Nov 19, 2022; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; East Tennessee State Buccaneers quarterback Tyler Riddell (2) makes a pass against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the first quarter at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Will Rogers lifts Mississippi State in rout of East Tennessee State

Will Rogers tossed five touchdown passes as Mississippi State wrapped up its home schedule by walloping East Tennessee State 56-7 on Saturday afternoon in Starkville, Miss.

Rogers, who completed 30 of 37 passes for 301 yards, has 32 touchdowns on the season. The outing marked Rogers’ 29th occurrence of passing for at least 200 yards, tying Dak Prescott (2012-15) for the school record.

In relief, Chance Lovertich completed all six pass attempts for 36 yards with his team’s final score, a short pass to J.J. Jernighan.

The Bulldogs (7-4) concluded their 2022 home slate with a 6-1 mark — the only loss being last Saturday’s 45-19 debacle against top-ranked Georgia. It marked the first time they were victorious six times at home in a season since 2018.

East Tennessee State (3-8), an FCS program, broke up the shutout bid in the fourth quarter when Ja’Varius Harrison’s punt block was returned 39 yards by Erek Campbell.

Tyler Riddell completed 5 of 11 passes for 47 yards with two interceptions as the Buccaneers’ offense produced just 154 yards.

The Buccaneers looked to repeat 2021’s season-opening upset at Vanderbilt when they took down the Commodores 23-3 in Nashville. But they had no such luck Saturday while climbing the Southeastern Conference’s power ranks.

Rogers threw a pair of scoring strikes inside the game’s first 10 minutes, finding Lideatrick Griffin from 12 yards and Rara Thomas from 8 yards for a 14-0 lead. The second drive was set up by safety Jalen Green’s second interception this season.

In the second quarter, Rogers pitched a second short score to Griffin on a jet sweep at 12:51. A deflected interception and broken-field sprint by cornerback Emmanuel Forbes resulted in the junior’s 76-yard return.

Jo’quavious Marks’ 22-yard run made it 35-0. Earlier, the running back extended his streak to 34 games with a reception, one short of the school record set by Fred Ross from 2013-16.

After safety Jackie Matthews grabbed the Bulldogs’ third pick on the second half’s first series, Austin Williams caught Rogers’ fourth passing score, a 5-yard catch-and-run. Justin Robinson snared another touchdown toss by Rogers for a 49-0 lead.

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2022; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers (2) runs the ball against the Auburn Tigers during the first quarter at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Mississippi State seeks bounce-back win over Buccaneers

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are looking for a bounce-back win when they host East Tennessee State in a nonconference game on Saturday in Starkville Miss.

Leach’s team had a chance to make a statement against the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs on its home turf Saturday night, but Georgia’s all-around dominant play led to the game getting away from the home side in a 45-19 rout.

Mississippi State (6-4, 3-4 SEC) got a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown from Zavion Thomas to pull to within 17-12 at the half, but Georgia ran away in the second half to move to 10-0.

Quarterback Will Rogers, who went 29-of-51 passing for 263 yards and a touchdown, was very complimentary of Georgia.

“They have all five-star players. They’re pretty good on defense and coach Smart does a really good job,” Rogers said. “They had a really good scheme for what we were doing and it’s hard to finish drives on a good team.”

Rogers has gone 329-of-490 (67.1 percent) passing for an SEC-high 3,173 yards. He has tossed 27 touchdown passes and five interceptions.

During his stellar career in Leach’s “Air Raid” offense, Rogers has 9,614 yards of total offense — third-most in school history.

Dak Prescott (2012-15) tops the list with 11,897 yards, which ranks third in SEC history. Nick Fitzgerald’s 9,814 yards from 2015-18 is second.

East Tennessee State (3-7, 1-6 Southern) was No. 11 in the Football Championship Subdivision preseason rankings but has struggled this campaign after a strong 2021. The Buccaneers were 11-2 last year and upset Vanderbilt 23-3 to open the season.

First-year coach George Quarles pointed to that win in Nashville as being the hope for his team.

