I have arrived in the press box at new Kyle Field for tonight’s game against No. 14 Texas A&M. The $485 million facelift they’ve given this stadium since the last time I was here has made it the nicest venue I have been in. My view from the press box is from very high up.
The Bulldogs have already arrived and walked the field and Nick James had on his bucket hat. Remember that tonight’s game will be televised on the SEC Network. I’ll be here for the duration tonight before I hit the skies via College Station, Dallas, Charlotte and Jackson before driving back to Starkville tomorrow.
Elijah Staley and Nick Fitzgerald are having a slam dunk contest with the goal post during pregame.
All the horses and covered wagons have made their lap around the field.
The Aggies will wear maroon helmets with grey facemasks, maroon jerseys, white pants with a maroon stripe down the side.
The Aggies have some strange, strange pregame traditions. Very passionate and polite fan base though.
MSU is wearing maroon helmets with white facemasks, white jerseys and maroon pants.
Bulldogs won the toss and deferred to the second half. A&M will receive.
Aggies called for holding on the opening kickoff.
Kyle Allen with a 9-yard completion on the first play from scrimmage.
Texas A&M goes 91 yards on a dozen plays on the opening drive. Allen rolled right avoiding a sack and tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Seals-Jones on 4th-and-goal. Taylor Bertolet PAT, 7-0 9:59 1ST
Dak Prescott completes a 6-yard pass to Fred Ross on the first play from scrimmage.
Ashton Shumpert’s first carry for seven yards already put him over last week’s total.
Westin Graves 38-yard field goal on MSU’s opening drive, 7-3 A&M 5:29
Allen with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Damion Ratley. Bertolet PAT, 14-3 A&M 3:23 1st
Joe Morrow shaken up, taken straight to the locker room.
State goes for it on 4th-and-3 from the A&M 35. Shumpert dropped a wide open pass from Prescott. Looked like the same play State ran on the 2-point conversion against LSU.
END 1ST QUARTER: TEXAS A&M 14, MISSISSIPPI STATE 3
Kendrick Market down on a non-contact injury. Appears to be his knee, had to be helped off.
Bertolet with a 55-yard field goal, 17-3 A&M 13:11 2nd
Elgton Jenkins now in at left tackle.
Seals-Jones flagged for targeting and has been ejected.
Warren back in at tackle, Deion Calhoun at right guard.
Prescott sacked for a second time.
Bertolet misses a 49-yard field goal, wide right.
Tra Carson with a 1-yard touchdown run. Bertolet PAT, 24-10 A&M 0:20 2nd
HALFTIME: TEXAS A&M 24, MISSISSIPPI STATE 10
Market will miss the rest of the game with a left leg injury.
Key halftime stats:
1st downs: MSU 9, AM 14
Rushing yards: MSU 117, AM 104
Passing yards: MSU 61, AM 226
Total offense: MSU 178, AM 330
Turnovers: MSU 0, AM 0
Penalties: MSU 0, AM 5-53
Possession time: MSU 11:41, AM 18:19
Rushing: MSU – Malik Dear 1-52-TD; AM – Tra Carson 9-52-TD
Passing: MSU – Dak Prescott 7-13-61-0-0; AM – Kyle Allen 19-25-226-2-0
Receiving: MSU – Fred Ross 4-36; AM – Christian Kirk 6-67
Tackles: MSU – Beniquez Brown 9; AM – Myles Garrett 5
De’Runnya Wilson fumbles after a first down catch on the opening drive of the second half. Donovan Wilson forced and recovered it for the Aggies.
Bertolet 24-yard field goal, 27-10 10:34 3rd
Gabe Myles shaken up.
Aeris Williams fumbles inside the 5-yard line. Myles Garrett forced the fumble, Qualen Cunningham recovers at the 3-yard line for the Aggies.
Bulldogs’ defense with a stop on fourth down.
Johnathan Calvin with a sack.
END 3RD QUARTER: TEXAS A&M 27, MISSISSIPPI STATE 10
Prescott with a 5-yard touchdown run. Warren hurt on the play. Graves PAT, 27-17 A&M 12:24 4th
Will Redmond is down
Bertolet with a 30-yard field goal, 30-17 A&M 5:23 4th
FINAL: NO. 14 TEXAS A&M 30, NO. 21 MISSISSIPPI STATE 17