Mississippi State rolled to an easy home win over Northwestern State on Saturday. A week after their loss to LSU, the Bulldogs had a chance to regroup against an FCS opponent before heading on the road to face Auburn in Week 4.
Here are some takeaways from Mississippi State’s dominant win:
Dak Prescott is one of the best ever for the Bulldogs:
The Mississippi State quarterback broke the school’s career passing yards record during the win on Saturday. The previous record of 6,336 yards, set by Wayne Madkin, was surpassed on a 45-yard completion from Prescott to receiver Donald Gray in the second quarter. Prescott finished the outing with 6,382 career passing yards and his 21st school record.
Mississippi State may have a QB battle entering next season:
Keeping the opponent in mind, both of Mississippi State’s freshmen quarterbacks played well in their limited action on Saturday. Nick Dylan Fitzgerald completed all four of his pass attempts for 90 yards and a touchdown, and also added 28 yards and two more scores on the ground. Elijah Staley was 2-of-3 passing for 55 yards and a touchdown. Games like these provide important time for younger players to receive game reps, and these two freshman quarterbacks made the most of their time on the field.
The team left Saturday’s contest in one piece:
Perhaps the most important report to look at following these types of matchups is the injury report. The Bulldogs came away from Saturday’s victory without any major injuries and will enter next week’s game with Auburn presumably healthy. There aren’t many things that these type of games can reveal about a team of the Bulldogs’ caliber — although after Auburn’s escape against Jacksonville State and Arkansas’ loss to Toledo that may be changing — but emerging victorious and healthy is the best result that Mississippi State could have hoped for.
— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) September 19, 2015