, and the Bulldogs will need to find a way to sneak in at least two wins against Texas A&M, Alabama, Arkansas, and Ole Miss to find themselves in the postseason for a seventh consecutive season.

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