“They’re coming off a bad game Saturday night, so they’ll be looking to get that taste out of their mouth,” Quarles said of Mississippi State. “This will be a bigger stadium, better atmosphere. Those are fun games. It can certainly happen. You just have to have some things go your way.”

Senior running back Jacob Saylors has rushed for 1,271 yards on 212 carries (6.0 per carry) with 15 touchdowns in his second consecutive 1,000-yard season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA;  Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Decamerion Richardson (3) brings down Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver JoJo Earle (10) during the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

No. 6 Alabama bounces back from loss, trounces No. 24 Mississippi St.

Bryce Young threw two touchdown passes, Alabama’s defense was dominant, and the No. 6 Crimson Tide rebounded from its first loss with a 30-6 pounding of No. 24 Mississippi State on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Young completed 21 of 35 passes for 249 yards, with scoring tosses to JoJo Earle and Traeshon Holden. Jahmyr Gibbs ran for a score for Alabama (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference).

The defense bounced back after allowing 52 points and 567 yards last week to Tennessee by grounding the visitors’ “Air Raid” offense, allowing 293 total yards and a 1-yard touchdown run by Jo’quavious Marks on the game’s final play.

Mississippi State’s Will Rogers, who has five starts this season that produced at least 313 passing yards, went 30 of 60 for 231 yards but had trouble moving into the red zone.

The victory was the Crimson Tide’s 15th consecutive win over its West Division foe, which entered as a 21-point underdog.

In the first quarter, Young capitalized on a wild scramble, finding time to hit a wide-open Earle for a 31-yard score and a 7-0 lead with 3:57 left. The Crimson Tide ran just nine plays in the opening frame and had 90 yards of offense — just 1 yard rushing.

Following a targeting call and ejection of Bulldogs safety Jackie Matthews, Gibbs ripped off a 19-yard sprint off the right side to put Alabama up 14-0 on a three-play, 74-yard drive with 11:38 left in the first half.

Like he did on his first scoring pass, Young again found time by scrambling to his right and floating a pass that Holden secured for a 6-yard score and a three-touchdown lead just over three minutes later.

Will Reichard, who missed a late, tiebreaking field goal in the 52-49 loss to the Volunteers, drilled a 50-yard attempt to make it 24-0 with just under three minutes to go in the first half.

Late in the third quarter, Alabama took advantage of a short field on a muffed punt recovered by Jaylen Moody at the Mississippi State 17. Reichard finished the series with a 33-yard kick and later added a 38-yarder.

–Field Level Media

Kentucky   s Chris Rodriguez Jr. and Will Levis salute after his touchdown run against Mississippi State.Oct. 15, 2022

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No. 22 Kentucky rallies to topple No. 16 Mississippi State

Chris Rodriguez rushed for 196 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns on Saturday night as No. 22 Kentucky rallied from a third-quarter deficit to top No. 16 Mississippi State 27-17 in Lexington, Ky.

Rodriguez scored on a 16-yard run with 11:43 left in the game to give the Wildcats (5-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) a 20-10 advantage. After the Bulldogs (5-2, 2-2) pulled within three points on a 59-yard interception return by Emmanuel Forbes with 8:33 left, Rodriguez tacked on a 7-yard touchdown run at the 5:30 mark to seal the outcome.

Quarterback Will Levis played a solid game for Kentucky, aside from the pick-6. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 230 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown pass to Rahsaan Lewis in the third quarter that gave the Wildcats the lead for good at 13-10.

Will Rogers hit on 25 of 37 passes for 203 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Mississippi State. He flipped a 1-yard scoring strike to Austin Williams at the 8:28 mark of the third period for a 10-6 edge, but the Bulldogs managed just 225 total yards.

Mississippi State also hurt itself with 13 penalties for 109 yards and rushed for only 22 yards.

The first half was rife with mistakes from both sides. The teams combined for a whopping 16 penalties for 124 yards, with Kentucky drawing 10 of those markers. The Wildcats also lost a fumble and missed a field goal.

