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.
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.
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.
“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.