The SEC showdown came just a week after Texas A&M was ranked fourth behind Alabama, Clemson and MI in the season's first College Football Playoff rankings. Fitzgerald led a a drive that took 7:34 off the clock, which he capped off with an outstanding four-yard touchdown run. The Bulldogs had lost their previous three games against FBS competition.
Texas A&M falls to 7-2, and the Aggies' chances of making the College Football Playoff are finished.
Mississippi State's lead went to 14-0 thanks to a short TD run from running back Aeris Williams, but the Aggies looked like they were starting to gain control of the game when quarterback Trevor Knight ran 19 yards for a touchdown of his own.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald was hit a few yards shy of the end zone as one, two and then three Texas A&M defenders tried to pull him to the ground.
Fitzgerald threw two long touchdown passes to start off the second quarter, and just like that, the Bulldogs had a commanding 28-7 lead. Mississippi State ran 10 straight running plays at one point in the drive.
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Jake Hubenak replaced Knight and did his best to keep the Aggies in it, throwing for 222 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, but he threw a late interception that sealed the victory for the Bulldogs. On the drive, Knight was a flawless 5-of-5 passing for 43 yards and added two carries for 30 yards, including the touchdown run.
Fitzgerald was 18-of-31 passing for 209 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Knight hurt his shoulder on that play and was never able to return to the game. James White had six yards and a touchdown.
Wisconsin 21, Northwestern 7 - Corey Clement ran for 106 yards and a touchdown, Jazz Peavy scored on a 46-yard run, and the No. 8 Badgers (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) put waway the host Wildcats (4-5, 3-3).
This isn't the first time Texas A&M has questioned officiating. On the defense, Mississippi State football yields 263.9 yards in passing and 154.8 yards in rushing against their opponents. A&M would cut the lead to seven in the fourth quarter after a Christian Kirk touchdown, but Fitzgerald answered again after plowing into the end zone, putting the lead up to 14 with 3 minutes to play.