I’ve got all my basketball stories written now and am now getting ready for tonight’s football game. My man Kedrick Storey should be joining me in the press box shortly. Vanderbilt is already on the field getting loose as the Ole Miss-Arkansas is playing on the MooTubes. The Bulldogs have just arrived and are walking the field right now as well. Remember that tonight’s game is being televised on the SEC Network. With all the bad weather expected to roll into the area later, hopefully this game ends in a timely manner so folks can get home safely and also so I can meet deadline.
I’ll be updating throughout the evening so stay tuned.
Vanderbilt will wear black helmets, white jerseys and gold pants.
MSU will honor 18 seniors before the game – OG Ben Beckwith, OT Blaine Clausell, C Dillon Day, DT Kaleb Eulls, RB Nick Griffin, DL John Harris, TE Brandon Hill, LB Christian Holmes, S Jay Hughes, TE Malcolm Johnson, WR Robert Johnson, DT P.J. Jones, WR Jameon Lewis, CB Jamerson Love, OL Archie Muniz, DE Preston Smith, DL Curtis Virges and LB Matt Wells.
Eulls, Jones, Virges, Smith, Wells, Holmes, Hughes, Love are expected to start on defense while Clausell, Beckwith, Day, Muniz, M. Johnson, R. Johnson, Lewis and Griffin will get the nod on offense.
Kendrick Market will start at safety in place of Justin Cox, who was arrested early Friday morning and suspended indefinitely.
Today’s honorary captain is Fred Smoot. But Smoot’s flight was cancelled and couldn’t make it. Surely there’s another former player on campus today they could’ve found to replace him.
Vanderbilt didn’t even bother to bring their band along tonight.
Bulldogs will wear their glossy maroon helmets with white facemasks, 90’s throwback jerseys and white pants.
Vandy wins the toss and will receive.
Vandy’s first play is a rush for 5 yards.
‘Dores opening drive nets two first downs but stalls in their own territory.
Bulldogs opening play is a 19-yard pass from Dak Prescott to Malcolm Johnson.
I don’t get why Derek Mason declined that block in the back penalty.
The 1994 Peach Bowl team is being honored on the field along with former head coach Jackie Sherrill.
Prescott with a 10-yard shovel pass touchdown to Malcolm Johnson on the opening drive. Evan Sobiesk misses the extra point, 6-0 MSU 8:01 1st.
Matt Wells with a sack.
Brandon Woodruff, Jonathan Holder, Brett Pirtle, Jacob Lindgren and Ben Bracewell were all honored during that last timeout for being drafted. Seth Heck was also recognized for being named an SEC Scholar Athlete.
Josh Robinson has an 18-yard touchdown called back on a penalty by Malcolm Johnson. Next play is a 27-yard touchdown pass from Prescott to Joe Morrow. Sobiesk PAT, 13-0 MSU 5:05 1st
Rayven Tirado used to work for me when I ran BulldogBlitz.com. Now she’s on ESPNU’s Road Trip. Happy for her.
Prescott completes his first eight passes before an incompletion.
Eulls with a sack
END 1ST QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 13, VANDERBILT 0
Holmes strips Latevius Rayford of the ball and returns it 51-yards for a touchdown. Sobiesk PAT, 20-0 MSU 14:01 2nd.
Vandy goes for it on 4th-and-1 from the MSU 39-yard line and Richie Brown stuffs the run. Bulldogs take over on downs.
Prescott picked off by Darrius Sims but that play is reviewed and the call overturned.
Prescott with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Robinson. Sobiesk PAT, 27-0 MSU 8:27 2nd
Patton Robinette in at quarterback for Vandy.
Robinette picked off by Tolando Cleveland at the VU 44-yard line. Robinette was shaken up on the play.
Prescott with a 4-yard touchdown run. Sobiesk PAT, 34-0 MSU 2:31 2nd
Johnny McCrary back in at quarterback for Vandy.
Beniquez Brown picks off McCrary.
Sobiesk with a 34-yard field goal, 37-0 MSU 0:00 2nd
HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 37, VANDERBILT 0
Key halftime stats:
First downs: VU 7, MSU 17
Rushing yards: VU 16, MSU 129
Passing yards: VU 93, MSU 151
Total yards: VU 109, MSU 280
Turnovers: VU 3, MSU 0
Penalties: VU 1-15, MSU 6-50
Possession time: VU 16:12, MSU 12:15
Rushing: VU – Ralph Webb 6-11, MSU – Josh Robinson 7-63
Passing: VU – Johnny McCrary 7-14-75-0-1, MSU – Dak Prescott 13-16-151-3-0
Receiving: VU – Latevius Rayford 3-34, MSU – Fred Brown 2-31
Tackles: VU – Zach Cunningham 7, MSU – Preston Smith 6
Jeff Flagg and Connor Powers are both being recognized for their jobs in the long drive golf competition. Flagg won $250k and brought his title belt with him.
Dan Mullen gets a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following a pass interference flag.
Ashton Shumpert with a 3-yard touchdown run. Sobiesk PAT, 44-0 4:23 3rd
Two Bulldogs shaken up on a punt – Cleveland and Holmes.
Tommy Openshaw misses a 41-yard field goal.
Damian Williams in at quarterback for MSU.
END 3RD QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 44, VANDERBILT 0
Williams with a 9-yard touchdown to Morrow. Sobiesk PAT, 51-0 MSU 14:55 4th
JT Gray with a forced fumble but Vandy recovers.
Steven Rivers in at quarterback for Vandy.
Brandon Wells with a PBU in the end zone on 4th down to turn the ‘Dores over on downs.
FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 51, VANDERBILT 0