Robinson paves way for winning score

Mississippi State quarterback Damian Williams (14) celebrates with running back Josh Robinson (34) after Williams' overtime game-winning touchdown. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Mississippi State quarterback Damian Williams (14) celebrates with running back Josh Robinson after Williams’ overtime game-winning touchdown. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

By Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Josh Robinson didn’t play a single snap during the first half of Mississippi State’s game at Arkansas.

But the sophomore running back certainly made an impact in the second half of Saturday’s game.

Robinson rushed 17 times for 101 yards and also served as the lead blocker on Damian Williams’ game-winning 25-yard touchdown run in overtime.

“I just told (Williams) to follow me and I’d lead the way,” Robinson said. “Shoot, I won’t miss guys. I’m going to go through my reads just like I would if I was running the ball. He trusted me and I did my job.”

LaDarius Perkins, Ashton Shumpert and Derrick Milton all got reps in the backfield ahead of Robinson during the first half.

“I had the flu at the beginning of the week and didn’t practice one day,” Robinson said. “I guess that took a toll.”

After Perkins left the game with a rib injury late in the second quarter and Milton fumbled on the goal line just before halftime, it was Robinson’s show the rest of the way.

The Franklinton, La., native picked up 23 yards on the first play of the second half and finished the third quarter with 53 yards on six attempts.

For the year, Robinson is averaging 5.5 yards per carry gaining 376 yards on 68 attempts. He is excited about the Bulldogs backfield possibilities for the remainder of the season heading into next year.

Robinson returns in 2014 along with Shumpert, Milton and Nick Griffin. MSU also has two tailbacks – Aries Williams of West Point and Dontavian Lee of Forrest County AHS – committed as well.

“Starting with the rest of the year, we’re going to change Mississippi State’s history,” Robinson said. “We already know that we’re going to have an amazing team next year that could win a national championship. We’ll go into the off-season working hard but we’ve got to finish out these two games first and that’s what we plan on doing.”

logan.lowery@journalinc.com