STARKVILLE, Miss. – Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes, added three Tebow-style TD runs, and No. 12 Mississippi State overwhelmed No. 6 Texas A&M 48-31 on Saturday as a new contender emerged in the SEC West.
The Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) jumped out to a 28-7 lead in the first half and never let Kenny Hill and the high-scoring Aggies (5-1, 2-1) get close enough to threaten the lead - or quiet the Bulldogs fans and their clanging cowbells at Davis Wade Stadium.
Hill threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns, but was picked off three times by linebacker Richie Brown, who matched a school record.
Prescott first plowed into the end zone for two short TDs and pretty much sealed the deal for the Bulldogs with an 11-yard quarterback draw to make it 48-17 in the fourth quarter. The junior finished 19 for 25 for 264 yards and ran for 77 yards.
No. 6 Texas A&M at Mississippi State + Davis-Wade Stadium + Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
ABOUT THE GAME ...
• The Aggies fell to 5-1 and 2-1 in Southeastern Conference play.
• The loss evened the overall series between the Aggies and Bulldogs at 4-4.
• It was Mississippi State’s first victory over Texas A&M since the Aggies joined the SEC.
• It was just the third road loss of the Kevin Sumlin era at Texas A&M (since 2012). The Aggies are now 13-3 away from Kyle Field under Sumlin.
• A&M fell to 6-7 against Associated Press Top 25 opponents under Sumlin. All seven of Sumlin’s career losses at Texas A&M have come against ranked teams.
• Redshirt freshman WR Kyrion Parker made his playing debut and grabbed the first catch of his career against the Bulldogs (14-yarder). He became the 17th Aggie with at least one catch in 2014.
• Redshirt freshman WR Ricky Seals-Jones had a career-high 10 catches (for 72 yards).
• Sophomore WR Boone Niederhofer made the first start of his career in place of senior WR Malcome Kennedy. Neiderhofer set a career-high in catches with eight (for 69 yards).
• True freshman Speedy Noil hauled in a career high two receiving touchdowns on just three catches for 50 yards.
• True freshman DE Myles Garrett took sole possession of the Aggies’ freshman record for QB sacks in season. His first-quarter sack improved his season total of 6.5 to push him ahead of Sam Adams (5.5 in 1991)and Damontre Moore (5.5 in 2011).
• Already the team leader in TD catches, sophomore transfer Josh Reynolds grabbed his sixth of the season to culminate the Aggies’ first drive of the game. Reynolds tacked on a second touchdown in the fourth quarter, giving seven on the season.
• A&M had a trio of receivers with seven or more catches on the day (Seals-Jones 10, Neiderhofer 8, Reynolds 7), it was the first time this season the Aggies accomplished the feat. The last time the Aggies had three receivers with seven or more catches was Nov. 24, 2012 against Missouri (W, 59-29; Mike Evans 8, Ryan Swope 7, Kennedy 7)
• Sophomore QB Kenny Hill became the second player in school history to reach the 2,000-yard plateau in total offense in the sixth game of a season. Two-time All-SEC quarterback Johnny Manziel did it the past two seasons.
• Making his first start of 2014 was senior OG Jarvis Harrison. It was the 32nd start of his career.
• The Aggies scored a touchdown on their initial offensive series of the game. It marked the fifth time in six games that the Aggies have scored on their opening drive, including four touchdowns.
• The Aggies have scored first in every game in 2014. During the Kevin Sumlin era (since 2012), the Aggies have scored first in 29-of-32 games.
• The fourth quarter TD by MSU QB Dak Prescott after the interception was the first fourth-quarter TD allowed by the Texas A&M defense in 2014.
Game Captains, 12th Man
• Game captains were seniors Deshazor Everett and Malcome Kennedy and juniors Julien Obioha and Drew Kaser. The Bulldogs won the toss and deferred their choice to the second half.
• Junior Sam Moeller was the Aggies’ 12th Man for the 19th straight game.