I just arrived in the press box for today’s early start at Davis Wade Stadium. Fans are already in a frenzy in the Junction surrounding the SEC Nation set. There’s a little chill in the air this morning and I even broke out a light jacket for the first time this fall. The weather is either changing or I’m getting older (my birthday is tomorrow). I’m expecting a high-scoring game here today and I’ve got Gene Phelps and Kedrick Storey alongside to share the workload. We will have a ton of coverage in tomorrow’s paper from this and the other marquee matchup in the state so be sure and pick up a copy.
Remember that senior center Dillon Day is suspended for this one and I’m expecting Ben Beckwith to start in his place. I think Devon Desper will get the start in Beckwith’s right guard position. Today’s game will be on ESPN at 11 a.m. so stay tuned for updates throughout the day. Thanks for following along.
The Bulldogs have arrived to a ton of fanfare and are walking the field right now. Texas A&M is here as well, a few of the specialists are out on the field stretching.
The Aggies are going with all white uniforms including white helmets with a chrome logo.
Desper was announced as a starter at guard for today’s game.
MSU flipped the commitment of Aliceville, Ala., three-star defensive end Anfernee Mullins. Mullins was previously committed to South Alabama.
The Bulldogs will wear their glossy maroon helmets with white facemasks, maroon 90’s throwback uniforms and white pants.
There was a nice tribute to Jack Cristil before the game. There was a video package of some of Jack’s memorable calls, the band spelled out “JACK” and the flyover was in a missing man formation.
Jameon Lewis is out for today’s game with a right leg injury.
MSU won the toss and deferred to the second half.
Kenny Hill with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds on the opening drive. Josh Lambo PAT, 7-0 A&M 13:19 1st.
Brandon Holloway is back deep for the Bulldogs along with Robert Johnson returning kicks.
Qualen Cunningham been ejected for targeting.
Josh Robinson 1-yard touchdown run. Evan Sobiesk PAT, 7-7 10:30 1st
Dak Prescott sacked on the second play of the game by Myles Garrett.
True freshman kicker Logan Cooke makes his MSU debut.
Jamoral Graham muffs a punt and the Aggies recover at the 26-yard line.
Bulldogs make a huge stop on 4th-and-1 from the 17-yard line. Beniquez Brown gobbles up Tra Carson for a 3-yard loss. MSU gets the ball back at its own 20-yard line.
Robinson with a 2-yard touchdown run. Sobiesk PAT, 14-7 MSU 0:13 1st.
END 1ST QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 14, TEXAS A&M 7
Benardrick McKinney with a sack.
Second effort on 3rd-and-goal gets Prescott into the end zone from 2-yards out. Sobiesk PAT, 21-7 MSU 8:33 2nd
Richie Brown picks off a tipped pass and returns it 30-yards to midfield.
Robinson gives it right back to the Aggies with a fumble.
Richie Brown nabs another interception.
Day is seen giving Gatorade to an official during a timeout on the video board. Crowd erupts.
Prescott tosses a 9-yard touchdown to De’Runnya Wilson. Sobiesk PAT, 28-7 MSU 2:02 2nd
Lambo 27-yard field goal, 28-10 MSU 0:02 2nd
HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 28, TEXAS A&M 10
Key halftime stats:
1st downs: TAMU 14, MSU 15
Rushing yards: TAMU 79, MSU 138
Passing yards: TAMU 169, MSU 151
Total yards: TAMU 248, MSU 289
Turnovers: TAMU 2, MSU 2
Penalties: TAMU 4-30, MSU 2-10
Possession time: TAMU 13:52, MSU 16:08
Rushing: TAMU – Kenny Hill 6-49 MSU – Josh Robinson 10-77-2 TD
Passing: TAMU – Kenny Hill 19-31-169-1-2; MSU – Dak Prescott 11-13-140-1-0
Receiving: TAMU – Ricky Seals-Jones 6-47, MSU – De’Runnya Wilson 3-55-TD
Tackles: TAMU – Myles Garrett 6, MSU – Taveze Calhoun 7
Today’s attendance is 61,133 – 2nd largest in school history
Sobiesk misses a 42-yard field goal
Preston Smith and P.J. Jones combined for a sack.
Prescott scores on a 2-yard run following a 51-yard run by Holloway. Extra point is blocked by Ivan Robinson, 34-10 MSU 6:38 3rd
Zach Jackson shaken up.
P.J. Jones shaken up on the next play.
Hill with a 24-yard touchdown to Speedy Noil. Noil made a really athletic play to get that one in the end zone. Lambo PAT, 34-17 MSU 3:30 3rd
Prescott with a 52-yard touchdown pass to Fred Brown. Sobiesk PAT, 41-17 MSU 2:08 3rd
END 3RD QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 41, TEXAS A&M 17
Fred Ross drops a sure touchdown pass. I guess he was too wide open on that one.
Robinson now has 103 yards on the ground.
A.J. Jefferson sacks Hill.
Richie Brown with his third interception of the day.
Prescott goes untouched 11-yards on a quarterback draw for a touchdown . Sobiesk PAT, 48-17 10:19 4th
Gabe Jackson and Nikoe Whitley are both here today.
Jefferson with his second sack.
The wave has broken out at Davis Wade Stadium. With that I’m headed to the field. Will update following postgame interviews.
Hill threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Noil. Lambo PAT, 48-24 MSU 2:29 4th
Hill tossed a 23-yard touchdown to Josh Reynolds. Lambo PAT, 48-31 1:25 4th
FINAL: NO. 12 MISSISSIPPI STATE 48, TEXAS A&M 31