Bulldogs hit road while Rebels can rest

Football stockBy Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

Mississippi State and Ole Miss both enjoyed wins last week.

The Bulldogs survived a 28-22 outing against Kentucky on Thursday for their first SEC win to get to 4-3 overall. Ole Miss breezed by Idaho 59-14 for homecoming on Saturday.

This week will be quite different for the two Magnolia State schools.

MSU will hit the road for the next two weekends, with a trip to South Carolina followed by a visit to Texas A&M. Ole Miss will enjoy a weekend off.

The Rebels are a win shy of bowl eligibility at 5-3 and continue their six-game homestand against Arkansas on Nov. 9.

South Carolina holds an 8-6 edge in the series over the Bulldogs, having won the last six meetings dating back to 2000.

Dan Mullen has faced South Carolina just once during his tenure in Starkville, dropping a 14-12 decision in 2011 as Alshon Jeffery caught a 4-yard touchdown from Connor Shaw with 3:50 remaining for the eventual game-winner.

The Bulldogs have not traveled to Williams-Brice Stadium since the 2007 season, when they suffered a 38-21 loss.

Big comeback

South Carolina improved to 4-2 in SEC play and 6-2 overall with a 27-24 overtime win on the road, handing Missouri its first loss. The Gamecocks rallied from down 17-0 in the final quarter to tie things up in regulation behind Shaw, now a senior.

Shaw completed 20 of 29 passing for 201 yards and three touchdowns after entering the game late in the third quarter.

“South Carolina showed what type of team they are, overcoming adversity and showing why they are a top 25 team,” Mullen said. “It was a much different team when Connor Shaw came in. He’s a great player and a great quarterback. A winner makes it happen for them.”

“On top of that,”Mullen added, “they have the best individual defensive player in the country,” defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

logan.lowery@journalinc.com