I have arrived in the press box for tonight’s game against Auburn. There is a new addition to the stadium since my last trip to the plains with the new video board. It’s a little wider than the ones at Davis Wade Stadium. Tonight’s game is slated for a 6:36 kickoff on ESPN2. I’ll be updating throughout the night so stay tuned for news.
MSU and Auburn arrived at the stadium at the same time and walked the field at the same time in opposite directions.
Auburn is wearing its traditional white helmets with navy facemasks, navy jerseys and white pants.
Here are a few pregame roster changes:
For Auburn – Raashad Kennion will start at defensive end, Justin Garrett and Tre’ Williams will start at linebacker, Jonathan Jones and Carlton Davis will start at corner, Tray Matthews and Blake Countess will start at safety and Jeremiah Dinson will start at nickel.
For MSU – Zak Neary will wear No. 30 and Brandon Davis will wear No. 44.
According to the video board starting lineups, Kendrick Market will start at cornerback. I doubt that’s the case. I did see him working at safety during pregame warm ups though.
Loud ovation when Sean White was announced as the starting quarterback for Auburn.
Was just informed by MSU’s SID that Market will indeed play tonight.
The Mississippi state flag was displayed during Auburn’s pregame festivities.
Market is dressed out.
MSU won the toss and deferred until the second half. Auburn will receive to start the game
Market starts at safety.
Peyton Barber carries for a gain on 1-yard on the first play from scrimmage.
White completes his first pass for a first down on third down.
Richie Brown with a sack.
Will Redmond, who mistimed an interception earlier on the drive, picks off White at the goal line.
Dak Prescott completed a 12-yard pass to Fred Brown on the first play for MSU.
Prescott threw a 33-yard touchdown to Gabe Myles. Westin Graves PAT, 7-0 MSU 5:18 1st
END 1ST QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 7, AUBURN 0
Tolando Cleveland slow to get up after a third down stop.
Prescott with a 17-yard touchdown pass to De’Runnya Wilson. Graves PAT, 14-0 MSU 8:02 2ND
Daniel Carlson’s 26-yard field goal is no good.
HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 14, AUBURN 0
Key halftime stats:
1ST DOWNS: MSU 11, AU 12
Rushing yards: MSU 20, AU 88
Passing yards: MSU 180, AU 92
Total offense: MSU 200, AU 180
Turnovers: MSU 0; AU 1
Penalties: MSU 3-25, AU 3-25
Possession: MSU 10:06, AU 19:54
Rushing: MSU – Brandon Holloway 2-17; AU – Peyton Barber 14-58
Passing: MSU – Dak Prescott 16-20-180-2-0; AU – Sean White 9-10-92-0-1
Receiving: MSU – Fred Ross 4-48; AU – Kerryon Johnson 3-32
Tackles: MSU – Beniquez Brown 6; AU – Blake Countess 5
Auburn LB Tre’ Williams is down.
Bulldogs go for it on 4th-and-3 from the AU 40-yard line and convert the first down with a pass to Gus Walley. But Walley fumbles and Jonathan Jones recovers for the Tigers. Carlton Davis forced the fumble.
Carlson with a 30-yard field goal, 14-3 MSU 9:41 3RD
Carlson with a 25-yard field goal, 14-6 MSU 3:06 3rd
Graves with a 44-yard field goal, 17-6 MSU 1:11 3rd
END 3RD QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 17, AUBURN 6
Redmond with a sack
Headed down to the field. Will update after I file everything.
Carlson with a 51-yard field goal, 17-9 MSU 1:07 4th
The onside kick bounced out of bounds.
FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 17, AUBURN 9