Miss State wins SEC opener over South Carolina

Mississippi State University

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald set a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback and the Bulldogs defeated South Carolina 27-14 Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium.

Fitzgerald rushed 17 times for 195 yards and also passed for 178 yards and two touchdowns.

South Carolina was outgained 485-243 in total offense. The Gamecocks did register a pair of second half touchdown passes from freshman quarterback Brandon McIllwain, who started the second half after not playing in the first.

Fitzgerald’s rushing total broke a 36-year-old school record. His 195 yards easily passed former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond’s previous record of 163 rushing yards in 1980 against Ole Miss.

Mississippi State rolled to a 24-0 lead at halftime thanks to a pair of touchdown passes by Fitzgerald. Receiver Fred Ross had a touchdown catch and a touchdown pass in the first half.

The Bulldogs outgained South Carolina 324-90 in total yards in the first half. A lightning delay forced both teams to stay inside the locker room for an extra 32 minutes at halftime.