Welcome to the campus of Mississippi State for a Thursday night affair against Kentucky. With two hours remaining for kickoff, campus is barren. Not many folks here at all. We’ll have to see if that picks up as we draw closer to game time with people getting off work and driving in for the game. Kentucky has arrived and a few hundred people are lining up in the Junction for the Dawg Walk. Remember that tonight’s game is scheduled to kickoff at 6:31 p.m. on ESPN. I’ve got a radio interview to do down on the coast and pre-game meal to eat but I’ll be here throughout the evening with all the info you need on the game.
MSU has now arrived at the stadium and a few specialists from both squads are out on the field warming up.
State will wear its maroon helmet with the silver bulldog logo and maroon facemasks, maroon jerseys and white pants.
Kentucky will be clad in blue helmets with white facemasks, white jerseys and blue britches.
Probably my favorite note of the year so far is that UK junior tight end Steven Borden is the son of pro wrestler Sting. He’s number 85 for those of you watching on TV.
Sophomore Quay Evans is not working with the defensive line during pregame warm-ups. I don’t see him dressed out either.
Lineup changes for MSU – sophomore Taveze Calhoun will start at cornerback for Cedric Jiles. Junior Blaine Clausell will start at left tackle for Justin Senior.
Lineup changes for UK – sophomore Fred Tiller will start at cornerback for Cody Quinn. Sophomore Zach West will start at left guard for Max Godby.
Tonight’s honorary captain is former quarterback/ punter Todd Jordan.
Kentucky has won the toss and elected to receive.
Before the game they showed a replay of Anthony Dixon’s performance against Kentucky in 2009.
Maxwell Smith does indeed start tonight’s game at quarterback for the Wildcats.
Dak Prescott starts the game at quarterback for MSU.
Prescott with a 60-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Johnson on the opening drive. Nice job there by Prescott to avoid the sack, roll out and find Johnson wide open. Devon Bell PAT, 7-0 MSU 11:14 1st.
True freshman tight end Artimas Samuel made his debut on the Bulldogs opening drive.
Smith with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Timmons. Joe Mansour PAT, 7-7 8:38 1st.
Jameon “Tubby” Lewis with a 19-yard option run for a touchdown. Bell PAT, 14-7 MSU 6:34 1st.
True freshman Jamaal Clayborn made his collegiate debut at right guard on the second drive of the game.
Tyler Russell in at quarterback on the third series of the game for MSU.
Bell on for the first punt of the game instead of Baker Swedenburg.
END 1ST QUARTER – MISSISSIPPI STATE 14, KENTUCKY 7
Senior defensive end Denico Autry down on the field for the Bulldogs.
Mansour misses a 47-yard field goal wide right.
Prescott with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Lewis. Bell PAT, 21-7 MSU 6:14 2nd.
Autry has returned to the field.
Senior safety Nickoe Whitley was ejected after his second personal foul on Kentucky’s final drive of the first half.
Mansour with a career-long 45-yard field goal, 21-10 MSU 0:31 2nd.
Bell missed a 47-yard field goal wide left as time expires in the first half.
HALFTIME – MISSISSIPPI STATE 21, KENTUCKY 10
Key halftime stats:
First downs: UK 13, MSU 13
Rushing yards: UK 103; MSU 126
Passing yards: UK 99; MSU 170
Total yards: UK 202; MSU 296
Turnovers: UK 0; MSU 0
Penalties: UK 2-25; MSU 4-51
Possession time: UK 16:34; MSU 13:26
Rushing: UK – Raymond Sanders 13-64; MSU – LaDarius Perkins 4-41
Passing: UK – Maxwell Smith 9-20-99-1-0; MSU – Dak Prescott 11-18-160-2-0
Receiving: UK – Ryan Timmons 3-61-TD; MSU – Jameon Lewis 5-39-TD, Malcolm Johnson 2-65-TD
Tackles: UK – Avery Williamson 6; MSU – Deontae Skinner 6, Benardrick McKinney 6
Prescott is sacked for an 18-yard loss on third down. The fourth down punt snap goes out of the end zone for a safety, 21-12 MSU 5:26 3rd.
Jalen Whitlow into the game at quarterback for UK.
Jojo Kemp with a 14-yard touchdown run, his first career. Mansour PAT, 21-19 MSU 4:19 3rd.
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Lewis with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Prescott. Lewis has now thrown, caught and ran for a touchdown in a single game for the second time this season. Bell PAT, 28-19 MSU 0:36 3rd.
END 3RD QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 28, KENTUCKY 19
Autry with his first sack of the season. He told me earlier this week he planned to turn it up during the second half of the season.
Mansour with a 45-yard field goal, 28-22 MSU 8:15 4th.
FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 28, KENTUCKY 22