I just made it over to Davis Wade Stadium from Dudy Noble Field, where I covered Game 3 of the Bulldog World Series. The White team won 2-1 in walk-off fashion as Jake Vickerson, younger brother of Nick Vickerson, gave the White a 2-1 lead in the series with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning.Now on to football, Tyler Russell has been named the starting quarterback. I’ve been hearing Dak Prescott‘s left shoulder injury is more serious than originally thought and could be as severe as season-ending. We’ll keep an eye on that and see what information we can find out as to the extent of the injury tonight.
I’m about to write up the baseball scrimmage story but stay tuned throughout the evening for updates. I will have my partner Kedrick Storey lending a hand with tonight’s game as well so give him a follow on Twitter if you’re not already doing so (@Kedthesportsguy).
Remember that tonight’s game is on ESPN.
MSU will wear its glossy maroon helmets with maroon facemasks, maroon jerseys and white pants. Alabama will wear its traditional crimson helmets and white uniforms.
No Prescott dressed out among the quarterbacks during warm-ups. Quarterbacks dressed out are Russell, Damian Williams, Sam Cowart and Josh Hand. Prescott is in street clothes and wearing a wristband with plays on it on his left wrist. His left arm however is not in a sling.
Defensive tackle Quay Evans is not dressed out for the Bulldogs during warm-ups.
Senior basketball player Tyson Cunningham led the national anthem while the crowd sang a cappella behind him.
Alabama won the toss and will receive.
Christian Holmes at linebacker for the second straight week. Beniquez Brown earns his second straight start at linebacker. Deontae Skinner is dressed out for today’s game.
Freshman Chris Jones sacks AJ McCarron.
Former MSU player and coach Tom Goode was honored during the first timeout. He’s a great man that I got to know well early on in my career.
Cade Foster with a 43-yard field goal, 3-0 UA 7:59 1st.
Russell fumbles on a scramble but Ben Beckwith falls on it. Devon Bell comes on to punt and boots a 47-yarder to pin Alabama at the 8-yard line.
With Prescott unavailable, Baker Swedenburg will be the holder tonight.
Alabama’s first drive is 14-plays. It’s second resulted in a three-and-out.
Jameon Lewis muffs a punt for a huge loss but is able to fall on it at the UA 21-yard line.
END 1ST QUARTER – ALABAMA 3, MISSISSIPPI STATE 0
MSU honored baseball players – Ross Mitchell, Jonathan Holder, Daryl Norris, Evan Mitchell, Chad Girodo, Kendall Graveman, Adam Frazier and Hunter Renfroe on the field during the quarter change.
Evan Sobiesk missed a 23-yard field goal.
McCarron with a 18-yard touchdown pass to Brian Volger. Foster PAT, 10-0 UA 0:20 2nd.
HALFTIME: ALABAMA 10; MISSISSIPPI STATE 0
Key halftime stats:
1st downs: UA 9; MSU 4
Rushing yards: UA 99; MSU 24
Passing yards: UA 71; MSU 77
Total yards: UA 170; MSU 101
Turnovers: UA 0; MSU 0
Penalties: UA 2-13; MSU 1-5
Possession time: UA 16:17; MSU 13:43
Rushing: UA – T.J. Yeldon 12-91; MSU
Passing: UA – AJ McCarron 9-19-71-1-0; MSU – Tyler Russell 9-15-77-0-0
Receiving: UA – Christion Jones 3-10, Amari Cooper 2-28; MSU – Malcolm Johnson 3-51
Tackles: UA – Cyrus Jones 4; MSU – Kendrick Market 6
Market forced Yeldon to fumble and is recovered by Beniquez Brown at the UA 46-yard line.
Russell with a keeper and fumbled into the end zone. Charles Siddoway fell on it for the touchdown. Sobiesk PAT, 10-7 UA 10:11 3rd
McCarron answers right back with a 11-yard touchdown to Mississippi native Kevin Norwood. Foster PAT, 17-7 UA 5:46 3rd.
Russell is picked off in the end zone by HaHa Clinton-Dix
END 3RD QUARTER: ALABAMA 17, MISSISSIPPI STATE 7
Foster with a 45-yard field goal, 20-7 UA 12:15 4th
Taveze Calhoun picks off McCarron and returns it 53-yards to the UA 38-yard line.
Williams in at quarterback for MSU.
Tonight’s attendance is 57, 211 – the fourth largest crowd in school history.
A.J. Jefferson forces Kenyan Drake to fumble and is recovered by Benardrick McKinney at the UA 24-yard line.
I’m about to head down to the field. I’ll check in later.
FINAL: ALABAMA 20, MISSISSIPPI STATE 7