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Final

Kentucky 22

(1-6, 0-4 SEC)

Mississippi St 28

(4-3, 1-2 SEC)

Coverage: ESPN

7:30 PM ET, October 24, 2013

Davis Wade Stadium, STARKVILLE, MS

1 2 3 4 T
UK 7 3 9 322
MSST 14 7 7 028

Top Performers

Passing: D. Prescott (MSST) - 268 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Kemp (UK) - 15 CAR, 63 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Johnson (MSST) - 4 REC, 79 YDS, 1 TD

Mississippi St holds on to beat Kentucky 28-22

Associated Press
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Maxwell Smith pass incomplete to Alexander Montgomery.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. -- 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 Davis Wade Stadium. The Bulldogs built a 21-7 lead in the first half, but couldn't secure the game until Kentucky's last drive fell short at Mississippi State's 29 with 21 seconds left.

"We did a lot of really good things tonight," Mullen said. "And we did a lot of sloppy things."

Dak Prescott threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in another impressive all-around performance. He completed a career-high 23 of 34 passes and also rushed for 33 yards.

Jameon Lewis had a 19-yard touchdown run, caught a 17-yard scoring pass and also threw the 17-yard touchdown to Prescott on a trick play.

"He's a guy who makes people miss," Prescott said. "He's really good in space. He's a guy that we're going to get the ball to."

Mississippi State (4-3, 1-2 SEC) beat Kentucky (1-6, 0-4) for a fifth straight season.

"It was a must win," Lewis said. "A winning streak has to start somewhere."

It's the second time this season Lewis has had rushing, receiving and passing touchdowns in a game. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound senior was a quarterback in high school and Mullen relishes his diverse skill set.

Kentucky's Joe Mansour made a 44-yard field goal with 8:15 remaining to pull the Wildcats to 28-22.

Mississippi State chewed up 6 minutes of clock the ensuing next drive, but Kentucky had one final chance. The Wildcats methodically moved downfield until Maxwell Smith's fourth-down pass missed its target and Mississippi State escaped.

Mullen said the Bulldogs were fortunate to win considering there will several breakdowns on special teams -- including a missed field goal and botched punt that led to a Kentucky safety.

Kentucky pulled to 21-19 in the third quarter on Jojo Kemp's 14-yard touchdown run. Then in what proved to be a key moment, the Wildcats recovered an onside kick, only to have it disallowed because of an offsides penalty.

Mississippi State took advantage. A 74-yard drive ended on the halfback pass from Lewis to Prescott, who handed the ball off before leaking into the open field for the catch, touchdown and 28-19 lead.

Prescott, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound sophomore, completed 11 of 18 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, helping Mississippi State to a 21-10 halftime lead.

Prescott's first touchdown pass -- a 60-yard fling to a wide open Malcolm Johnson -- came after he danced out of the pocket while avoiding a sack. Kentucky's defense shifted forward because of Prescott's ability to run, and it gave Johnson time to slip behind the secondary undetected.

"What I saw tonight is what I see every day in practice, whether it's in the weight room, in practice or in a game," Lewis said. "He's going to go all out."

The Bulldogs had 296 total yards in the first half. Mississippi State started the game with the intention of using two quarterbacks, but Tyler Russell suffered a sprained ankle on his first series and never returned.

Kentucky's offense had a few good early moments -- especially on a 51-yard screen pass from Smith to Timmons that tied the game at 7 -- but the Wildcats became predictable because of their inability to throw downfield. Smith has dealt with pain in his throwing shoulder all season and wasn't close on most of his attempts to complete long passes.

Mississippi State safety Nickoe Whitley was ejected in the second quarter after earning two personal foul penalties over a span of four plays. The extra 30 yards greatly aided Kentucky on a drive that ended on a 45-yard field goal by Mansour.

Kentucky's Smith completed 18 of 33 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown. Backup Jalen Whitlow led one touchdown drive, but was hampered because of a previous ankle injury. Raymond Sanders had 86 yards rushing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UK
MSST
1st Downs2024
Total Yards325447
Passing165295
Rushing160152
Penalties4-408-82
3rd Down Conversions4-1810-18
4th Down Conversions4-51-3
Turnovers00
Possession26:0633:54

Passing Leaders

KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith18/341604.710
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Prescott23/342687.920

Rushing Leaders

KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders15865.7016
Kemp15634.2121
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Perkins12655.4035
Prescott16332.1015

Receiving Leaders

KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Timmons56913.8151
Aumiller4287.009
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson47919.8160
Lewis7537.6117

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUKMSST
TD11:28Malcolm Johnson 60 Yd Pass From Dak Prescott (Devon Bell Kick) 07
TD08:38Ryan Timmons 51 Yd Pass From Maxwell Smith (Joe Mansour Kick)
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77
TD06:34Jameon Lewis 19 Yd Run (Devon Bell Kick)
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714
SECOND QUARTERUKMSST
TD06:14Jameon Lewis 17 Yd Pass From Dak Prescott (Devon Bell Kick)
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721
FG00:31Joe Mansour 45 Yd
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1021
THIRD QUARTERUKMSST
SF05:26Ball Through End Zone
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1221
TD04:19Jojo Kemp 14 Yd Run (Joe Mansour Kick)
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1921
TD00:36Dak Prescott 17 Yd Pass From Jameon Lewis (Devon Bell Kick)
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1928
FOURTH QUARTERUKMSST
FG08:15Joe Mansour 44 Yd
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2228