But Kentucky’s defense was able to exert enough pressure on Rogers to keep Mississippi State’s air attack under wraps. In the first half, the Bulldogs managed just 96 yards and eight first downs while possessing the ball for just 10:59.

Nevertheless, Mississippi State scored first when Massimo Biscardi converted a 48-yard field goal with 8:26 left in the first half, capping a drive that lasted just over 6 minutes, 31 seconds. However, Matt Ruffolo hit a 28-yard field goal with four seconds remaining, enabling Kentucky to forge a 3-3 tie.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2022; Starkville, Mississippi, USA;Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers (2) looks to pass against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the first quarter at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

No. 23 Mississippi State has easy time with Arkansas

Will Rogers threw three touchdown passes as No. 23 Mississippi State surged to its third straight win and second consecutive in the Southeastern Conference, drilling the Arkansas 40-17 on Saturday at Starkville, Miss.

Coming off last Saturday’s 42-24 thrashing of Texas A&M that vaulted them into the Top 25, the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1) sprung to a 21-0 first-half lead and were never threatened while dominating Arkansas (3-3, 1-3).

Rogers completed 31-of-48 passes for 395 yards. His three passing touchdowns to Jaden Walley, Austin Williams and Caleb Ducking boosted his total to 22 on the season.

Dillon Johnson rushed for a career-high 100 yards on 17 carries with two TDs. Jo’quavious Marks grabbed a career-best 11 receptions for 80 yards and ran in a score.

With top quarterback KJ Jefferson (head injury) unavailable, the Razorbacks started Cade Fortin but soon turned to Malik Hornsby.

Hornsby brought life to the offense, going 8 of 17 for 234 passing yards with a TD and two interceptions, while rushing eight times for a game-high 114 yards.

Arkansas’ Raheim Sanders had 20 carries for 86 yards with a TD, while Bryce Stephens had two receptions and a score.

Arkansas lost its third straight SEC game and was outgained 568-483 in total yardage.

The Bulldogs looked the part of a team on the rise, taking the opening drive 65 yards before Johnson bulled in from 1 yard out. On their next series, Mississippi State’s Walley caught a 5-yard TD that went through the hands of Arkansas defensive back Malik Chavis.

Mississippi State stretched its streak of consecutive TDs during red-zone visits to 13 on Williams’ diving catch just over the goal line for a three-TD lead.

Later in the quarter, Arkansas’ Cam Little had a 51-yard field goal. Hornsby’s 68-yard pass to Jadon Haselwood (three catches, 113 yards) set up Sanders’ short run to make it 21-10 just before halftime.

Rogers’ 33-yard lob to Ducking resulted in the receiver’s seventh TD and pushed the lead to 27-10 less than four minutes into the second half.

Hornsby answered by finding Stephens on a 54-yard deep ball for a score late in the third, but Arkansas sealed the victory when Johnson rumbled in from 30 yards in the third quarter and Marks scored in close in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Max Johnson (14) during the first quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 Texas A&M looks to extend rebound at Miss. State

No. 17 Texas A&M will look to extend its winning streak to three games and continue its climb back up the rankings Saturday when the Aggies visit Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss.

The Aggies (3-1, 1-0 SEC) followed a stunning 17-14 loss to Appalachian State on Sept. 10 with wins over then-No. 13 Miami and then-No. 10 Arkansas to remain in position for their first SEC West Division title since arriving from the Big 12 before the 2012 season.

Left unmentioned this week by Texas A&M will be next week’s showdown at No. 2 Alabama, which has won six of the last eight West Division titles.

“We are by far not close to where we need to be,” Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said after the Aggies’ 23-21 win over Arkansas on Saturday. “We beat two good football teams not playing our best football.”

Mississippi State (3-1, 0-1) entered the season looking to challenge, too, but the Bulldogs lost their margin for error in their conference opener, when they lost to LSU 31-16 on Sept. 17.

The Bulldogs bounced back to beat Bowling Green 45-14 last week. Last season, they knocked off the Aggies 26-22 in College Station, Texas.

