Live from the Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

I’ve arrived in my least favorite press box in my nine years of doing this for the 55th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl. I’ve been in Memphis since Thursday and will make my way back to Starkville tomorrow. But there’s a football game to play first and I’m expecting a good one with all the experience Rice has. It’s a beautiful afternoon with clear skies and lots of Bulldogs seem to have made their way to Memphis for this one.

I’ll be here for the duration so stay tuned for updates. Remember that today’s game is on ESPN.

MSU is wearing its glossy maroon helmets with maroon facemasks and maroon uniforms. Rice is breaking out special white helmets with navy facemasks, white jerseys and navy pants.

Rice sophomore running back Jayson Carter (4-9, 135) looks so tiny out there. I was bigger than that when I played pee wee football in the 6th grade.

It’s definitely not gonna be as big a crowd as the ’07 Liberty Bowl.

Rice has won the toss and will receive.

Tyler Russell was one of the Bulldog captains and had his right arm in a sling.

Justin Cox starts at safety for MSU.

Robert Johnson fumbles on MSU’s opening drive. The fumble was forced by James Radcliffe and recovered by Phillip Gaines at the RU 45-yard line.

Benardrick McKinney with a sack for MSU.

Rice capitalizes on the turnover. Charles Ross with a 1-yard touchdown run. Chris Boswell PAT, 7-0 RU 6:41 1st.

Dak Prescott with a 10-yard touchdown pass to LaDarius Perkins. Evan Sobiesk PAT, 7-7 2:01 1st.

END 1ST QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 7, RICE 7

Ashton Shumpert with a 1-yard touchdown run lined up at fullback. Sobiesk PAT, 14-7 9:49 2nd. That was Shumpert’s third touchdown of the season.

Prescott with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Johnson. Sobiesk’s PAT is blocked by Bryce Callahan, 20-7 MSU 4:32 2nd.

Denico Autry with his second sack of the season.

Prescott with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Artimus Samuel. Sobiesk PAT, 27-7 MSU 0:10 2nd.

HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 27, RICE 7

Key halftime stats:

1st downs: RU 6; MSU 14

Rushing yards: RU 42; MSU 67

Passing yards: RU 71; MSU 228

Total offense: RU 133; MSU 295

Individual leaders:

Rushing: RU – Charles Ross 9-26-TD; MSU – Dak Prescott 8-45

Passing: RU – Taylor McHargue 5-9-71-0-0; MSU – Dak Prescott 12-19-228-3-0

Receiving: RU – Dennis Parks 2-31; MSU – Jameon Lewis 6-181

Tackles: RU – Julius White 7; MSU – Preston Smith 5

Now to listen to Diamond Rio at halftime.

Attendance: 57,846

Prescott with a 5-yard touchdown run. Sobiesk PAT, 34-7 MSU 7:25 3rd.

Ryan Brown with a vicious sack for the Bulldogs.

A.J. Jefferson with a sack on the next play.

Prescott with an 11-yard touchdown run. Sobiesk PAT, 41-7 MSU 1:42 3rd.

Matthew Wells recovers a fumble at the RU 29-yard line.

END 3RD QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 41, RICE 7

Damian Williams now in at quarterback for MSU.

Jameon Lewis’ 220 receiving yards are a new MSU single-game record.

Bulldogs drive stalled at the 1-yard line as Williams’ jump pass is broken up.

Taylor Earhart 19-yard field goal, 44-7 MSU 4:09 4th.

FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 44, RICE 7

 Official statistics

Postgame notes & quotes

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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