Hello and welcome to Davis Wade Stadium on the campus of Mississippi State University. After being drenched last night at the West Point-Noxubee County game, it looks like it’s going to be a good evening for football here in Starkville. Troy has already arrived and a few of their specialists are getting loose on the field as I type this. I will be here throughout the evening so stay tuned as I’ll be updating the blog as long as I’m here.
Remember tonight’s game is televised on FSN. A few of State’s specialists are getting stretched on the field now as well.
It was just announced on the radio that tonight’s game is sold out. That’s 25 straight at Davis Wade Stadium.
They’ve got the Arkansas-Rutgers game on the MooTube during pregame. MSU will be wearing its glossy maroon helmets with maroon facemasks, maroon jerseys and white pants.
Tyler Russell is dressed out and is warming up with the quarterbacks during pregame.
Troy is clad in cardinal helmets with black face masks, white jerseys and cardinal pants.
For MSU, Dylan Holley will start at center for Dillon Day, Preston Smith will start at defensive end for Ryan Brown, Chris Jones will start at defensive tackle for P.J. Jones and Cedric Jiles will start at cornerback for Taveze Calhoun. Calhoun is not warming up with the defensive backs. I had heard he was injured earlier this week in practice.
For Troy, Keion Payne will start at cornerback for Chris Davis.
According to an MSU spokesman, Russell was cleared for contact on Thursday but Dak Prescott will start tonight’s game because he’d gotten the majority of the reps in practice.
MSU has a freshman walk-on linebacker named Mannie Lowery. He sounds like he’s pretty good.
Linebacker Ferlando Bohanna and safety Dee Arrington are not dressed out for MSU.
I just ran into MSU offensive coordinator Les Koenning in the men’s room. When I asked him how it was going he said he’d let me know at halftime.
Preston Smith stayed at home and had a tackle for loss on a double reverse on the first play from scrimmage.
Jamerson Love with a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown against Corey Robinson. Devon Bell PAT, 7-0 MSU 13:00 1st. That was the Aberdeen native’s second career pick.
Facing 3rd-and-goal from the MSU 7-yard line, Matthew Wells records a sack and a forced fumble on Deon Anthony and is recovered by Benardrick McKinney.
Bell 25-yard field goal, 10-0 MSU 3:08 1ST.
Robinson with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Eric Thomas. Jed Solomon PAT, 10-7 MSU 0:06 1st.
Jameon Lewis fumbled the ensuing kickoff but it was recovered by Richie Brown.
End 1st Quarter: MSU 10, Troy 7
Lewis with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Prescott. Nice double pass there to Prescott, who followed a convoy of blockers for the score. Bell PAT, 17-7 MSU 13:44 2nd.
Troy attempts a fake punt deep in MSU territory and only makes it out to the 22-yard line. Bulldogs take over and Prescott scores on a 22-yard run on the next play. Bell PAT, 24-7 MSU 11:55 2nd.
Prescott with an 11-yard touchdown run. Bell PAT, 31-7 MSU 8:08 2nd.
Josh Robinson with a 19-yard touchdown run, tip-toeing down the left sideline. Bell PAT, 38-7 MSU, 3:03 2nd. This is the most points in a half under Dan Mullen.
Prescott returned the favor to Lewis with a 50-yard touchdown toss. Bell PAT, 45-7 MSU 1:00 2nd.
HALFTIME: MSU 45, Troy 7
Key halftime stats:
First downs: TROY 11; MSU 16
Rushing yards: TROY 49; MSU 106
Passing yards: TROY 134; MSU 243
Total yards: TROY 183; MSU 349
Turnovers: TROY 2; MSU 0
Penalties: TROY 5-56; MSU 2-25
Possession time: TROY 17:16; MSU 12:44
Rushing: TROY – Brandon Burks 8-43; MSU – Dak Prescott 5-53, 2 TD
Passing: TROY – Corey Robinson 15-22-105-1-1; MSU – Dak Prescott 10-17-207-1-0
Receiving: TROY – Eric Thomas 3-14-TD, Jim Teknipp 1-29; MSU – Robert Johnson 3-30, Jameon Lewis 2-96-TD
Tackles: TROY – Camren Hudson 5; MSU – Matthew Wells 5, Benardrick McKinney 5
Lewis with an 8-yard touchdown run. Bell PAT, 52-7 10:28 3rd.
Damian Williams takes over at quarterback on the second drive of the second half.
Bell missed a 30-yard field goal.
End 3rd Quarter: MSU 52, Troy 7
Evan Sobiesk with a 24-yard field goal, 55-7 MSU 11:29 4th.
Derrick Milton with a 10-yard touchdown run. Sobiesk PAT, 62-7 MSU 4:47 4th.
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FINAL: Mississippi State 62, Troy 7