“(Texas A&M has) big, lanky guys and they run well,” Mississippi State coach Mike Leach said. “Once they see the ball, they do a good job chasing the ball.”

Texas A&M quarterback Max Johnson has given the Aggies consistency at the position after taking over for Haynes King, who struggled mightily against Appalachian State.

Johnson, who transferred from LSU, where he started last season, completed 21 of 41 passes for 291 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions collectively in the wins over Miami and Arkansas.

Devon Achane rushed for 159 yards against Arkansas and will continue to power the ground game, but Johnson will be without the Aggies’ leading receiver.

Ainias Smith, who leads A&M in receptions (15), yards (291) and touchdowns (two), will miss the rest of the season after breaking his fibula against Arkansas.

Evan Stewart has 13 receptions for 141 yards and a score, but no other Aggie has more than five catches this season.

Texas A&M boasts the 10th-ranked passing defense (153.2 yards per game) in FBS. It will be tested by Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers, who is passing for 346.5 yards a game (second nationally), and his 16 touchdown passes are tied for first with North Carolina’s Drake Maye and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud.

“It’s going to come down to the secondary. We know we’re going to get the rush up front, and as a back end we have to execute,” Texas A&M defensive back Jaylon Jones said. “We know they like to throw the ball. They’re the Air Raid offense.”

Rogers threw for 409 yards and a school-record-tying six touchdown passes in a 45-14 win over Bowling Green on Saturday.

Five Bulldogs have caught at least 15 passes this season, led by Caleb Ducking’s 21 receptions for 258 yards and five touchdowns.

Dillon Johnson leads the rushing attack, averaging 6.5 yards on 36 carries.

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers (2) looks to pass against the Bowling Green Falcons during the first quarter at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Will Rogers throws six touchdowns in Miss. State’s win over Bowling Green

Will Rogers threw for 406 yards and six touchdowns as host Mississippi State routed Bowling Green, 45-14, in a nonconference game Saturday afternoon.

Rogers, who completed 38 of 49 passes and tied his school record for single-game touchdown throws, connected with five different receivers for scores as the Bulldogs (3-1) bounced back from a 31-16 loss at LSU in their SEC opener.

His most frequent target was Caleb Ducking, who finished with seven catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns. He had one touchdown pass each to Simeon Price, Jamire Calvin, Lideatrick Griffin and Jaden Walley.

Camden Orth, starting in place of Matt McDonald, completed 17 of 28 for 172 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for the Falcons (1-3).

Bowling Green head coach Scot Loeffler did not make the trip because of a “personal health matter,” according to the school. He is expected to return to the sideline for the game at Akron next Saturday.

Rogers threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Griffin on MSU’s first possession of the third quarter to increase the lead to 38-7 at the end of the period.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Orth threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Harold Fannin Jr. to trim the lead to 38-14.

Rogers answered on the ensuing possession with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Walley for a 45-14 lead, then was replaced during the next possession by Sawyer Robertson.

Rogers threw touchdown passes on the Bulldogs’ first two possessions — a 22-yarder to Ducking, followed by a 32-yarder to Price, who scored his first career touchdown.

Ben Raybon added a 53-yard field goal, one yard short of the school record, to increase the lead to 17-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Orth threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Borden, but Rogers and Ducking answered with a 26-yard score and Rogers connected with Calvin for a 2-yard touchdown to give MSU a 31-7 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Matt Corral (2) throws a pass against the Texas A&M Aggies during the first quarter at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Corral, Ole Miss meet Mississippi State in Egg Bowl

With plenty of credit to go around on his potentially record-setting Ole Miss football team, coach Lane Kiffin will turn to his main guy Thursday night in the regular season’s biggest game.

Kiffin will take that quarterback Matt Corral and the rest of the Rebels south to Starkville to play Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl, the state’s annual Thanksgiving matchup between the Southeastern Conference rivals.

Ole Miss (9-2, 5-2 SEC) is on the cusp of greatness as the season winds down, with a chance to post the highest regular-season win total in school history.

