Good afternoon folks and welcome to Davis Wade Stadium on the campus of Mississippi State. I’m not quite sure how I’m planning to do in-game updates just yet but I’ll update on here as well as Twitter (@loganlowery) and see how that goes today. I’ll update the blog as the day goes so stay tuned…
Alcorn State has arrived at Davis Wade Stadium as the Florida-Miami game is being shown on the MooTube.
MSU has now arrived and going through the Dawg Walk in the Junction. Meanwhile, I am partaking in the pregame meal of baked chicken, scalloped potatoes and a roll.
Some of the Bulldogs specialists have taken the field to warm up. It looks like they will be wearing their glossy maroon helmets with maroon facemasks, maroon jerseys and white pants.
Tyler Russell is not listed on the depth chart for this game. Dak Prescott is listed as the starter at quarterback with true freshman Damian Williams serving as the back-up.
Right guard Justin Malone is still listed on the depth chart as is cornerback Jamerson Love. Kendrick Market will take over Jay Hughes’ spot at strong safety with Quadry Antoine listed as the back-up. Ferlando Bohanna is also missing from the depth chart with Richie Brown listed behind Benardrick McKinney at linebacker.
The quarterbacks have taken the field for warm-ups. Russell is wearing a t-shirt and gym shorts while the rest of the signal callers are dressed out.
There will be seven new starters today – Prescott, Market, RG Ben Beckwith, RB Josh Robinson, DE Chris Jones, CB Cedric Jiles, FS Dee Arrington.
Sophomore defensive tackle Quay Evans is dressed out however Nick James is not.
True freshman running back Ashton Shumpert could also see his initial playing time in college today.
Alcorn State will be clad in gold helmets, white jerseys and purple pants.
Love, Perkins, Malone and Russell are not dressed out for today’s game.
Alcorn State wins the toss and elects to receive the opening kickoff.
Deontae Skinner with an interception for the Bulldogs on the opening drive.
Bulldogs convert a 4th-and-9 and cash it in with a 10-yard touchdown run by Prescott. Devon Bell PAT, 7-0 MSU 9:22 1st.
Following a career-long 44-yard run by Jameon Lewis, Derrick Milton scores on a 3-yard run. Bell PAT, 14-0 MSU 6:16 1st.
MSU attempts a fake punt but Bell’s pass fell incomplete.
End 1st quarter – MSU 14, Alcorn State 0
Prescott tosses a 14-yard touchdown to Milton. Bell PAT, 21-0 MSU 11:34 2nd.
Shumpert scores on a 1-yard run in his very first drive. Bell PAT, 28-0 MSU 6:28 2nd. All four first downs were made by freshmen on that drive (Shumpert -2, De’Runnya Wilson, Brandon Holloway)
MSU and John Cohen just received a verbal commitment from 2015 OF/ LHP Jake Mangum from Jackson (Miss.) Prep according to Genespage.com
Cornerback Taveze Calhoun forced and recovered a fumble at the ASU 31-yard line. Prescott tossed a 31-yard touchdown to Jameon Lewis on the next play. Bell missed the PAT but the Bulldogs took a 34-0 lead with 5:15 left before halftime.
Brandon Hill dropped a 9-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone. Bell came on to kick a 26-yard field goal, 37-0 MSU 0:56 2nd.
HALFTIME: Mississippi State 37, Alcorn State 0
Key Halftime Stats:
1st downs: ASU 2; MSU 17
Rushing yards: ASU 11; MSU 134
Passing yards: ASU 19; MSU 174
Total yards: ASU 30; MSU 308
Turnovers: ASU 2; MSU 0
Penalties ASU 4-17; MSU 0-0
Possession time: ASU 14:12; MSU 15:48
Rushing: ASU – Arnold Walker 5-9; MSU – Jameon Lewis 1-44
Passing: ASU – John Gibbs, Jr. 5-13-19-0-1; MSU – Dak Prescott 12-19-174-2-0
Receiving: ASU – Tollete George 2-19; MSU – Jameon Lewis 2-35-TD
Tackles: ASU – Anthony Williams Jr. 6; MSU – Deontae Skinner 5
Holloway returns the opening kickoff of the second half 95-yards and was tackled at the 1-yard line. Williams (on his first drive) handed off to Shumpert for a 1-yard touchdown run. Evan Sobiesk PAT, 44-0 MSU 13:57 3rd.
End 3rd quarter – MSU 44, Alcorn State 0
Gibbs completes a 25-yard touchdown pass to George. Haiden McCraney PAT, 44-7 MSU 11:41 4th
Williams intercepted by ASU’s Casey Williams and returned 12-yards to the MSU 40-yard line.
Redshirt freshman WR Fred Brown has committed three of MSU’s four penalties today. He just committed his second unsportsmanlike penalty and has been ejected.
Nick Griffin added a 10-yard touchdown run. Sobiesk PAT, 51-7 MSU 5:00 4th.
FINAL: Mississippi State 51, Alcorn State 7
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