Bulldogs close out regular season with 51-32 win

Mississippi State and its new Air Raid offense has struggled more often than not this year, but tonight it was working more than enough to cruise past Missouri in a 51-32 win. The Air Raid offense is basically known for its passing attack. The offensive system has a reputation for scoring points by having insane yards through the air. However, tonight it looked a little different.

While the Bulldogs did have success through the air, we saw the offense do something else that it hasn’t done all year – run the football. State rushed for over 100 yards with two rushing touchdowns. Now, that may not seem like much in previous MSU seasons, but going in to tonight’s game against Missouri the Bulldogs only averaged around 20 total rushing yards per game.

The game saw a more balanced offensive attack compared to the previous 9 games of the season. And while the offense deserves a lot of praise, the defense and special teams deserve some recognition as well. The MSU secondary has had their share of misfortune this season, but tonight the group recorded 3 interceptions in key moments. The kickoff unit scored a touchdown on a muffed punt and the kickers were a perfect 3 for 3 in field goals and 6 for 6 in extra points.

Overall, it was a great effort on all sides of the ball for the Bulldogs. The team has made steady improvement over their last several games and a win today should secure a bowl spot.

Bowl selections will be announced tomorrow, December 20th.

Nathan Wright

Nathan Wright covers sports, news and events in the Mississippi Delta and throughout the Magnolia State for the Mississippi News Network.

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