I’ve just arrived in the press box on a jam-packed campus of Mississippi State. I’ve never seen it this full in my 10 years of covering the game nor in my now 33-years living in the Golden Triangle. I watched ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ in its entirety at home before coming leaving to come over. Might have been a mistake on my part because most of the parking was taken and the media lot was completely full. In case you missed it, former Diamond Dog and current Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was the guest picker and Lee Corso chose MSU and donned the Bully mascot head.
The ‘GameDay’ set is still standing as the Junction prepares for the upcoming ‘Dawg Walk’. We will have a ton of coverage in tomorrow’s Daily Journal from today. Brad Locke is here doing a story on the ‘GameDay’ festivities while Kedrick Storey, Brandon Speck and myself will have four stories on the game between No. 2 Auburn and third-ranked Mississippi State. Remember that today’s game is televised on CBS.
I’ll be updating throughout the day so stay tuned…
The Bulldogs have arrived and are walking the field right now. Judging by this, wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson is pumped and ready for this one.
Punter Devon Bell is on the field stretching during pregame warm-ups. Of course, that’s when he injured his groin last week.
Auburn is wearing its traditional white helmets and white uniforms.
MSU leading receiver Jameon Lewis does not have a helmet on and is wearing a boot on his right foot during pregame. It has been confirmed that Lewis will miss his second straight game. Redshirt freshman Gabe Myles will again start in the slot.
MSU center Dillon Day is snapping during pregame.
Kickoff has been pushed back to 2:45 p.m.
This is the loudest I’ve ever heard this stadium…and there’s still 30 minutes before kickoff.
Logan Cooke is announced as the starting punter.Day was announced as the starter at center while Ben Beckwith will move back to guard.
Today’s honorary captain is former tight end and Super Bowl champion Donald Lee.
Bully comes out dressed as “Dakman” or perhaps “The Dak Knight”.
MSU will wear its glossy maroon helmets with white facemasks, 90’s throwback maroon jerseys and white pants.
Bulldogs will receive to start the game.
State goes 3-and-out on its opening drive.
Jay Hughes picks off Nick Marshall on Auburn’s opening play and returns it to the AU 40-yard line.
Facing 3rd-and-11 and a heavy blitz, Dak Prescott tosses a 34-yard touchdown to Wilson. Evan Sobiesk PAT, 7-0 MSU 12:41 1st
Auburn has ran two plays and turned the ball over twice. Marshall completed a 7-yard pass to D’haquille Williams. Taveze Calhoun forced the fumble and it was recovered by Benardrick McKinney at the AU 32-yard line.
Josh Robinson 1-yard touchdown run. Sobiesk PAT, 14-0 MSU 11:30 1st
Kaleb Eulls and Benequez Brown credited with a sack.
Prescott with a 2-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw. Sobiesk PAT, 21-0 MSU 6:09 1st
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Kendall Graveman being recognized.
Daniel Carson misses a 28-yard field goal.
Dan Mullen tries a fake punt with Cooke but he’s intercepted by Johnathan Ford at the MSU 37-yard line. Not smart.
END 1ST QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 21, AUBURN 0
Carlson 21-yard field goal, 21-3 MSU 14:57 2nd
Prescott picked off by Jonathan Jones at midfield
Marshall completes a 3rd-and-goal pass to Sammie Coates in the end zone but he took a few steps out of bounds before making the catch. Auburn challenges and loses. Carlson 22-yard field goal, 21-6 MSU 11:17 2nd
Prescott tries to force another one and is again picked off by Jones, this time in the end zone.
For the second straight week, Jamoral Graham coughs up the football on a punt return. Recovered by Brandon King at the MSU 22-yard line.
Marshall with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Williams. Carlson PAT, 21-13 MSU 5:26 2nd
Bulldogs have turned the ball over on its last four drives.
Rain starts to fall on Scott Field.
Prescott with a 14-yard touchdown. Sobiesk PAT, 28-13 MSU 3:58 2nd
It’s really pouring now.
Gus Walley fumbles out of bounds after a first down grab.
HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 28, AUBURN 13
Key halftime stats:
First downs: AU 11; MSU 16
Rushing yards: AU 137; MSU 133
Passing yards: AU 73; MSU 182
Total yards: AU 210; MSU 315
Turnovers: AU 2; MSU 4
Penalties: AU 3-21; MSU 3-15
Possession time: AU 14:16; MSU 15:44
Rushing: AU – Nick Marshall 10-72 MSU – Dak Prescott 11-82-2 TD
Passing: AU – Nick Marshall 6-13-73-1-1; MSU – Dak Prescott 11-21-182-1-2
Receiving: AU – D’haquille Williams 3-45-TD; MSU – De’Runnya Wilson 4-72-TD
Tackles: AU – Johnathan Ford 5; MSU – Christian Holmes 5, Kaleb Eulls 5
Attendance: 62,945 – largest in MSU history
An offensive pass interference call goes against Auburn, negating a long completion. Tigers go 3-and-out on the opening drive of the second half.
Calhoun downs Cooke’s punt at the 1-yard line.
Marshall 16-yard touchdown pass to Williams. Carlson PAT, 28-20 MSU 6:09 3rd
END 3RD QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 28, AUBURN 20
Sobiesk 21-yard field goal, 31-20 MSU 11:33 4th
Ricardo Louis stripped on the ensuing kickoff by Quadry Antoine. Tolando Cleveland recovers at the AU 15-yard line.
Robinson 1-yard touchdown run. Sobiesk PAT, 38-20 MSU 11:07 4th
Carlson with a 42-yard field goal, 38-23 MSU 7:43 4th
I’m about to head down to the field, y’all play nice. I’ll update when I return to the press box following postgame.
Preston Smith sacked Marshall.
Justin Cox made a diving interception at the 3-yard line.
FINAL: NO. 3 MISSISSIPPI STATE 38, AUBURN 23