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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas quarterback Ty Storey throws a pass during a game against Mississippi State on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Starkville, Miss. - Photo by Ben Goff

Mississippi State scored touchdowns on seven consecutive possessions to rout the University of Arkansas 52-6 on Saturday in Starkville, Miss.

The Bulldogs (7-4, 3-4 SEC) started their string of touchdowns with 10:28 to go in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead, then ended the stretch with backup QB Keytaon Thompson's 33-yard TD pass to Austin Williams to go up 52-6 with 5:20 left in the game.

QB Nick Fitzgerald finished 9-of-14 passing for 127 yards and 4 TDs for Mississippi State. He also ran 14 times for 85 yards and 1 TD in his final home start. The Bulldogs outgained the Hogs 475-219 for the game.

Down 17-3 at the half, the Razorbacks (2-9, 0-7) thought they had a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half, but Ty Storey's 6-yard TD pass to Deon Stewart on third and 4 was negated by an offensive pass interference penalty on La'Michael Pettway. The Hogs settled for a 32-yard Connor Limpert field goal to cut their deficit to 17-6.

The Bulldogs went to the air to regain control, as Fitzgerald connected with Justin Johnson for 17 yards to set up a 34-yard scoring strike between the two for a 24-6 edge.

A botched Arkansas punt allowed Mississippi State to score just over a minute later. Punter Reid Butler fumbled the snap, and the Bulldogs tackled him for a 16-yard loss to gain possession at the Hogs 4. On the next play, Fitzgerald hit Keith Mixon for a 4-yard TD and 31-6 lead with 7:41 left in the third quarter.

After Storey threw an interception, Fitzgerald hooked up with Osirus Mitchell for 15 yards to complete a 58-yard drive. The extra point made the score 38-6 with 3:02 left in the third quarter.

Connor Noland relieved Storey on Arkansas' next possession, and RB Rakeem Boyd sprung free for a 31-yard gain. Arkansas still had to punt when Noland was sacked at midfield on third down.

Fitzgerald's 19-yard TD pass to Williams capped a six-play, 50-yard drive to put the Bulldogs up 45-6.

Mississippi State controlled the first half from the opening possession, a 14-play, 81-yard grind that resulted in Jace Christmann's 19-yard field goal with 8:27 left in the quarter. The Bulldogs converted three third-down plays on the drive.

The Hogs drove 50 yards on their opening possession, but Limpert missed a 43-yard field goal.

The Bulldogs scored their first touchdown on their third drive, going 53 yards — all on the ground — in 11 plays. Fitzgerald scored from 2 yards out to put MSU up 10-0 with 10:28 left in the first half.

After Arkansas went three and out, the Bulldogs drove 72 yards on eight plays. Nick Gibson scored from 8 yards out for a 17-0 advantage.

Arkansas got on the board on its last drive of the first half. Storey completed five consecutive passes, which led to Limpert's 36-yard field goal with 44 seconds left in the half.

The Bulldogs held a 204-104 yardage advantage in the first half, 166 of which came on the ground.

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  • MaxCady
    November 17, 2018 at 12:35 p.m.

    Did you happen to see the graphic that said Ar-kan't-saw hasn't been this bad since 1952??!! The coach back then was none other than Otis "the town drunk" Douglas!! ROLL TIDE!!

  • newspaper8901
    November 17, 2018 at 3:08 p.m.

    No one expected the Hogs to be good this year, but no one expected this disaster, either. I don't understand why the defense is so terrible - a lot of players returned from last year. I thought Chavis was considered a really good get for Arkansas ....

  • MaxCady
    November 17, 2018 at 3:13 p.m.

    I bet that Frank wouldn't have hired him!! He should have applied for the Conway High job a year ago!! I heard he was an awesome High School coach!

  • JakeTidmore
    November 17, 2018 at 3:57 p.m.

    Dig up Frank's grave and you just might find that he's left town because of this embarrassing level of coaching, playing, and support. --
    Q: What do you call a Razorback fan with a piglet under his arm?
    A: A pimp.
    -
    Q: What is the difference between a Razorbacks fan and a baby?
    A: The baby will stop whining after awhile.
    -
    Q: How many Razorbacks does it take to change a tire?
    A: One, unless it's a blowout, in which case they all show up
    -
    Heard in a Little Rock sports bar: "I don't always watch girls play football. But, when I do, it's the Arkansas Razorbacks!"

  • HarleyOwner
    November 17, 2018 at 5:09 p.m.

    Embarrassing,just embarrassing. Thank God the season is about over. So much for "Hammer Down"

  • Delta2
    November 17, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.

    @Newspaper8901...The rest of the SEC knew that Chavis has seen his best days long ago...Arkansas unfortunately wasn't in on the joke. The man was good at Tennessee, and good for a year or two at LSU, but the decline began in the latter part there. If Morris wants to keep his job into the next decade, he should seriously look at changing his defensive coordinator.

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