South Alabama spoils MSU’s opener

South Alabama tight end Gerald Everett (12) comes down with a touchdown pass against Mississippi State defensive back Kivon Coman (11) in the second half. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

South Alabama tight end Gerald Everett (12) comes down with a touchdown pass against Mississippi State defensive back Kivon Coman (11) in the second half. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

STARKVILLE – South Alabama rallied with two fourth quarter touchdowns and outscored Mississippi State 21-3 in the second half to pull off a 21-20 upset on Saturday.

The final Jaguar points came on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Dallas Davis to Gerald Everett with 56-seconds remaining.

MSU managed to drive down to the 11-yard line in response but Westin Graves‘ 28-yard field goal attempt from the left hashmark clanked off the outside of the left upright with six ticks left.

The win was the first in five tries against a Southeastern Conference opponent for a Jaguars’ program that was established in 2009.

EXTRA POINTS

TURNING POINT

After Chris Rayford downed a Logan Cooke punt inside the 1-yard line, South Alabama’s offense marched 99 yards in nine plays to pull within 21-14 on a Tyreis Thomas 4-yard touchdown run with 12:51 remaining in the game.

POINT MAN

Making his first career start, USA quarterback Dallas Davis threw two touchdowns in the second half. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound sophomore finished the day 24 of 34 passing for 285 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

TALKING POINT

“We had some opportunities to win the game and didn’t take advantage of them. They made plays when they needed to make plays to win the game.” – MSU coach Dan Mullen.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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