It’s an overcast but still seasonably warm afternoon/evening here in Starkville as Mississippi State closes out a three-game homestand with Kentucky and prepares for an open date next week. This is slated to be the Bulldogs “black out” game and at least early on there appears to be a lot of participation. MSU is supposed to wear black jerseys but I’m not sure yet what the rest of the ensemble will be. The Bulldogs haven’t worn black since 2011 but these jerseys don’t look as good as the old ones in my opinion.
In case you haven’t heard, Dan Mullen confirmed that senior cornerback Will Redmond has indeed torn his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. We will see how that affects the secondary tonight. Remember that tonight’s game will be televised on the SEC Network. I’ll be here for the duration so stay tuned for updates.
Wide receiver Gabe Myles and tight end Gus Walley will not play tonight due to injury. Darrion Hutcherson will start at tight end for Walley while Tolando Cleveland will start at cornerback for Redmond. Redmond tore his right ACL in practice on Tuesday.
MSU has arrived and are going through the Dawg Walk.
Kentucky is also here. The Wildcats are wearing blue helmets with silver facemasks, white jerseys and blue pants.
Redmond is in his jersey on the sideline. He is walking with a limp but no crutches.
Brandon Holloway was announced as the starter at running back.
MSU will wear maroon matte helmets with white facemasks, black jerseys and pants.
MSU wins the toss and deferred until the second half.
Jamal Peters, Ashton Shumpert, Fred Ross and Joe Morrow are dressed out.
First play of the game is a run by Boom Williams for a loss of 1-yard.
MSU’s first play of the game is an incomplete pass by Fred Ross.
Bulldogs go 3-and-out on their opening drive.
Patrick Towles awarded a 1-yard touchdown after review. Austin MacGinnis PAT, 7-0 UK 8:19 1st.
Morrow into the game.
Prescott with a 1-yard touchdown run of his own. Westin Graves PAT, 7-7 2:49 1st.
MacGinnis with a 44-yard field goal, 10-7 UK 0:56 1st
END 1ST QUARTER: KENTUCKY 10, MISSISSIPPI STATE 7
Prescott with a 13-yard touchdown pass to De’Runnya Wilson. Graves PAT, 14-10 MSU 13:38 2nd
Zach Jackson with a sack.
MSU went for it on 4th-and-1 from the UK 19-yard line and didn’t get it on an Aeris Williams run up the middle.
Prescott intercepted by Chris Westry. That snaps a streak of 288 attempts without one.
Taveze Calhoun is down and has to be helped off the field. A thin cornerback position may have just gotten thinner.
Calhoun is running sprints on the sideline so he may be able to get back on the field.
Calhoun back in the ballgame.
MacGinnis missed a 48-yard field goal wide left.
Prescott with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Holloway. That’s his first career TD reception. Graves PAT, 21-10 MSU 1:34 2nd.
Calhoun picks off Towles.
Prescott with a 60-yard completion to Holloway out of the backfield and will have a chance to score again before the half.
Prescott with a 20-yard touchdown run. Graves PAT, 28-10 MSU 0:34 2nd
Bad squib kick results in a 48-yard field goal for MacGinnis, 28-13 MSU 0:03 2nd
HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 28, KENTUCKY 13
MSU’s 2015 Hall of Fame class being honored during halftime. Great class this year Ray Costict, Eric Moulds, Erick Dampier, LaToya Thomas, Straton Karatossos
Key halftime stats:
1ST Downs: UK 15, MSU 17
Rushing yards: UK 76, MSU 93
Passing yards: UK 152, MSU 243
Total yards: UK 228, MSU 336
Turnovers: UK 1, MSU 1
Penalties: UK 1-5, MSU 1-10
Possession: UK 16:56, MSU 13:00
Rushing: UK – Stanley Williams 11-72; MSU – Dak Prescott 8-44, 2 TD
Passing: UK – Patrick Towles 15-29-152-0-1; MSU – Dak Prescott 16-20-243-2-1
Receiving: UK – Garrett Johnson 5-74; MSU – Brandon Holloway 5-98-TD
Tackles: UK – Josh Forrest 5, Cory Johnson 5; MSU – Kivon Coman 8
Calhoun with another interception of Towles. This one was even more spectacular than the first.
Reverse pass with Ross, he completes a 34-yard pass to Wilson.
Graves misses a 26-yard field goal. That’s his first miss this season.
MacGinnis 32-yard field goal, 28-16 MSU 2:55 3rd
Prescott now has back-to-back 300-yard passing games for the first time in his career.
Prescott with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Hutcherson. That’s Hutch’s first career TD. Graves PAT, 35-16 MSU 0:59 3rd
Beniquez Brown with a pick six but a roughing the pass penalty brings it back.
END 3RD QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 35, KENTUCKY 16
Prescott now own the record for the most rushing yardage in school history.
Prescott with an 18-yard touchdown run, his sixth tonight. Graves PAT, 42-16 MSU 9:14 4th
Cory Thomas picks off Drew Barker.
FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 42, KENTUCKY 16