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Thursday night will be the first time in Mark Stoops’ career as a head coach that he does not face a team ranked in the Top 20. That doesn’t mean it will be any easier for his 1-5 Wildcats to walk away with the win on the road. Mississippi State used to be a game that Kentucky fans looked forward to. The Bulldogs always seemed to share the cellar of the SEC, giving the ‘Cats a better than average chance for a win. Since luring Dan Mullen away from Florida, the Bulldogs have not lost to Kentucky. The Wildcats last victory in the series came on Nov. 1st, 2008 in a 14-13 victory.
Many media members around the nation feel that Dan Mullen’s job is on the the line. Since arriving in Starkville, he has lead the Bulldogs to three strait bowl games. However, Mullen has only compiled a 13-21 record in the SEC. If you take out the wins versus Kentucky, Mullen has only won nine SEC games since 2009. Some could compare Mullen’s job to former Kentucky coach Rich Brooks. While Brooks gave the Wildcats respectable results, they never were able to take that next step forward. In the eyes of the people in Starkville, the program will be going in the wrong direction if Mullen’s Bulldogs are upset at home versus Kentucky.
Kentucky has not been the only SEC school suffering with a quarterback controversy. QB Tyler Russell started the year for the Bulldogs, but suffered a concussion and missed three games. Insert backup QB Dak Prescott, and allow him to wow you with his dual threat abilities. Now that Russell is healthy again, the Bulldogs have been using Russell as the “passing” quarterback and Prescott as the “running” quarterback. Any of that ring a cowbell?
Look for LaDarius Perkins to be the heavy hitter running the ball, averaging 5.0 yards per carry this season. Along with Prescott, Perkins will be apart of Mississippi State’s ground attack that last lead them to 17 touchdowns on the season compared to only six scores through the air. Jameon Lewis will be MSU’s biggest receiving threat, compiling 393 yards and three touchdowns on the year. At 5-foot-9, he has the speed to get around defenses and has a proven arm for throwing a TD in case Mullen was to try a trick play.
The Kentucky offensive line will have their hands full with DE Chris Jones, who has already racked up 14 tackles and 1 sack on the year. The 5-star freshman recruit is already making some huge waves in the SEC, and needs to be respected by whoever lines up in front of him. DE Preston Smith has 15 tackles and two sacks on the year, and will also be a worry for Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown.
Mississippi State is 3-3 on the year, but has not recorded an SEC victory. The Wildcats are in the same position, but with a 1-5 overall record. We know the ‘Cats are healthier than they have been in a long time after last week’s bye. While Kentucky’s last game was a 48-7 thumping from No.1 Alabama, the Bulldogs squeaked by Bowling Green (OH) in a 21-20 victory. Many pundits will point and say this is Kentucky’s big shot to win an SEC game. The rest of UK’s schedule would indicate this may be their best chance until Tennessee comes to Lexington for the last game of the year. Any win would be great, but a road win is really something to get pumped about in the SEC.
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Yesterday during his talking, but NOT discussing injuries, with the media portion of his day, Dan Mullen said that he and his players treat Kentucky, who is Mississippi State's permanent East opponent, as "a little bit" of a rivalry game. While that's probably a stretch because KENTUCKY FOOTBALL, I hope both teams treat it as such tonight, as it is a terrible...
Mississippi State tight end Artimas Samuel's jersey name during Thursday night's Mississippi State vs. Kentucky game was misspelled.
It only took Mississippi State five plays to get on the scoreboard tonight against Kentucky. On 3rd-and-6 from their own 40-yard line, Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott was able to escape pressure and find his tight end, Malcolm Johnson, down the field for a 60-yard touchdown. There wasn’t even anyone else in the picture when Johnson caught the ball.
Mississippi State Bulldogs punter Devon Bell did exactly what he was not supposed to do: Fumble a perfectly good snap out of the end zone for a safety.
For whatever reasons beating Kentucky doesn’t easily for the Dan Mullen and Mississippi State. Yet win they do, if this 28-22 victory demanded a Bulldog defensive stand that was just fine by the coach. “Hoooo-eeee!” he said. “We keep everybody tuned in right to the last minute, don’t we?”
While calling the Kentucky Wildcats-Mississippi State Bulldogs game on Thursday night, Rece Davis made a joke about Mark May losing weight. In an attempt to follow up the joke, David Pollack called Mark May “tan,” making for an extremely awkward few seconds during ESPN’s broadcast. Probably not the best use of judgement on Pollack’s part.
FSNextTV: Included are highlights of Mississippi State basketball newcomers I.J. Ready and Fallou Ndoye performing in the Wednesday night basketball scrimmage.
Notes and statistics from Kentucky's game Thursday night at Mississippi State. The Wildcats posted 325 yards in total offense, their highest total in SEC play this season.
This edition of AllWildcats.com GAMEDAY brings you everything you need to know about tonight's Kentucky versus Mississippi State matchup in Starkville.
Former Florida Gator Jesse Palmer stated that he thinks Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott is a better running quarterback than Tim Tebow and Alex Smith.
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Yeah, the World Series is on but isn’t it more interesting when a terrible SEC team takes on another terrible SEC team and wears thigh pads with logos? That’s what I thought! Check these UK themed thigh pads out. They are taking the uniform game to the next level. If only they can win a game or two. If the Kentucky Wildcats beat Mississippi State tonight, Dan Mullen is officially...
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen came to the postgame press conference, sat in his chair, adjusted the microphone and then let out a strange noise that was somewhere between a scream and sigh of relief.
The Bulldogs had picked up their first Southeastern Conference victory of the season.
But it wasn't easy at all.
Mississippi State beat Kentucky 28-22 on Thursday night at...
Enclosed are the stats and info from Mississippi State baseball's Friday scrimmage, October 25, 2013.