I’ve arrived at Bryant-Denny Stadium for what will be the chilliest game so far. It’s probably the biggest game in Mississippi State’s history and also the marquee match-up so far this season in college football. ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ was packing up when I arrived at the stadium and today’s game will be televised on CBS. The Bulldogs were going to bus over from Starkville today.
I’ll be here for the duration so stay tuned for updates.
Both teams have arrived at the stadium. A few of the specialists have came out to start their pregame warm-ups.
Like he has for the last three games, Jameon Lewis is out early running routes. Doesn’t look gimpy at all from his right leg injury. He also went through team warm-ups as well.
Saw Westin Graves bust it trying to kick a 47-yard field goal during pregame. Devon Bell was also attempting a few field goals as well.
Looked down at the crowd and see a grown man wearing an Alabama cape.
The Crimson Tide will wear their traditional crimson helmets and jerseys with white pants.
MSU will wear its matte maroon helmets with white facemasks and white uniforms.
Bama wins the toss and will receive.
T.J. Yeldon enters the game for Alabama.
Bama goes 3-and-out on the opening drive.
Fred Ross fields the opening punt.
Dak Prescott completes the first play from scrimmage to Lewis for a 6-yard gain.
State moves the chains twice before punting on its opening drive.
Bulldogs will start their next drive at their own 5-yard line.
Josh Robinson tackled for a 5-yard loss in the end zone for a safety by JK Scott, 2-0 UA 7:49 1st
Adam Griffith with a 36-yard field goal, 5-0 UA 2:06 1st
State’s next drive nets three yards and Bell shanks a punt. Bama takes over at the MSU 47.
END 1ST QUARTER: ALABAMA 5, MISSISSIPPI STATE 0
Prescott picked off by Nick Perry at the UA 22-yard line.
Blake Sims with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Amar Cooper. Griffith PAT, 12-0 UA 7:45 2nd
Ben Beckwith flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Sims hits Cooper on a 50-yard pass down to the 1-yard line. Derrick Henry fumbles on the next play and it’s recovered by the Bulldogs. The play is reviewed and called a touchdown for the Tide. Griffith PAT, 19-0 UA 5:32 2nd
Evan Sobiesk with a 23-yard field goal, 19-3 UA 0:03 2nd
HALFTIME: ALABAMA 19, MISSISSIPPI STATE 3
Key halftime stats:
1st downs: MSU 9, UA 9
Rushing: MSU 54, UA 63
Passing: MSU 92, UA 145
Total offense: MSU 146, UA 208
Turnovers: MSU 1, UA 0
Penalties: MSU 3-28, UA 4-25
Possession time: MSU 15:33, UA 14:27
Rushing: MSU – Dak Prescott 12-24, UA – T.J. Yeldon 8-40
Passing: MSU – Dak Prescott 9-19-92-0-1, UA – Blake Sims 12-16-145-1-0
Receiving: MSU – De’Runnya Wilson 4-52, UA – Amari Cooper 6-67-TD
Tackles: MSU – Beniquez Brown 4, Matthew Wells 4; UA – Nick Perry 5, Dalvin Tomlinson 5
State’s average field position was the 15-yard line in the first half.
Sobiesk with a 32-yard field goal on the opening drive of the second half. 19-6, UA 12:06 3rd
Alabama goes 3-and-out on its opening drive of the third quarter.
Preston Smith with a sack.
Griffith misses a 37-yard field goal wide right.
Damian Williams enters the game for one play after Prescott’s helmet came off.
Prescott picked off in the end zone by Cyrus Jones.
END 3RD QUARTER: ALABAMA 19, MISSISSIPPI STATE 6
Prescott with a 4-yard touchdown to Ross. Sobiesk PAT, 19-13 UA 14:16 4th
Yeldon with a 7-yard touchdown run. 2-point pass failed, 25-13 UA 8:09 4th
Prescott’s pass is tipped and picked off by Landon Collins.
I’m headed down to the field. I’ll update following the postgame press conference.
Prescott with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Lewis. Sobiesk PAT, 25-20 UA 0:15 4th
FINAL: ALABAMA 25, MISSISSIPPI STATE 20