It’s a busy Saturday around Mississippi State’s campus as the 20th-ranked Bulldogs prepare to host No. 3 Alabama at 2:30 p.m. on CBS. The grounds crew have painted the initials of Keith Joseph Jr. at both the 25-yard lines on the field. All players will wear the same emblem on their helmets. Additionally, freshman safety Jamal Peters will wear Joseph’s No. 99 in today’s game. It should be a good one so stay tuned for updates. I’ll be here for the duration.
Both teams’ specialists are out on the field starting to get loose.
Just wrapped up a pregame radio interview on WWL in New Orleans. It’s drawing closer and closer to kickoff. Alabama’s dressed out already wearing its traditional crimson helmets with grey facemasks and white uniforms.
Rufus Warren was announced as a starter at left tackle. Brandon Holloway was announced as the starter at running back.
MSU held a moment of silence prior to the national anthem for Keith Joseph Sr. and Jr.
The Bulldogs are wearing maroon helmets with white facemasks, maroon uniforms and grey pants.
Alabama wins the toss defers to the second half. State will receive to start the game.
Dak Prescott is sacked on MSU’s first play.
MSU’s opening drive nets one first down but Bama’s defensive line doing work early with two sacks and lots of pressure.
Alabama’s first play is an 8-yard completion from Jake Coker to Kenyan Drake. Tide go 3-and-out.
Prescott sacked for a third time and fumbles. Justin Senior falls on it.
Bulldogs drive down to the 1 but Prescott is stopped for no gain at the goal line on 4th down.
Coker intercepted by Brandon Bryant. Bulldogs get the ball on their own 28.
Big tackle for loss on 3rd down by Will Coleman.
Ashton Shumpert fumbles his first carry. Alabama recovers at midfield. Da’Ron Payne forced it, Ryan Anderson recovered it.
END 1ST QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 0, ALABAMA 0
Westin Graves’ 50-yard field goal attempt was well short.
Cyrus Jones with a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown. Adam Griffith PAT, 7-0 UA 10:44 2nd
Bryant down after missing a tackle. He is able to get off the field under his own power.
Coker with a 60-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley. Griffith PAT, 14-0 UA 8:36 2nd
Drake down after making a tackle on kickoff coverage. He’s being taken to the locker room.
31-yard field goal by Graves, 14-3 UA 6:10 2nd.
Bryant back out on the field.
Derrick Henry with a 74-yard touchdown run right up the gut. Griffith PAT, 21-3 UA 5:10 2nd
Prescott sacked six times in this first half.
Chris Jones with a sack but it’s negated by a holding penalty.
HALFTIME: ALABAMA 21, MISSISSIPPI STATE 3
Key halftime stats:
1st downs: UA 5, MSU 13
Rushing yards: UA 94, MSU 58
Passing yards: UA 86, MSU 196
Total yards: UA 180, MSU 254
Turnovers: UA 1, MSU 1
Penalties: UA 4-40, MSU 2-20
Possession: UA 8:44, MSU 21:16
Rushing: UA – Derrick Henry 7-91-TD, MSU – Brandon Holloway 4-25
Passing: UA – Jake Coker 7-15-86-1-1, MSU – Dak Prescott 14-29-196-0-0
Receiving: UA – Calvin Ridley 2-65-TD, MSU – Fred Ross 5-79
Tackles: UA – Reuben Foster 7, Reggie Ragland 7, MSU – Beniquez Brown 4, Kivon Coman 4
Griffith 42-yard field goal, 24-3 UA 10:43 3rd.
Prescott sacked again and fumbled and it’s returned for an apparent Alabama touchdown. But Prescott’s knee was ruled down. Donald Gray hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after that play.
Alabama now up to nine sacks.
Graves 39-yard field goal, 24-6 UA 1:24 3rd
END 3RD QUARTER: ALABAMA 24, MISSISSIPPI STATE 6
Tolando Cleveland blocks an Alabama field goal try.
Attendance: 62,435 – 2nd largest in Davis Wade Stadium history.
Henry with a 65-yard touchdown run. Griffith PAT, 31-6 UA 7:53 4th. That’s the first fourth quarter touchdown MSU has allowed all year.
Prescott picked off by Marlon Humphrey. Just his second interception this season.
Headed down to the field. Will update afterwards.
De’Runnya Wilson had to be carted off after making the tackle on that interception. Dan Mullen said after the game he didn’t think it was a significant injury.
FINAL: ALABAMA 31, MISSISSIPPI STATE 6