Louisiana Tech lost almost 90 yards on one play


Mississippi State's relatively carefree evening of football didn't start out so well.

This is an 87-yard loss on a fumble.

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Louisiana Tech's high-powered offense resulted in a 52-24, win over Northwestern State in the season opener. The last time Tech hosted an SEC team in Ruston was Mississippi State in 2008.

Speaking of the young secondary, for Louisiana Tech it doesn't get any younger than true freshman cornerback Amik Robertson.

Click the video above to see how the Bulldog defense took over in a road victory.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound signal caller not only poses a threat through the air but has eight career games of 100 yards or more rushing. The sequence left Louisiana Tech facing a third-and-goal 87 yards from the end zone.

MSU's defense was tested for the first time under Grantham and it passed with flying colors. Miss State led 50-14. The redshirt junior entered the season listed as a first-team All-Conference USA pick and an Athlon Sports preseason first-team All-Conference USA selection.

It also means that MSU's offensive line must be better.

Last year, Fitzgerald had the unenviable job of replacing record-setting quarterback Dak Prescott.

Fitzgerald threw for 124 yards and ran for 111 yards.

In the defensive, giving up 386 total yards, Tech forced three turnovers and converted all to touchdowns. On second down and goal to goal from the Mississippi State six-yard line, a shotgun snap sailed high over Smith's head. They had a good opportunity at the start of the quarter when they got a first-and-goal, but on second down, they fumbled the ball.