Mississippi State makes its first Orange Bowl appearance since 1941 tonight taking on Georgia Tech. The weather couldn’t have been much better than it has been this week in Miami and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It will be another late night and I’ll be traveling back to Starkville most of the day tomorrow but it’s been a good trip to South Florida. I’ll be sad to leave all of this nice weather behind.
Little Big Town will be performing at halftime so maybe they’ll play “Boondocks” unlike Diamond Rio, who sadly didn’t play “Meet in the Middle” at last year’s Liberty Bowl.
As for the game, remember that it’s televised on ESPN. The Bulldogs have arrived at the stadium and are currently walking the field. I will be updating throughout the night so stay tuned.
Maroon clad crowd erupts as “Don’t Stop Believing” plays during pregame.
Georgia Tech has arrived wearing gold helmets, navy jerseys and gold pants.
Yellow Jacket fans brought thundersticks. The sound doesn’t carry quite as well the clanging cowbells.
Looks like this game will kickoff at 7:20 CT. That’s 10 minutes later than we were told yesterday.
The Ramblin’ Wreck made the trip to Miami as well. That’s a cool tradition in college football.
Georgia Tech won the toss and deferred to the second half. MSU will receive.
Apparently Brent Musberger of ESPN, Dak Prescott will return for his senior season. If that is indeed true it’s huge news for the Bulldogs.
MSU is clad in its maroon matte helmets, 90’s throwback white jerseys and white pants.
Josh Robinson starts at tailback.
Robinson gets the carry on the first play from scrimmage for two yards.
On the third play, Prescott is picked off by Chris Milton at the 36-yard line.
Four plays later, Synjyn Days scored on a 3-yard run. Harrison Butker PAT, 7-0 GT 12:38 1st
Prescott becomes the first player in MSU history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season.
Bulldogs turnover on downs at the GT 32-yard line.
Prescott sacked for the first time.
A.J. Jefferson with a sack.
Justin Thomas with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Darren Waller. Butker PAT, 14-0 GT
Josh Robinson fumbles the next play from scrimmage but its ruled his forward progress was stopped. Huge break for the Bulldogs.
END 1ST QUARTER: GEORGIA TECH 14, MISSISSIPPI STATE 0
32-yard field by Evan Sobiesk, 14-3 GT 12:57 2nd
Prescott goes untouched on a 5-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw. Sobiesk PAT, 14-10 GT 9:53 2nd
Prescott is now the first player in MSU history to have 4,000 total yards in a season. He also passed Don Smith as the school’s all-time offensive leader with 7,153 yards.
Beniquez Brown intercepts Thomas at the 25-yard line.
Sobiesk 30-yard field goal, 14-13 GT 5:12 2nd
Thomas with a 13-yard touchdown run. Butker PAT, 21-13 GT 0:29 2nd
Prescott with a 42-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to Fred Ross. Sobiesk PAT, 21-20 0:00 2nd
HALFTIME: GEORGIA TECH 21, MISSISSIPPI STATE 20
1st downs: MSU 15, GT 13
Rushing yards: MSU 71, GT 134
Passing yards: MSU 215, GT 125
Total yards: MSU 286, GT 259
Turnovers: MSU 1, GT 1
Penalties: MSU 2-15, GT 2-30
Possession: MSU 12:46, GT 17:14
Rushing: MSU – Josh Robinson 8-46, GT- Justin Thomas 8-47, TD
Passing: MSU – Dak Prescott 17-27-215-1-1, GT – Justin Thomas 7-10-125-1-1
Receiving: MSU – Fred Ross 4-64-TD, GT – Darren Waller 5-114-TD
Tackles: MSU – Deontay Evans 6, GT – P.J. Davis 8
On the second play from scrimmage, Days broke four MSU en route to a 69-yard touchdown run. Terrible tackling reared its ugly head once again for the Bulldogs. Butker PAT, 28-20 14:05 3rd
32-yard touchdown run by Thomas. Butker PAT, 35-20 GT 7:58 3rd
Prescott has now completed 232 passes, most in school history passing Tyler Russell
MSU runs the option and Robinson fumbles. Recovered by Rod Rook-Chungong at midfield.
Thomas scored on a 15-yard touchdown. Butker PAT, 42-20 GT 4:17 3rd
END 3RD QUARTER: GEORGIA TECH 42, MISSISSIPPI STATE 20
Prescott with a 7-yard touchdown pass to De’Runnya Wilson. Sobiesk PAT, 42-27 GT 14:53 4th
Days 4-yard touchdown run. Butker PAT, 49-27 GT 11:54 4th
Prescott with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Wilson, 49-34 2:20 4th
FINAL: GEORGIA TECH 49, MISSISSIPPI STATE 34