Live from War Memorial Stadium

War Memorial Stadium

War Memorial Stadium

I just arrived in the press box on a chilly morning in Little Rock. Several players are already on the field for warm-ups including MSU quarterbacks Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott. Russell is dressed out and going through pregame activities while Prescott is wearing his jersey but sweat pants underneath. Defensive tackle Quay Evans did not make the trip. The Bulldogs will be wearing their glossy maroon helmets, white jerseys and maroon pants. Arkansas will wear gray helmets and grey uniforms.

Stay tuned throughout the game and I’ll be updating you on all the goings on here at War Memorial Stadium. This is my third time here but I’ve never been to Fayetteville.

We lost power here at the stadium for a few minutes but everything is back up and running now.

If one mascot isn’t enough for you, Arkansas has four.

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema stated on his radio show that Jonathan Williams, Alex Collins and Braylon Mitchell will sit out the first quarter for being tardy to meetings this week.

It’s a thin crowd on-hand today.

MSU wins the toss and defers to the second half.

Now that Christian Holmes is back on defense, Ashton Shumpert is the only offensive player on the kickoff team.

Deontae Skinner starts the game at linebacker for the Bulldogs. He’d missed two games previously.

After a 44-yard return on the opening kickoff, Arkansas scores in eight plays. Javontee Herndon with an 8-yard touchdown on an end around. Zach Hocker PAT, 7-0 UA 11:02.

Russell starts the game at quarterback. Bulldogs ran six plays on their opening drive, three for negative yardage.

Williams takes over at quarterback in the second series.

END 1ST QUARTER: ARKANSAS 7, MISSISSIPPI STATE 0

Williams just had his first SEC completion and first since Sept. 21 against Troy.

Tackling, or lack there of, has been horrid for MSU so far.

Hocker with a 54-yard field goal, 10-0 UA 6:53 2nd

Russell back in for the third series. Completes a 35-yarder to Jameon Lewis on the first play from scrimmage. Hits Malcolm Johnson on the second but he fumbles. Looked like he was down. Play is under review. Ruling overturned, MSU ball at the 11-yard line.

Devon Bell with a 24-yard field goal, 10-3 UA 5:08 2nd.

Arkansas attemped a fake punt but Denico Autry sniffs it out and the Bulldogs take over at the UA 40-yard line.

Russell with a 30-yard touchdown pass to LaDarius Perkins. Bell PAT, 10-10 1:48 2nd

Perkins is shaken up on the play after being hit diving into the end zone.

Tolando Cleveland forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and is recovered by Beniquez Brown at the UA 34-yard line.

Derrick Milton with his first carry since the Troy game on Sept. 21.

Milton fumbled at the goal line and recovered by Rohan Gaines.

HALFTIME: ARKANSAS 10, MISSISSIPPI STATE 10

Key halftime stats:

First downs: MSU 9;UA 10

Rushing yards: MSU 39; UA 124

Passing yards: MSU 174; UA 47

Total yards: MSU 213; UA 171

Turnovers: MSU 1; UA 1

Penalties: MSU 0-0; UA 1-5

Possession time: MSU 12:12; UA 17:48

Individual leaders:

Rushing: MSU – LaDarius Perkins 6-32; UA – Jonathan Williams 3-39

Passing: MSU – Tyler Russell 8-10-155-1-0; UA – Brandon Allen 5-9-47-0-0

Receiving: MSU – Robert Johnson 3-61; UA – Keon Hatcher 1-16

Tackles: MSU – Kendrick Market 4, P.J. Jones 4, Nickoe Whitley 4, Richie Brown 4; UA – Alan Turner 5

Bell’s 28-yard field goal is blocked by Dan Skipper on the opening drive of the second half.

Russell picked off by Jared Collins at the UA 43-yard line.

Julian Horton with a 22-yard touchdown run. Hocker PAT, 17-10 UA 3:28 3rd.

END 3RD QUARTER: ARKANSAS 17, MISSISSIPPI STATE 10

MSU has lost 33-straight games when trailing after three quarters.

Attendance: 45,198

Russell with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Lewis. Bell PAT, 17-17 13:35 4th.

Perkins has not played in the second half.

Nickoe Whitley with a huge play for the Bulldogs defense, forcing and recovering a fumble at his own 9-yard line.

Bulldogs use their second time out with 1:18 to play. It’s still tied 17-17 and MSU ball at the UA 33-yard line.

Arkansas calls its first timeout with 0:56 to play with the ball at the UA 20-yard line.

Russell throws a 25-yard touchdown pass to De’Runnya Wilson. But it’s called back for offensive pass interferance.

Russell is down.

Williams completes a 15-yard pass to Lewis down to the 25-yard line. Arkansas takes second timeout with 0:23 left.

Bell misses a 42-yard field goal wide right with 0:18 left.

END 4TH QUARTER: ARKANSAS 17, MISSISSIPPI STATE 17

Headed down to the field, see ya’ll afterwards.

Williams scored on a 25-yard run on the first play of overtime. Bell PAT, 24-17.

Taveze Calhoun interceptions ends it.

FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 24, ARKANSAS 17 (OVERTIME)

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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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