November 19, 20221st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mississippi St.142114756
1st Quarter
MSUTD13:25Griffin 12 Yd Pass From Rogers
MSUTD06:14Thomas 8 Yd Pass From Rogers
2nd Quarter
MSUTD12:51Griffin 6 Yd Pass From Rogers
MSUTD06:18Marks 22 Yd Run
3rd Quarter
MSUTD09:06Williams 5 Yd Pass From Rogers
MSUTD01:13Robinson 8 Yd Pass From Rogers
4th Quarter
MSUTD13:05Jernighan 2 Yd Pass From Lovertich
Stats at a GlanceETSMSU
1st Downs1127
3rd Down Conversions2-135-9
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Passing (Comp-Att)43 (6-18) 342 (38-49)
Rushing (Att)111 (40) 76 (16)
Total Yards154418
Fumbles Lost00
Bucs fall in season finale at Mississippi State
Bucs fall in season finale at Mississippi State
Saturday, November 19, 2022

STARKVILLE, Miss. (Nov. 19, 2022) – The ETSU football team ended its 2022 season with a 56-7 loss at Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon at Davis Wade Stadium. 

ETSU, a year removed from winning a program record 11 games, winning the Southern Conference title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs, lost its final five games of the season to finish with an overall record of 3-8. Mississippi State improved to 7-4 and takes on Ole Miss Thanksgiving night in the Egg Bowl. 

For the game, the Bucs finished with 154 yards of total offense, while Mississippi State totaled 418 yards. ETSU rushed for 111 yards, while the Bulldogs threw for 342. The Buccaneer quarterbacks threw three interceptions on Saturday, while defensive back Alijah Huzzie (Franklin, Ga.) registered his sixth of the season. Huzzie picked off Sawyer Robertson in the fourth quarter for his 12th career interception. 

Jacob Saylors (Jasper, Tenn.) finished with 59 all-purpose yards to go over 6,000 for his career. Saylors, who rushed for 43, had three receiving yards and 13 return yards, finished his illustrious Buccaneer career with 6,058 all-purpose yards, 3,851 rushing yards and 33 rushing touchdowns. The rushing yards ranked third all-time in program history, while his 1,307 rushing yards this season ranked third-most and his 15 rushing touchdowns ranked third among ETSU single-season leaders. 

ETSU’s lone scoring play came on a fourth-quarter blocked punt by Buffalo transfer Ja’Varius Harrison (Quincy, Fla.) and Erek Campbell (Memphis) – who blocked a punt earlier this year at Robert Morris – scooped it up and scored on a 29-yard return. This marked the Bucs’ second scoring play on a blocked punt this season as they also returned it at Robert Morris, while Jawan Martin (Decatur, Tenn.) blocked a punt at Mercer back in October. 

The Bulldogs scored on their first three possessions to open a 21-0 lead – and after ETSU got a fourth-down stop to start its fourth series on the Mississippi State 24-yard line – Baron May’s (New Philadelphia, Ohio) pass was intercepted and returned 82 yards for a touchdown. May’s pass was intended for Cameron Lewis (Atlanta), which was bobbled and kicked up in the air, allowing Emmanuel Forbes to return it for his sixth career pick-six, breaking an SEC and FBS record. 

After leading 35-0 at halftime, the Bulldogs scored 21 points in the second half to post their seventh win of the season. Mississippi State scored 21 points off the three Buccaneer turnovers on Saturday, while the Bulldogs’ average starting field position was its own 40-yard line. 

Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers finished 30-for-37 for 301 yards and five touchdowns. 

To go with his blocked punt, Harrison led the Bucs with nine tackles, while Stephen Scott (Greensboro, N.C.) – who missed the last five games – finished with eight hits. Davion Hood (Kennesaw, Ga.) had one of ETSU’s two sacks. 

ETSU, who was looking to knock off an SEC foe for the second straight year after winning at Vanderbilt in last season’s opener, is 2-14 all-time against Power-5 teams. 

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