Mississippi State 52, Arkansas 6, college football final

Sports Editor

Mississippi State avoided the trap.

When a game against Arkansas falls in between a matchup between the No. 1 team in the nation and your biggest rival, it’s only natural that a certain degree of letdown sets in.

That did not appear to be the case for the Bulldogs on Saturday.

MSU jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead, then went on to an impressive victory on senior day at Davis Wade Stadium.

The seniors were certainly sent off the home field the right way and several contributed to the success.

Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald was responsible for five touchdowns with four through the air. He had 85 yards rushing and 127 yards passing.

West Point native Aeris Williams was the leading rusher for the Bulldogs with 104 yards on 15 carries. Even though Williams didn't score a touchdown, his presence was important to the outcome.

Justin Johnson was the top receiver for MSU with three catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.

On the defensive side, Johnathan Abram led the unit with 12 tackles. He had 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.

The Bulldogs did exactly what they had to do and bounced back nicely from the loss at Alabama.

With seven wins now, a good bowl game appears to be in MSU's future, but first it must concentrate on getting the Golden Egg Trophy back. The Bulldogs and Rebels meet in Oxford on Thursday.