I’ve arrived in the press box for this week’s homecoming game against UT Martin. The Skyhawks have arrived and are walking the field right now. It’s a perfect fall afternoon here in Starkville with hardly a cloud in the sky. I’m interested to see how the return of Dylan Favre goes and how much he plays. I was high on him in recruiting and always enjoyed watching him play. He has a bit of his uncle Brett and a little Johnny Manziel in him which makes for an exciting combination.
I’ll be here alongside Kedrick Storey throughout the game so stay tuned for updates.
Favre received a lot of hugs and handshakes as Mississippi State made their way onto the field.
Jameon Lewis is out on the field early again getting loose for this one.
Justin Jenkins will serve as the honorary captain for today’s game.
The Skyhawks will wear white helmets with navy facemasks, white jerseys and navy pants.
Gabe Myles will start for Lewis in the slot.
Favre is one of UT Martin’s captains.
MSU will wear a glossy maroon helmet with white facemask and maroon uniforms.
State won the toss and will receive.
Dak Prescott does indeed start the game and completes the first play from scrimmage to Malcolm Johnson for a 7-yard gain.
Bulldogs go three-and-out on opening drive.
Jamerson Love nearly had a pick on UT-Martin’s first play and is shaken up on the second.
UT Martin moves the chains twice on its opening drive before punting.
No sign of Will Redmond yet on MSU’s sideline. Redmond is suspended one-game for a violation of team rules.
Prescott completes a 14-yard touchdown to Blaine Clausell but it’s called back for illegal touching for the offensive lineman.
Prescott with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Fred Brown. Evan Sobiesk PAT, 7-0 MSU 6:44 1st
Love returns to the game. That’s big especially with Redmond suspended.
Favre completes his first pass for six yards.
Jackson Redditt with a 33-yard field goal, 7-3 MSU 1:33 1st
END 1ST QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 7, UT MARTIN 3
Prescott with a 48-yard touchdown scramble on the first play of the 2nd quarter. Sobiesk PAT, 14-3 MSU 14:49 2ND.
Zach Jackson back in action this week.
Ryan Brown sacks Favre on third down.
Love downs Devon Bell‘s punt at the 5-yard line.
Brandon Holloway with a 35-yard touchdown run. Sobiesk PAT, 21-3 MSU 6:31 2nd
Fred Ross has been back deep on all punts so far.
Lewis is not dressed and is out for today’s game.
27-yard field goal by Sobiesk, 24-3 MSU 0:35 2nd
HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 24, UT MARTIN 3
Key halftime stats:
First downs: UTM 7, MSU 14
Rushing yards: UTM 86; MSU 156
Passing yards: UTM 50; MSU 142
Total offense: UTM 136, MSU 298
Turnovers: UTM 0; MSU 0
Penalties: UTM 2-15, MSU 2-10
Possession time: UTM 16:02, MSU 13:58
Rushing: UTM – Trent Garland 6-44, MSU – Brandon Holloway 3-59-TD
Passing: UTM – Dylan Favre 5-9-33-0-0; MSU – Dak Prescott 11-19-132-1-0
Receiving: UTM – William Tanner 3-35, MSU – Gabe Myles 4-48
Tackles: UTM – Ttony Bell 5, Kahlid Hagens 5, MSU – Ryan Brown 5
Jamoral Graham is fielding punts during halftime. He’s got on gloves.
Preston Smith sacks Favre and forces a fumble.
Graham grabs a fair catch on a punt and the crowd erupts.
Prescott starts the third quarter.
Prescott with a 55-yard touchdown pass to Joe Morrow. Sobiesk PAT, 31-3 MSU 8:52 3rd
END 3RD QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 38, UT MARTIN 3
Jarod Neal with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Ben Axline. Redditt PAT, 38-10 MSU 10:14 4th
Damian Williams fumbles the exchange and is recovered by Deantae Glover at the 18-yard line.
Neal scores on a 1-yard sneak. Redditt’s extra point is blocked by Nick James, 38-16 MSU 7:28 4th
Williams with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Graham. Westin Graves PAT, 45-16 MSU 3:37 4th
Headed down to the field. Will update when I return to the press box.
FINAL: NO. 1 MISSISSIPPI STATE 45, UT MARTIN 16