Rash of turnovers proves costly for Bulldogs

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott threw three interceptions and lost a fumble on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott threw three interceptions and lost a fumble on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

By Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Mississippi State was better than South Carolina in many categories on Saturday.

The Bulldogs outgained the Gamecocks with 78 more yards, 11 more first downs, had the ball seven minutes longer and ran 24 more plays, just to name a few.

However, the one crucial statistical area that did not favor MSU was turnovers. The Bulldogs committed five to South Carolina’s none, which impacted the most important category of all – the final score.

“We made five turnovers and had six coming in,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen. “There was a different problem on every single turnover. It’s something that we’ve preached on. We were one of the top teams in the country coming in not turning the ball over. We’ll look at everybody and their mistakes and get those fixed.”

State led the Southeastern Conference for the fewest turnovers in the league coming in at and had only surrendered three points off them. The Gamecocks scored 20 of their 36 points on Saturday off MSUturnovers.

“If it was 5-0 turnovers the other way, I’m going to say we win the game,” Mullen said. “I don’t know that for sure, but if you just flip the turnovers where we never turn it over and they turn it over five times and let the rest of the game play out how it plays out, I’m going to say we win the game.”

Four turnovers came by way of Bulldog quarterback Dak Prescott – three interceptions and a fumble. Prescott had only three interceptions entering the game.

“Their quarterback goes 10-of-20 and throws four touchdowns and ours goes 17 of 27 with three to win, but give (South Carolina) credit because they didn’t make the mistakes. They made plays and we made mistakes.”

logan.lowery@journalinc.com