The loss of Dak Prescott to the NFL has been at the root of many of Mississippi State’s offensive issues this season, leading to a 2-5 record — and far too close a call vs. Samford this week — after winning nine games with the now-Cowboys quarterback under center.
But while Prescott has been setting records of his own in the NFL, his replacement, Nick Fitzgerald, is putting Prescott’s Mississippi State accolades in jeopardy — at least with his performance against Samford, a 6-1 Southern Conference team.
The Bulldogs, of SEC ties, went into halftime with only an eight-point lead over their Southern Conference namesakes. But Fitzgerald has been having himself a game, nonetheless, including playing a pivotal role in Mississippi State pulling away in the second half.
The sophomore quarterback has thrown for five scores, tying a school-record Prescott set in a 51-50 shootout win over Arkansas last season. Fitzgerald, however, hasn’t matched the total-TD record, set by Prescott in the same game. Prescott ran for a pair of scores, in addition to his five passing TDs. In the third quarter, Fitzgerald has rushed for one score.
Fitz’s 5 passing TD’s ties Dak Prescott’s school record for most in a single game
— Joel Coleman (@JoelTColeman) October 29, 2016