Live from Jordan-Hare Stadium

Jordan-Hare Stadium

Jordan-Hare Stadium

Hello from the plains of Auburn and Jordan-Hare Stadium. It’s a beautiful afternoon but it appears the locals are all glued to the Alabama-Texas A&M game. There isn’t an empty seat in the press box where the TV’s are located. The first person I ran into upon arriving today was MSU head baseball coach John Cohen who left me with the advice of “you can’t go wrong with a hot dog”.

Anyways, I will be updating here as well as on Twitter throughout the evening so be sure to stay tuned.

Scanning over the flip card we were provided I don’t see any changes but if they do have any I’ll let you know.

Auburn has arrived and have circled around the AU logo at midfield to pray.

The Bulldogs have now arrived and are walking the field wearing grey jumpsuits.

MSU will wear its maroon matte helmets with white face masks, white jerseys and white pants.

I just finished up our pregame meal of tacos and Mexican rice. Both teams specialists are out on the field warming up. Auburn is going with its classic look of white helmets, navy jerseys and white pants.

As the Hokey Pokey plays over the stadium speakers, Tyler Russell takes the field dressed out and is going through pre-game warm-ups. LaDarius Perkins, Nickoe Whitley and Jamerson Love are all also warming up.

Ryan Brown will start at defensive end for MSU instead of Preston Smith. P.J. Jones will start at defensive tackle in place of Chris Jones.

For Auburn, Robenson Therezie will start at Star instead of Justin Garrett. Ben Bradley will start at defensive tackle instead of Jeffrey Whitaker, Nosa Eguae will start at defensive end instead of LaDarius Owens, Ryan White will start at cornerback instead of Chris Davis and Travon Reed will start at wide receiver instead of Quay Bray.

Although Russell was announced as the starter over the public address, Dak Prescott will start tonight’s game at quarterback.

“Nova” the eagle did not crash into the window during pregame as it did in 2011.

MSU won the toss and deferred to the second half.

Benardrick McKinney comes up with a big third down sack for the Bulldogs on the opening drive. Cody Parkey kicks a 40-yard field goal, 3-0 AU 10:53 1st.

Prescott’s first drive moves the chains four times but stalls in the red zone. Devon Bell missed a 35-yard field goal wide right.

Nick Marshall bobbled a third down snap and was able to find a wide open Quan Bray for a 76-yard touchdown after Justin Cox had slipped down on the play. Ryan White‘s two-point conversion pass to Brandon Fulse was good giving AU a 11-0 lead, 4:54 1st.

Prescott fired right back with a 61-yard completion to Robert Johnson on the first play of the drive. Jameon Lewis scored on a 14-yard reverse on the next play. Nick Griffin‘s two-point conversion run failed, 11-6 AU 4:09 1st.

END 1ST – Auburn 11, MSU 6

Parkey with a 19-yard field goal, 14-6 AU 13:36 2nd.

Deontae Skinner forced a fumble on a punt but Auburn is able to recover. Skinner also has a sack in this one as well.

Prescott with a 5-yard touchdown run on 3rd-and-goal. Bell PAT, 14-13 AU 5:02 2nd.

Whitley picks off Marshall’s Hail Mary attempt on the final play of the first half. That’s his 11th career interception.

HALFTIME – Auburn 14, MSU 13

Key halftime stats:

First downs: MSU 12; AU 9

Rushing yards: MSU 90; AU 62

Passing yards: MSU 152; AU 155

Total yards: MSU 242; AU 217

Turnovers: MSU 0; AU 1

Penalties: MSU 1-10; AU 1-5

Possession time: MSU 16:14; AU 13:46

Individual Leaders

Rushing: MSU – Dak Prescott 8-49-TD; AU – Corey Grant 5-36

Passing: MSU – Dak Prescott 9-17-152-0-0; AU Nick Marshall 10-16-155-1-1

Receiving: MSU – Robert Johnson 3-78; Quan Bray 2-80-TD

Tackles: MSU – Benardrick McKinney 6; AU – Jonathon Mincy 6

Following a 47-yard designed run, Prescott plows in for a 2-yard touchdown run. Bell PAT, 20-14 MSU 12:38 3rd. Prescott now has 11 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

After a Marshall 37-yard completion to himself, Parkey kicks a 47-yard field goal. 20-17 MSU 9:53 3rd.

Kendrick Market forced a fumble and Preston Smith recovers at midfield.

Richie Brown with his first career sack.

END 3rd – MSU 20, Auburn 17

Whitley with his second interception of the game.

Brandon Holloway downs Baker Swedenburg’s punt at the 3-yard line. AU ball with 8:36 to play.

I’m down on the field now. Will update once game is over.

Marshall tossed a 11-yard touchdown to C.J. Uzomah with 10-seconds remaining. Parkey PAT, 24-20 AU.

Final: Auburn 24, Mississippi State 20

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I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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  • ezfreeze

    Les Koening knows how to kill moment and help seal what should have been a run away victory into a heart breaking loss…

    What a good OC would have done….
    You run the option with an option QB

    What Les’ does…
    You run it once, it works, you don’t run it again…

    What a good OC does when your QB is shaky with his throws…
    You setup some bubble screens or easy throws to help him get his confidence back

    What Les Koening calls…
    Throw down the middle of the field or just keep running the ball… Up the middle, around the end…

    OMG this man is absolutely HORRIBLE!!!!

    He needs to be fired…

    I personally don’t see that happening though… Dan will hold on to him till start losing seasons as a normalcy again and the fans lose faith in the program… Then Dan may be fired because he didn’t want to fire a friend…

  • TrueMaroon5

    If you insert “Dan” where you have “Les”, you’d be correct. This falls on Dan Mullen.

    • ezfreeze

      We have an OC in the booth that calls the plays… He will never call out Les in public…

      • TrueMaroon5

        The plays go through Mullen. In crucial situations, he’s just as much to blame.

  • ethanoldawg

    So we snatch defeat from the jaws of Victory. At least my UT Skyhawks saved the day.

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