COLLEGE STATION -- Mississippi State won its third consecutive game Saturday night with a 35-14 win over Texas A&M at Kyle Field.
Mississippi State (6-2, 3-2 SEC) hadn't won or lost a game by less than 25 points heading into Saturday's contest. The Aggies (5-3, 3-2) were coming off their bye week.
The Bulldogs burst to a 14-0 halftime lead thanks to a run-stuffing and pass-swatting defense. Nick Fitzgerald got MSU on the board late in the first quarter with a 2-yard touchdown keeper to cap a 16-play, 86-yard drive.
Late in the second quarter MSU added to its lead with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Fitzgerald to Donald Gray, the fourth play of a 53-yard drive highlighted by Fitzgerald's 45-yard dash against a reeling defense.
After halftime MSU picked up where it left off, as Fitzgerald connected with Farrod Green on a 41-yard passing play, and then Fitzgerald hooked up with a wide-open Jordan Thomas on a 10-yard touchdown pass to lift the Bulldogs to a 21-0 lead with 11:47 left in the third quarter.
A&M finally got on the board in the third quarter on a direct snap to running back Keith Ford for a 1-yard touchdown, capping a drive highlighted by quarterback Kellen Mond's 33-yard scramble. The Bulldogs answered quickly with an interception of Mond's pass and, three plays later, Nick Gibson bulled his way into the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown run to again push the MSU lead to a comfortable three touchdowns.
The Bulldogs outgained the Aggies 369-285 in total offense, including 228-96 on the ground.
A&M quarterback Nick Starkel, recovered from a broken ankle suffered in the season opener, replaced a roughed-up Mond in the fourth quarter, and threw an interception returned for a touchdown by Jamal Peters. But Starkel rebounded on A&M's next offensive series with a 70-yard touchdown pass to Camron Buckley late in the game, with the Bulldogs' lead already well out of reach.
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