Nick Fitzgerald put Mississippi State ahead in overtime at BYU with a spectacular touchdown dive, but it was not enough to defeat the Cougars, who ripped out 14 consecutive points to win, 28-21.
The Bulldogs’ sophomore quarterback finished the game with 41 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground, and was — once again — erratic through the air (17 of 36 for 214 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions).
His 2-yard touchdown run in the first overtime period will make several highlight reels:
Broadcast angle of Nick Fitzgerald's TD dive / leap / flip. All for naught in 2OT loss at BYU. pic.twitter.com/sEZgwF5WaY
— Alex Martin Smith (@asmiff) October 15, 2016
Here’s another angle:
Nick Fitzgerald, more like Nick Flygerald. ? https://t.co/1zgc9vkAgj
— Woot and Wye NFL (@WootandWye) October 15, 2016
The score put the Bulldogs up, 21-14.
“One stop!” coach Dan Mullen yelled to his team on the sideline. But MSU couldn’t hold back the dormant BYU offense, which used star running back Jamaal Williams to batter the Bulldogs front seven before quarterback Taysom Hill snuck in the tying score.
BYU opened the second period with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Hill to tight end Tanner Balderree, who caught the ball in the flat and raced untouched into the end zone.
Down to one last play on the ensuing drive, Fitzgerald tossed a jump ball to Justin Johnson on 4th-and-9 from the 12-yard line. The pass was a bit too high for Johnson, and BYU students stormed the field to celebrate a Homecoming victory.