I just arrived at Ladd-Peebles stadium for the first time. I got here yesterday afternoon and can tell you that South Alabama fans are pumped about this game. This is the first time they’ve sold out in their six years and are expecting 40,000 in this 33,000 seat facility. It’s a beautiful day down here on the coast and if you can’t be here you can catch the game on ESPNews. South Alabama just arrived and its players are walking the field now.
I’ll be here for the duration so stay tuned…
MSU just arrived as well and the players are walking the field.
South Alabama will wear white headgears, red jerseys and white britches.
True freshmen on the MSU travel roster include Elijah Staley, Nick Fitzgerald, Westin Graves, Logan Cooke, Elgton Jenkins, Jamoral Graham and Rashun Dixon.
Safety Justin Cox did make the trip to Mobile. But Cox is not wearing a helmet during warm-ups so him playing does not look good. I’m told Deontay Evans will start at safety.
Offensive lineman Jamaal Clayborn is not among the offensive lineman warming up. He did not make the trip.
Safety Kendrick Market is dressed out.
They had a helicopter flyover after the national anthem.
South Alabama won the toss and deferred to the second half. MSU will receive.
MSU is wearing maroon matte helmets with white facemasks and white uniforms.
Nick Griffin starts at running back.
Bulldogs go three-and-out on first series.
Jags move the chains once on the opening drive then punt.
Cox is not dressed out.
Jags mascot holding a giant cowbell that reads “Bell No”
Prescott sacked on third down so State goes 3-and-out again. Devon Bell’s punt goes all of 25-yards. Brandon Holloway had that series at running back.
Aleem Sunanon missed a 31-yard knuckled field goal. Preston Smith gets credit for the block.
Ashton Shumpert gets the third series in the backfield.
Prescott with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Johnson. Evan Sobiesk PAT, 7-0 MSU 4:56 1st
Brandon Bridge fumbles and its recovered by Richie Brown at the USA 32-yard line.
Shumpert fumbles on the next play. Forced by former MSU recruit Maleki Harris and recovered by Jerome McClain.
Bridge sacked by Matthew Wells and Nelson Adams.
A small plane continues to fly over the stadium.
END 1ST: MISSISSIPPI STATE 7, SOUTH ALABAMA 0
De’Runnya Wilson with his second penalty of the day.
This time Bell’s punt goes 70-yards.
State’s secondary still has problems.
Sunanon 26-yard field goal, 7-3 MSU 9:30 2nd.
Josh Robinson 2-yard touchdown run. Sobiesk PAT, 14-3 MSU 7:00 2nd.
I hope you guys can hear the ESPNews announcers. I sure can. They’re yelling right next to me.
The first double pass touchdown of the year. Prescott to Jameon Lewis then back to Prescott for a 24-yard touchdown. Sobiesk PAT, 21-3 MSU 4:27 2nd.
Will Redmond picks off Bridge. That’s his first career interception. Bulldogs take over at the USA 32-yard line.
Robinson with a 15-yard touchdown run on an option. Sobiesk PAT, 28-3 MSU 2:28 2nd.
Chris Jones with his second sack of the year but is flagged for celebration.
HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 28, SOUTH ALABAMA 3
Key halftime stats:
1ST Downs: MSU 16; USA 9
Rushing: MSU 135, USA 10
Passing: MSU 186, USA 140
Total offense: MSU 321; USA 150
Turnovers: MSU 1; USA 2
Penalties: MSU 5-50, USA 2-7
Possession time: MSU 14:43; USA 15:17
Rushing: MSU – Dak Prescott 11-81, USA – Jay Jones 3-5
Passing: MSU – Dak Prescott 11-18-162-1-0; USA – Brandon Bridge 14-26-149-0-1
Receiving: MSU – Jameon Lewis 5-50; USA – Jereme Jones 4-33, Shavarez Smith 3-46
Tackles: MSU – Beniquez Brown 4, Matthew Wells 4, Benardrick McKinney 4; USA Maleki Harris 6
Preston Smith with a sack.
Wells has to be helped off the field. He’s played a heck of a game so far today.
Benardrick McKinney with a sack.
Robinson fumbles at the 6-yard line going in. Maleki Harris with his second forced fumble. It was recovered by Terrell Brigham.
Attendance is 38,129 – first sellout in South Alabama history.
Prescott with a 40-yard touchdown run. Sobiesk PAT, 35-3 MSU 7:17 3rd.
Wells has returned.
Smith lowers the boom on Bridge. McKinney recovers the fumble.
New quarterback for USA Matt Floyd. Bridge was shaken up on the sack by Smith.
LB Richie Brown shaken up.
THIRD QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 35, SOUTH ALABAMA 3
Damian Williams now in at quarterback for MSU.
Tolando Cleveland with his first career interception.
FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 35, SOUTH ALABAMA 3