Bulldogs score 45 in first half to roll visiting Trojans

Lauren Wood | Daily Journal Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott finds a pocket in Troy's defense as he runs the ball into the end zone for his third touchdown in the first half of Saturday night's game in Starkville.

Lauren Wood | Daily Journal
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott finds a pocket in Troy’s defense as he runs the ball into the end zone for his third touchdown in the first half of Saturday night’s game in Starkville.

By Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Any thoughts of a hangover following Mississippi State’s loss to Auburn last week were quickly erased Saturday night.

The Bulldogs lit up the scoreboard with 45 first half points against Troy en route to a 62-7 victory evening its record to 2-2 on the year.

“When you can get off to a fast start you can feel it on the sidelines,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen. “You can feel that excitement with a young team.”

MSU rolled up 551 yards including 316 through the air. Quarterback Dak Prescott had 322 yards of offense and four touchdowns. Prescott completed 13 of 21 passing for 233 yards and one touchdown while rushing five times for 53 yards and two more scores.

Prescott also had a 36-yard receiving touchdown.

Jameon Lewis threw, rushed and caught a touchdown pass for State. Derrick Milton led the team with seven carries for 56 yards and a score.

Mississippi State started the scoring with a bang on the opening drive despite Troy receiving the ball first. Aberdeen’s Jamerson Love picked off Corey Robinson and returned it 70-yards for a score two minutes into the game.

The Bulldogs defense forced another turnover before its offense even stepped on the field. Facing 3rd-and-goal from the MSU 7-yard line, linebacker Matthew Wells sacked and stripped Troy’s Deon Anthony of the ball and was recovered by Benardrick McKinney.

However, MSU’s offense was only able to cash the turnover into a field goal after a 15-play drive. Devon Bell split the uprights from 25-yards out to give the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead.

Troy answered back with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Robinson to Eric Thomas with six seconds left in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs delved deep into the playbook for a double pass. Prescott tossed out to Lewis who in turn heaved a pass back to his quarterback. Prescott then followed a convoy of blockers down the sideline for a 36-yard score pulling ahead 17-7.

Troy tried a fake punt deep in MSU territory but only made it out to the 22-yard line. Prescott took advantage of the excellent field position and scored on the next play.

Prescott struck again on the next drive scoring from 11-yards out pushing the lead out to 31-7. Josh Robinson got into the scoring column for the Bulldog on the next drive with a 19-yard run.

Prescott would return the favor to Lewis on a 50-yard touchdown toss giving MSU a 45-7 lead at the half.

Lewis scored his third touchdown of the game on the ground on an 8-yard run on the opening drive of the second half.

After Devon Bell missed a 30-yard field goal late in the third quarter, Evan Sobiesk came on to kick a 24-yarder early in the fourth pushing the Bulldogs lead to 55-7.

Milton capped the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run.

Troy (2-2) was limited to just 186 yards with Corey Robinson held to 105 yards through the air.

State has a week off before hosting LSU on Oct. 5.

logan.lowery@journalinc.com

  • Kevin

    Should build confidence heading into Bowling Green, Kentucky, and a few other powder puffs while Ole Miss begins at least a 5-game skid staring next Saturday.

  • pdreb

    Yep, Mullen knows how to crush those cupcakes. Rebels begin a five game skid? Hardly. They’ll take Auburn and LSU but won’t be embarrassed by Bama or TAMU. In the meantime State loses to LSU then on November 2 begins a string of five straight losses to finish the season at 4-8. That will give Mullen a 14-26 overall SEC record and 5-21 in the West. Nice job for getting paid $50,000 a week.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.davis.52438174 Mike Davis

      You need to be worried about Bama,lol…

  • pdreb

    No Mike, you and Kevin need to be worried about LSU, not Bowling Green.

    We’ll play well at Tuscaloosa but winning that one is a stretch. The same can be said for the Dawgs. You get Bama at home but they’ll shred your Dawgs worse on your turf than we’ll get on theirs.

  • Darnell

    Great game all around for the bulldogs. The playbook was opened and it was great to see the ball get spread around. Remembering last year’s game and hearing all the talk about Troy’s high powered offense made me nervous. Where do the dogs go from here concerning the QB situation? I heard that Coach Mullen is going to stay with Russell as the starter. He has two weeks to get ready for LSU.
    At least they won’t running the same run plays for Prescott when he comes in for Russell. There are too many weapons on offense (Lewis, Johnson, Marrow, Prescott, Perkins,and a huge O line) not to spread the ball around and open the playbook more. It’s time to step it up on both sides of the ball.