Nick Fitzgerald joined rare company on Saturday.
The sophomore quarterback for the Mississippi State Bulldogs racked up 209 yards in the air, and then 184 yards on the ground on Saturday’s win over No. 4 Texas A&M. He also had four touchdowns.
Fitzgerald became the third player in the last 20 years to throw for more than 200 yards and run for more than 175 in a game. The other two players to do it: Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Manziel and Cam Newton.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 6, 2016
The Mississippi State quarterback wasted no time opening up a lead on Texas A&M, as Fitzgerald went 74 yards untouched for the game’s first score. And he did it on the first play of the game.
Nick Fitzgerald is GOOOOOOOOOONE!!!!!
1 Play. 74 Yards.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 5, 2016
Behind the great play of its quarterback, Mississippi State was able to build a 28-7 lead late in the first half. But Christian Kirk returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown right before the half. Kirk add another touchdown to cut the Mississippi State lead to seven.
But Fitzgerald responded with a 14-play, 7:43 drive that Fitzgerald capped off with a 4-yard touchdown. Fitzgerald dragged multiple defenders into the endzone, much like he carried the Mississippi State team throughout the day. Texas A&M added another touchdown but it didn’t matter.
Fitzgerald’s performance comes a week after he tied Dak Prescott’s school record with 5 touchdown passes. But that was against Samford. Fitzgerald lit up the No. 4 team in the country today. If Fitzgerald continues to play like he did today, Mississippi State still has a great shot of making a bowl game.
He may not be Dak Prescott yet, but Fitzgerald’s performance against Texas A&M shows that the future is bright for the Bulldogs.