STARKVILLE, ma’am. – – Will Rogers threw 406 yards and set a school record with six touchdown passes on Saturday as Mississippi State recovered from its loss with a 45-14 win over Bowling Green.
“I think it’s a good game for everyone,” said Rogers. “I think we’ve recovered well compared to what we did last week. I think it’s important that we get on the pitch and start quickly. I still think there’s some things that we do. can do so we need to be perfect in everything that we do.”
After having a more balanced attack than usual for most of the first two games, Air Raid returned for Mike Leach’s team against the Falcons. Rogers went through 38 of the 49 people, finding 12 different receivers.
It was the third time this season that Rogers completed at least 78% of his passes. Six touchdowns knocks his own school record he set a season ago. He also hit 400 yards for the seventh time in his three seasons.
Caleb Ducking made seven 96-meter catches in his career and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (3-1). Lideatrick “Tulu” Griffin had five catches in 54 yards and one touchdown and scored another 70 yards on two return kicks.
One of the keys to Saturday’s offense was an increase in speed. MSU has been known for taking possession more often than not under Leach. On Saturday, Bowling Green took that stat of 32:48 to 27:12, but MSU had five of its six touchdown hits scored at 2:30 or faster.
“I think it’s the best tempo we’ve had this year and probably since I’ve been here,” Leach said. “We still have a lot of ways to go, but we’re getting better and better.”
Bowling Green did not start quarterback Matt McDonald, who went out for an unknown reason. In his place, Camden Orth went 17 -28 for 172 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Falcons (1-3) trailed 462-246 and had only 45 yards of dash.
“Obviously, not the result we wanted by any means, but they played hard,” coach Steve Morrison said. “The way we look at it, we’re moving forward and our season kicks off with our MAC conference schedule. That’s what we’re 100% aiming for.”
Nathaniel Watson led the MSU defense with his 10 tackles. MSU’s defense surrendered a few touches with a 97-yard hit in the first half and then a touchdown in the third round against the second team.
On the other hand, it was a solid day at the office for the unit that was forced to pay eight fines and had a revenue of Shawn Preston Jr. of the. intercept just before the first half.
Bowling Green School does not have a coach Scot Loeffler because of “personal health issues,” the school said Friday. The school gave no details on Loeffler’s condition, but did say he is expected to return to the sidelines for the Falcons’ next game against Akron on October 1.
Mississippi State struggled in offensive play against LSU and lost a potential big road win in Baton Rouge, La. Saturday was a chance to turn the tide with a key stretch on the road that included a back-to-back against the home SEC West teams at Texas A&M and Arkansas.
Mississippi State hosts the Texas A&M on October 1 while Bowling Green travels to Akron.