Mississippi State plays at home for the first time as the No. 1 team in the nation. The Bulldogs host Arkansas – the team in which their 10-game winning streak started. It’s rather chilly right now and temperatures will drop even further when the sun sets. Hopefully I packed enough clothes to keep warm. Remember that tonight’s game will be televised on ESPN2. I’ve got Kedrick Storey alongside to help out with some of the workload this evening.
I’ll be here through the duration so stay tuned for updates…
Arkansas has arrived and is walking the field.
MSU players just went through the Dawg Walk and are now walking the field as well.
I’m watching Rufus Warren and Blaine Clausell get loose throwing the football. Dan Mullen bragged earlier this week that Clausell had a hose and the strongest arm on the team. He was throwing a tight spiral from 60-yards in warm-ups.
Jameon Lewis appears to be full speed going through warm-ups.
The Razorbacks will wear white helmets with white facemasks and white uniforms.
True freshman linebacker J.T. Gray is dressed out for today’s game. He has not played yet this season.
MSU has received two 2016 commitments from Quincy Lenton and Zaire Jones of Meridian. Both are safeties.
Former defensive lineman Robert Young is the honorary captain.
Former hoops player Tyson Cunningham started the national anthem and then the 60,000-plus on-hand finished it. Cool moment.
Arkansas won the toss and elected to receive.
MSU is wearing its glossy maroon helmets with white facemasks, 90’s throwback maroon uniforms and white pants.
Gray makes the tackle on the opening play of the game. First play for the true freshman.
Taveze Calhoun leaves the game with an injury to his left arm/ shoulder.
36-yard field goal by Adam McFain on Arkansas’ opening drive. 3-0 Arkansas, 9:50 1st. This is just the third time State has trailed this season.
MSU’s first play from scrimmage is a 20-yard completion from Dak Prescott to Malcolm Johnson.
Prescott is picked off on the third play by Alan Turner at the UA 36-yard line.
Calhoun returns to the game.
Lewis in for the second offensive drive.
The 1985 Diamond Dogs are being honored. Quite the ovation for Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Rafael Palmeiro, Bobby Thigpen and Ron Polk.
Jamoral Graham with a fair catch at the 9-yard line.
Josh Robinson with a one-handed grab that goes for a 47-yard gain.
Malcolm Johnson flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
END 1ST QUARTER: ARKANSAS 3, MISSISSIPPI STATE 0
Graham muffs a punt for the fourth straight game. Arkansas’ Kody Walker recovers at the MSU 25-yard line.
Alex Collins with a 1-yard touchdown run. McFain PAT, 10-0 UA 11:01 2nd
Robinson with a 3-yard touchdown run. Evan Sobiesk PAT, 10-7 UA 7:30 2nd
Anthony Dixon and Darius Slay on the sidelines tonight.
Arkansas left tackle Dan Skipper shaken up, all 6-foot-10, 326-pounds of him.
Fred Ross back deep for the fair catch this time.
BREAKING: Mullen just used a first half timeout.
Prescott picked off again, this time by Brooks Ellis.
HALFTIME: ARKANSAS 10, MISSISSIPPI STATE 7
Key halftime stats:
First downs: UA 10, MSU 10
Rushing: UA 72, MSU 65
Passing: UA 88, MSU 152
Turnovers: UA 0, MSU 3
Penalties: UA 2-10, MSU 2-15
Possession time: UA 19:14, MSU 10:46
Rushing: UA – Alex Collins 8-29-TD, MSU – Josh Robinson 10-39-TD
Passing: UA – Brandon Allen 11-20-88-0-0; MSU – Dak Prescott 10-16-152-0-2
Receiving: UA – Keon Hatcher 4-27, MSU – Josh Robinson 4-74
Tackles: UA – Martrell Spaight 7, Brooks Ellis 7, MSU – Taveze Calhoun 4, Matthew Wells 4
State drives down to the UA 22-yard line on the opening drive of the second half but turns it over on downs on a 4th-and-1 run that comes up short.
Sobiesk 37-yard field goal, 10-10 3:35 3rd
END 3RD QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 10, ARKANSAS 10
McFain misses a 42-yard field goal.
Prescott with a 69-yard touchdown pass to a WIDE open Fred Ross. Sobiesk PAT, 17-10 MSU 13:21 4th
Big stop on 4th-and-goal from the 2-yard line by MSU’s defense.
Headed down to the field now.
Will Redmond intercepted Brandon Allen in the end zone to seal the game for MSU.
FINAL: NO. 1 MISSISSIPPI STATE 17, ARKANSAS 10