Good morning from a chilly homecoming at Mississippi State. I’ve always disliked morning kickoffs but after pushing deadline for most of the season with my stories I’m thankful to have time to write some stories that have a little more depth. Both teams have arrived and are walking the field. Game 3 of the Bulldog World Series is at 3 p.m. following the football game but I won’t be able to cover it today due to my responsibilities here.
Remember that today’s game is televised on SEC Network and I will be here for the duration so stay tuned for updates.
Wide receivers Joe Morrow and Gabe Myles are not dressed out again this week. Myles is still wearing a walking boot on his left foot.
LA Tech is wearing all white everything.
Freshman safety Jamal Peters is out for today’s game with an injury.
Tight end Gus Walley is going through pregame warm-ups. He has missed the last two games with a hand injury.
Offensive tackle Rufus Warren announced as a starter. He was held out last week with an ankle injury.
Darrion Hutcherson announced as the starter at tight end.
Brandon Holloway announced as the starting tailback.
Former MSU quarterback Don Edwards is today’s honorary captain.
LA Tech running back Kenneth Dixon is not starting today’s game.
Running back Ashton Shumpert is not dressed out today for MSU.
LA Tech won the toss and deferred until the second half. MSU will receive to start the game.
Walley and Warren are back in the starting lineup.
First play from scrimmage is a 7-yard pass from Dak Prescott to Fred Ross.
Opening drive nets one first down but then has to punt.
LA Tech opens in a five wide set and Jeff Driskel completes a 17-yard pass to Jarred Craft.
Driskel with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Paul Turner. Johnathan Barnes PAT, 7-0 LA Tech 10:52 1st
Malik Dear answers with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown but it’s called back for holding.
Fred Ross is being taken to the locker room.
Driskel with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Trent Taylor. Barnes PAT, 14-0 LA Tech 4:27 1st
Aeris Williams with a 2-yard touchdown run. Westin Graves PAT, 14-7 LA Tech 2:30 1st
END 1ST QUARTER: LOUISIANA TECH 14, MISSISSIPPI STATE 7
Ross is back out and fully dressed. Hasn’t returned to the game yet.
Walley is popped by Xavier Woods (not the wrestler) and the ball is jarred loose. Walley is hurt but jogs off the field under his own power.
Walley returns to the game.
Walley is popped again and drops a touchdown pass.
Graves 26-yard field goal, 14-10 LA Tech 11:33 2nd
Ryan Brown and Chris Jones combine on a sack
Barnes 33-yard field goal, 17-10 LA Tech 7:23 2nd
Prescott with a 5-yard touchdown to De’Runnya Wilson, 17-17 2:53 2nd
Donald Gray blocks a punt and Brandon Bryant falls on it at the 2-yard line.
Prescott with a 2-yard touchdown run. Graves PAT, 24-17 MSU 0:57 2nd
HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 24, LOUISIANA TECH 17
Key halftime stats:
1st downs: LT 13, MSU 17
Rushing yards: LT 35, MSU 55
Passing yards: LT 212, MSU 203
Total yards: LT 247, MSU 258
Turnovers: LT 0, MSU 0
Penalties: LT 3-30, MSU 1-10
Possession time: LT 15:09, MSU 14:51
Rushing: LT – Jarred Craft 9-32, MSU – Dak Prescott 6-39-TD
Passing: LT – Jeff Driskel 16-23-212-2-0; MSU – Dak Prescott 19-27-203-1-0
Receiving: LT – Trent Taylor 7-94-TD; MSU – Malik Dear 4-59
Tackles: LT – Adairius Barnes 6, Xavier Woods 6; MSU – Brandon Bryant 5
Chris Jones and Richie Brown combine on a sack.
Walley will miss the rest of the game.
MSU with a 98 yard drive to start the second half. Prescott with a 20-yard touchdown to Wilson. Graves PAT, 31-17 8:54 3rd. Wilson is now tied with Justin Jenkins and Eric Moulds for second on the school’s all-time receiving touchdowns list with 17.
Barnes missed a 46-yard field goal but Will Redmond roughed the kicker to keep the drive alive.
Barnes 27-yard field goal, 31-20 MSU 4:44 3rd
Prescott with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Fred Brown, 38-20 MSU 1:30 3rd
END 3RD QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 38, LOUISIANA TECH 20
Brandon Bryant with a 73-yard interception return for a touchdown. He went up and got that ball. Graves PAT, 45-20 MSU 7:10 4th
Headed down to the field. Will update following postgame interviews.
FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 45, LOUISIANA TECH 20