NCAA Game Summary - Mississippi State at Kentucky|
(Saturday, October 6th)
Final Score: (20) Mississippi State 27, Kentucky 14
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Tyler Russell threw for 269 yards and two
touchdowns, leading No. 20 Mississippi State past Kentucky, 27-14, and helping
the Bulldogs to their best start since 1999.
Russell completed 23-of-39 passes for the Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0 SEC), who were
last unbeaten after five games 13 years ago. LaDarius Perkins ran for 110
yards and also added a score, while Adrian Marcus caught a 10-yard touchdown
pass in the first quarter and Chad Bumphis paced all receivers with nine
catches for 104 yards and a score.
Bumphis' 27-yard touchdown catch in the third was the 18th of his career,
passing Eric Moulds and Justin Jenkins for the most in school history.
The Wildcats' were forced to mix it up at quarterback after starter Maxwell
Smith tore ligaments in his ankle in last weekend's loss to South Carolina.
Jalen Whitlow, who was pulled from the game early, returned as the Kentucky
quarterback after Patrick Towles suffered an ankle injury at the end of
the second quarter. Whitlow finished 10-of-21 for 73 yards and rushed for
26 yards and a score, but the Wildcats (1-5, 0-3) dropped their fourth
La'Rod King hauled in two passes, both from Towles, for 46 yards and a
touchdown in the defeat.
"After the fast start that Mississippi State got, I thought our guys competed
hard, only gave up one touchdown in the second half," said Wildcats head coach
Joker Phillips. "We've got another tough road game next week versus Arkansas.
We have to go back to work tomorrow."
Following Whitlow's touchdown run in the third quarter to make it 27-14,
Kentucky attempted an onside kick and recovered. However, Whitlow was sacked
on a 3rd-and-5 play, forcing the Wildcats to kick away.
Early in the fourth, the Bulldogs moved to Kentucky's 30-yard line on Bumphis'
17-yard reception, but Chris Smith fumbled three plays later and Kentucky's
Farrington Huguenin recovered.
Again, Kentucky was unable to capitalize off the opportunity. Whitlow moved
the Wildcats into Mississippi State territory with a 12-yard rush, but failed
to pick up another yard. On 4th-and-11, Whitlow's pass fell incomplete with
just under seven minutes to play in the game.
The Bulldogs dominated the time of possession in the first quarter. They
controlled the football for over 11 minutes and scored touchdowns on two of
their three possessions.
On their first touch of the game, Russell completed 6-of-8 throws, his last a
screen pass to Marcus, who took it 10 yards for a score to cap a 13-play, 85-
After forcing Kentucky three-and-out for the second consecutive series,
Mississippi State took over at its own 39. Russell found Robert Johnson down
the field for a 19-yard completion to move the Bulldogs into Wildcat
territory. After failing to convert on third down, Dak Presscott picked up
four yards on 4th-and-3 to give the Bulldogs a new set of downs.
On the following play, Russell handed the ball off to Perkins, who took it 31
yards for a touchdown, giving Mississippi State a 14-0 lead.
"We talked to our guys about a fast start," said Bulldogs head coach Dan
Mullen. "I think we certainly had that. Had a really solid first half on both
sides of the ball."
Towles took over for Whitlow on the next series and brought some life to the
Wildcats' offense. In his first career action, Towles completed 5-of-5
passes, including two to King for 14 and 32 yards, respectively, the latter
for a touchdown to make it a one score game early in the second quarter.
Kentucky forced Mississippi State to punt on its next possession, but failed
to build momentum after going three-and-out on its following touch.
The Bulldogs took over near midfield and twice converted on third down to help
set up a Devon Bell field goal attempt. On 3rd-and-1, Russell burst through
the line to pick up a first down and on 3rd-and-10 he lobbed a 19-yard pass to
Perkins. From inside the Wildcats' 10, Russell's 3rd-and-goal pass fell
incomplete but Bell added three points with a 20-yard field goal.
On Kentucky's ensuing possession, Towles was sacked for a 12-yard loss on
first down, twisting his ankle on the play. He would finish the drive, which
went three-and-out, but would not return in the second half.
Starting from their own 29 with 53 seconds until halftime, the Bulldogs
quickly moved down the field. Russell completed a 26-yard pass to Arceto
Clark, who drew a facemask penalty on the play to move Mississippi State down
to the Wildcats' 30. After picking up nine more yards, Bell kicked one through
from 37 yards out as time expired to make it 20-7 at halftime.
Mississippi State is 5-0 for just the fourth time in school history ... The
Bulldogs improved to 7-3 against SEC opponents under head coach Dan Mullen ...
King tied Felix Wilson for eighth most career receiving yards in school
history ... Kentucky still leads the all-time series, 21-19.
10/06 19:44:34 ET