LSU 19, Mississippi State 3, college football final

By: 
JOEL COLEMAN
Staff Writer

BELOW IS A PORTION OF JOEL COLEMAN'S FROM THE SIDELINE ANALYSIS FROM SATURDAY NIGHT

Hopeless. Lifeless. Dreadful.

You can come up with your own adjective to describe Mississippi State’s offensive performance on Saturday night in a 19-3 loss to LSU. Whatever word you deem appropriate probably isn’t strong enough.

Coming out of an open week and on the heels of a revitalizing win over Auburn two weeks ago, I really thought MSU had somewhat escaped the doldrums the team experienced in back-to-back losses to Kentucky and Florida last month. That has now proven not to be the case. Mississippi State has a problem offensively. I’m not really sure what can be done to fix it.

The biggest issue for the Bulldogs is their passing game. Actually, let me correct that. The biggest problem is that MSU simply doesn’t have a passing game.

Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead was asked after Saturday’s game if he felt it was fair to describe his offense as one-dimensional. He responded be saying he didn’t think it was fair, but it was certainly accurate. It is accurate indeed.

MSU already had the Southeastern Conference’s next-to-worst passing offense before Saturday. The Bulldogs then went out and saw quarterback Nick Fitzgerald complete just eight of his 24 pass attempts for 59 yards.
He threw four interceptions. That’s one more pick than State had points.

So what’s the answer to this offensive mess? Here’s where it gets tricky. Is it time to make Keytaon Thompson the starting quarterback? Moorhead said in his post game comments Saturday that he gave no thought of pulling Fitzgerald and inserting Thompson. It’ll be interesting to see if that changes at any point over the final five weeks of the season.

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