Arkansas jumped on top 10 to 0 and the top ranked team in the country appeared to be in trouble. Mississippi State Head Coach, Dan Mullen, says, “What hurt us today is mistakes. I didn’t think we played tight. I thought we were playing well. I just think we made some really poor mistakes, you know, turning it over three times in the first half.”
The Bulldogs’ offense came to life thanks to big plays by Josh Robinson, who rushed for 64 yards on 19 carries. He also caught 6 passes for 110 yards. Mississippi State Running Back, Josh Robinson, says, “You know, I told Dak, shakedowns and he went through his progressions and he just happened to see me more often.”
With the game tied at 10 in the 4th quarter, State quarterback, Dak Prescott, avoided a sack, heaved the ball downfield, and Fred Ross walked into the end zone for 69 yards on the play and the Bulldogs took a 17 to 10 lead.
The temperature was low in Starkville, but it was the defense that really turned up the heat with some key 4th quarter plays. With Arkansas knocking on the door, the State defense did not allow the Razorbacks into the end zone at a key goal line stand with less than six minutes to play in the game. Mullen also says, “We made stops when we needed to make stops at the end. We still gotta’ look, I mean, now one of our goals is really creating a lot of three and outs and I think they were able to stay on the field, control the time of possession.”
The Razorbacks did not go quietly. It took an interception in the end zone by Will Redmond with 25 seconds to play to seal the win for the Bulldogs, much to the delight of the sold out crowd in Starkville. Mullen closes, “I wanna’ thank our student body, all our fan base on another incredible atmosphere out there by all our fans and all our student body everywhere, giving us that home field advantage. I think they were the difference in the game tonight.”
The dream of a national championship is still alive. This coming Saturday, November 8th, the bulldogs play host to U.T. Martin. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.