A frustrating day for Mississippi State in all three phases of the game ended with a tough 31-24 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats. The Bulldogs were defeated for the first time since these two teams have squared off head-to-head on the gridiron. The loss sets the Bulldogs 2-1 on the season while Kansas State moves to 3-0.
Kansas State managed to get points off of the Bulldogs turnover as Blake Lynch booted a 35-yard field goal through the uprights to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Mississippi State answered with points of their own off of a Kansas State turnover as Tommy Stevens led a nine-play, 51-yard drive that resulted in a two-yard quarterback keeper from Stevens. The successful PAT closed the gap to 10-7 with 5:39 left in the first half.
Kansas State retaliated with a five-play drive capped off by a one-yard Skylar Thompson sneak after Stevens fumbled the football mid-run to give the Wildcats a short field. The Wildcats took a commanding 17-7 lead.
However, with just 17 seconds on the clock, Stevens found Mitchell for a 35-yard touchdown throw in double-coverage to tighten up the game 17-14 before both teams went to the locker rooms for halftime.
Out of the halftime break, Mississippi State’s defense stepped up, forcing a quick punt for the Wildcats, however, Stevens threw his second interception of the game. On the AJ Parker return, the junior defensive back fumbled, giving Mississippi State the ball right back. True freshman Garrett Shrader took over the quarterback position and led a 12-play, 79-yard drive capped off by a five-yard touchdown run from Shrader. That gave the Bulldogs a 21-17 lead - their first of the game - with 4:47 left in the third quarter.
At the start of the fourth quarter, kicker Jace Christmann booted a 47-yard field goal through the uprights to give Mississippi State a 24-17 lead, but Kansas State knotted the game up immediately when Malik Knowles returned the Bulldog kickoff 100-yards for a Wildcat score.
With just under six minutes remaining in the game, Thompson found senior wide receiver Dalton Scheon for a 15-yard touchdown. A successful PAT gave the Wildcats a 31-24 lead and ultimately the victory in Starkville.
Mississippi State will play host to Kentucky next Saturday, while Kansas state will be on the road in two weeks to take on Oklahoma State.
Tommy Stevens - 7-15, 100 yards, 1 touchdown - 7 carries, 5 yards
Garrett Shrader - 4-12, 51 yards - 10 carries, 82 yards, 1 touchdown
Kylin Hill - 24 carries, 111 yards, 1 touchdown
Osirus Mitchell - 5 receptions, 74 yards, 1 touchdown
Skylar Thompson - 10-18, 123 yards 1 touchdown - 4 carries, 8 yards, 1 touchdown
James Gilbert - 17 carries, 59 yards
Dalton Scheon - 3 receptions, 50 yards, 1 touchdown