Thursday night’s college football matchup on ESPN featured two teams near the bottom of the SEC each trying to grab their first conference win of the season. In the end, the Mississippi State Bulldogs were able to hold off a resilient Kentucky Wildcats squad, 28-22.
To put this one away for head coach Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs, they needed to make a stop on 4th-and-7 with Kentucky on their side of the field at the 29, which they were able to do after an errant Maxwell Smith pass over the middle.
Dak Prescott had a phenomenal game for Mississippi State at quarterback in this one, going 23-of-34 for 268 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown pass from running back Jameon Lewis late in the third quarter to push the score to 28-19.
With about eight minutes to go on the fourth quarter, Kentucky put through a 44-yard field goal to cut the lead to six. After stopping Mississippi State, Kentucky couldn’t get into the end zone for the potential win on that final drive.
Mississippi State now improves to 4-3 on the season and have a road trip to South Carolina next up on the agenda.
Kentucky, under first-year head coach Mark Stoops, drops to 1-6, but you can see that there is some potential with this team going forward. They’ll welcome in Alabama State next week to Commonwealth Stadium.