Fitzgerald completed just 14 of 29 passes and with a pair of interceptions for 89 yards as Georgia (4-0, 1-0 SEC) limited Mississippi State (3-1, 1-1) to 280 yards and zero touchdowns. LSU will also provide live stats of the match at http://lsu.statbroadcast.com.
Mississippi State arrived in Athens with all kind of momentum, riding high after thumping LSU a week earlier and becoming upstart darlings in the days that followed.
Georgia opens the 2018 baseball season at home at Foley Field (Feb. 16-18) with a three-game series against the Georgia Southern Eagles. The RPI is the NCAA's primary ranking system used for awarding teams at-large consideration to the NCAA Tournament at the end of the season.
Georgia averaged 15.2 yards per play on its first nine offensive snaps. The defense spent all week hearing about how unstoppable Mississippi State's offense was under jilted Georgia native Nick Fitzgerald.
Now one-third of the way through the regular season, it has stamped itself as the team to beat in the SEC East and perhaps the league's second-best team after top-ranked Alabama.
That's certainly a tough pace to hold, but if it continues, it's going to be tough for Mississippi State to come back. Central (7 p.m. Eastern). Mississippi State is a ideal 3-0 against the spread while Georgia is 2-1.
Adam Choice had a 6-yard tiebreaking touchdown in the fourth quarter and Travis Etienne had two scoring runs in the final six minutes as No. 2 Clemson wore down Boston College in a 34-7 victory Saturday. "We felt like there would be some players peeking in the backfield and Terry got behind them". Georgia has an edge in talent, but Fitzgerald will help Mississippi State keep it close.
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Saturday night's game was the first of eight consecutive conference games for the Bulldogs.
The TCU defense forced Rudolph into easily his worst game of the season. "And it worked", Smart said. "We have so many weapons that we all can just do whatever".
"It's the new-age quarterbacks", said Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith.
The Bulldogs spent last week running over Samford, after posting an impressive 20-19 victory at Notre Dame. "I'm not going to sit here and say we've arrived, because I don't think that's the case". It is rare when we see true greatness in a Bulldog team.
Georgia has played five other schools more often than the other Bulldogs, including Georgia Tech, former SEC member Tulane and current conference foe SC, though most of those 64 meetings against the Gamecocks came before they even joined the league in 1992.
Mississippi State: QB Nick Fitzgerald, RB Aeris Williams, NT Jeffery Simmons, CB Tolando Cleveland, OL Martinas Rankin, OL Deion Calhoun, LB Dez Harris, WR Donald Gray.
Perhaps the oddest note in this pseudo-rivalry: Georgia and Mississippi State met twice (in 1959 and 1961) at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, then known as Grant Field. The Boilermakers are quietly one of the Big Ten's best offenses, putting up over 35 points per game. He should be ready to go today.