STARKVILLE, Miss. — Quite simply, Saturday was one of the greatest nights in Mississippi State football history.
The Bulldogs had long been bullied by LSU going into this Week 3 matchup, having beaten the Tigers only once in the 21st century. But after a 37-7 stomping at Davis Wade Stadium, Mississippi State has now taken two of the last four against LSU.
Mississippi State’s margin of victory was the largest it has ever had against LSU, topping a 25-0 shutout in 1954. As you might expect of a 7.5-point home underdog that won by 30, the Bulldogs were ready to talk afterward.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen
On the plan against Dave Aranda’s highly-touted defense
“Coming into the game we wanted to run the ball. We had tailback runs, quarterback runs, option runs, read-zone runs. We wanted to make sure we could run the ball and hopefully neutralize their pass rushers.”
“What we’re trying to do is get them back and forth and out of nickel and base defense to create some mismatches in the slot. We were just trying to move some people around to create those matchups.”
On the offensive execution
“I thought they did an excellent job. I thought they came out at a pretty high level. They had some great talent on the defensive line. We wanted to make sure we stayed balanced. So execution, being able to run the ball, running the ball on second downs and not making it a pass-rush, have-to-throw-it game was huge for us. I was really proud. I wanted to come out and run the football, and they executed and we were able to do that.”
Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald
On his confidence the Bulldogs would win
“We had a really good game plan coming in. We ran a really good scheme. We knew where to attack them. We knew where they were weak. We knew what we had to do.”
“The 11 guys that were out there had to play for each other and do their job. Don’t do anything spectacular. No one had to do anything crazy. Just go out there, execute and play. From the first snap, I think we knew if we played how we were supposed to play, we would be fine.”
Mississippi State RB Aeris Williams
On whether he thought the Bulldogs defense would play so well
“Yes. Because I know that our defense is great. Our defense is always flying around, so I know that they can handle anybody.”
On Mississippi State’s dominance in the trenches
“My offensive line was handling business. That’s the only reason that I have as many yards  as I did.”
Mississippi State DL Jeffery Simmons
“Starting the game off, they scored. We had a misalignment. If we hadn’t had that misalignment, they wouldn’t have scored at all. We fixed that after halftime, and after that, we shut them out. Coach [Todd] Grantham’s motto to us is “no más” and that’s what we do. We finished the game. We don’t let up on anybody.”