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MSU Practice Report: Mississippi State Goes Back to the Drawing Board After Loss at LSU

Mississippi State saw its offense regress back to its pre-Auburn self Saturday at LSU, as the Bulldogs were beyond one-dimensional and turnover prone. This week, as the Bulldogs prepare to face yet another top ranked defense in Texas A&M, Mississippi State’s offensive coordinator Luke Getsy reflected on what went wrong against the Tigers, and what changes we can expect to see as the Bulldogs plan to play backup quarterback Keytaon Thompson in some form or fashion this weekend.

Speaking to Bulldog quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, he insists the offense Joe Moorhead is running plays to his strengths. When asked about his relationship with his backup, Fitzgerald emphasized their strong friendship, that will endure no matter what happens in the coming weeks.

Mississippi State has struggled all season to find its identity on the offensive side of the ball, and after a glimmer of hope against Auburn, it all faded away in Tiger Stadium. If the Bulldogs want to hold out any hope of a winning season and a decent bowl berth, either the players in place now have to find a way to click, or there need to be wholesale adjustments and changes. The addition of Thompson to the rotation feels like a move in that direction, but he was not impressive in his lone start of the season, nor has he shown the consistency in the passing game that makes you feel like his arrival will jumpstart the Bulldogs’ mediocre air attack. We’ll just have to see if that move will be the spark the Bulldogs so desperately need, or the final nail in the coffin of what’s been a disappointing season.

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