This past Saturday, in Week 9 of NCAA Football, we saw the No. 1 Mississippi State Bulldogs now 7-0 (1st SEC West) struggle in their 45-31 win over the unranked Kentucky Wildcats, now 5-3 (3rd SEC East). The game took place at the Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky and was televised on CBS TV. Let's recap how the Bulldogs outlasted the Wildcats.
The undefeated Bulldogs in this game came to the conclusion that a lead is not safe when playing the Kentucky Wildcats, and they are only glad they built an early cushion, that the Wildcats just could not overcome. They built that cushion with QB Prescott passing for 2 touchdowns and RB Robinson adding another 2 touchdowns in the game. The Bulldog QB Prescott became the 5 Power 5 players in the last 10 years to complete 3 TD passes in each of the 1st seven games of the 2014 season.
The Bulldogs score 10 points in the 1st quarter while the Wildcats scored 7 points, then in the second quarter the Bulldogs scored another 7 points, while the Wildcats scored 3 points with the 1st half ending at 17-10 favor of Mississippi State. In the 3rd the Bulldogs and the Wildcats each scored 14 points, while in the final 4th quarter the Bulldogs scored 14 points and the Wildcats 7, thus the final score was Mississippi State 45 and Kentucky 31.
The offensive leaders for the Bulldogs, was QB Prescott, who completed 18 of his 33 passes for 216 yards for 1 TD, with 1 interception. RB’s Robinson & Prescott combined for 41 carries for 186 yards with each scoring 2 touchdowns. Receivers Ross & Robinson had 7 receptions for a combined 95 yards.
Offensive leaders for the Wildcats, was QB Towles, who completed 24 of 43 passes for 390 yards and 2 touchdowns. RB’s Towles & Kemp had 26 carries for 90 yards with Towles scoring 2 touchdowns. Receivers Timmons & Robinson combined for 9 receptions for 200 yards with Robinson scoring 1 TD.
In the end this game was typical of the series of games, between these two SEC teams, as in 4 of the last 6 series games, the score has been by a TD or less, so the Bulldogs could not relax until the game ended. This was homecoming at Kentucky with 64,791 fans, mostly Kentucky fanatics, and the Wildcats QB Towles passing and rushing action in the game they were more than excited.
For those that bet on college football let it be known, that it only took the Mississippi Bulldogs 115 years, to become No.1 in the college polls, and this was their 1st game as No.1, and undefeated to this point. At the offshore betting sites, at the time of this article line were not available on next week’s games.
Next Saturday, Nov. 1st the Kentucky Wildcats now 5-3 play at the Missouri Tigers now 6-2 (2nd SEC East) at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri at 4 PM ET. The Mississippi Bulldogs now 7-0 play at home next Saturday the 1st of Nov. 2014 against the Arkansas Razorbacks now 4-4 (7th SEC West) at the Davis Wade Stadium at 7:15 PM ET on ESPN TV.