Party like it's 1999: Bulldogs get first home win over Tigers in 18 years

MSU's Keith Mixon celebrates
Staff Writer

It had been a long time since the Mississippi State Bulldogs had defeated the LSU Tigers at home.

The latest result had the Bulldogs partying like it was 1999.

After knocked off LSU 17-16 on Oct. 23, 1999, it had dropped the next eight in Starkville.

That's until Saturday night.

MSU took a 17-7 halftime lead over No. 12 (Associated Press) LSU at halftime, then went on to crush the Tigers 37-7 at Davis Wade Stadium. It was the largest margin of victory ever for the Bulldogs in the series.

LSU found it difficult to deal with MSU quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores.

Aeris Williams led the Bulldogs with 146 yards rushing and averaged 6.3 yards per carry.

MSU improved its records to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs beat the Tigers for just the second time in 18 tries dating to 2000.

"You've got to win the first one in the league," MSU head football coach Dan Mullen said. "It's a huge deal to win the first conference game."

For more on the game, see complete coverage from the Starkville Daily sports staff in section C.