While the program owns seven career 10-win campaigns — most recently Hugh Freeze’s 10-3 showing in 2015 — all seven featured nine victories in the regular season and win No. 10 in a bowl game.

Kiffin said the Rebels simply would not be in the position they are without the junior signal-caller, who will enter the NFL draft next spring.

“I think I get a lot of credit for coming in here and what’s happened and the change and wins and losses and all that stuff — compared to where it was before,” Kiffin said. “I would argue that he deserves more credit than me for that as the head coach versus the quarterback.

“This guy is there when I’m not even in there — summer workouts. … I think he’s had a lot to do with changing the mindset of the people around here.”

Corral is 233 of 345 for 3,100 yards passing in a season that has vaulted him into the Heisman race.

He has thrown for 19 touchdowns, rushed for 10 and tossed just three interceptions.

Ole Miss owns a 63-46-6 advantage in the longstanding rivalry.

In Starkville, coach Mike Leach witnessed his squad shake off a slow start and start cruising through the air.

“We’re getting better,” Leach said. “We’re a different team than we were early in the season.”

The Bulldogs (7-4, 4-3) opened the season by rallying and holding off Louisiana Tech 35-34 at home.

They lost by a combined five points at Memphis and home against LSU — two winnable games the Bulldogs would love do-overs in.

However, they earned wins in five of the next seven, including an amazing comeback in a 43-34 upset at Auburn in which the Bulldogs reeled off 40 unanswered points.

No player in the nation has put up the numbers Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers has in his past nine outings.

The sophomore has eclipsed 300 passing yards in each contest — more than 400 yards in four of them — during the Bulldogs’ hot streak.

The Brandon, Miss., native is 435-for-572 for 4,113 yards with 34 TD passes and eight interceptions.

“I kind of grew up an Ole Miss fan with my dad going there, my sister went there, so yeah, tables have turned a little bit,” Rogers said. “It’s a huge game because you know what’s at stake.”

Top receiver Makai Polk is 109 yards short of a 1,000-yard season and has nine TDs.

Rebels running back Jerrion Ealy provided the week’s best-bulletin board material in the heated rivalry.

“You’re going to hate the sound of cowbells,” said Ealy, who leads Ole Miss with 643 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. “You’re probably going to hear cowbells for two weeks after the game.

“It’s Stinkville to me. It stinks there. I don’t like mud. It’s just so muddy. I don’t know. I just don’t like it.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Auburn, Alabama, USA;  Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers (2) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Mississippi State stuns No. 17 Auburn 43-34

Will Rogers fired six touchdown passes as Mississippi State scored 40 unanswered points to erase a 25-point first-half deficit, stunning No. 17 Auburn 43-34 on Saturday afternoon at Auburn, Ala.

With the Bulldogs (6-4, 4-3 SEC) trailing 28-3 late in the first half, Rogers led a school-record comeback, giving Mississippi State the lead for good with 13:28 remaining.

Mississippi State received two touchdown receptions from Makai Polk and Jamire Calvin, while Dillon Johnson and Malik Heath caught one TD each.

Rogers completed 17 straight passes at one point in the second half and finished 44 of 55 for 415 yards and no interceptions.

The outing was his eighth consecutive game with at least 300 yards and ninth this season. He had 294 yards in his only game where he didn’t reach at least 300 this season.

Tank Bigsby scored two rushing touchdowns for Auburn, while Ja’Varrarius Johnson had four catches, 102 yards for the Tigers, with a TD.

Luke Deal and Kobe Hudson notched TD receptions for Auburn (6-4, 3-3). Hudson had eight catches for 107 yards.

Bo Nix was 27 of 41 for 377 yards with two passing TDs but did not play on the final series.

Entering on a six-quarter stretch when the Tigers failed to reach paydirt, they found the end zone on their first four possessions in the game, with Bigsby scoring the first on a 5-yard run at 12:37 of the opening quarter.

After Nolan McCord’s 34-yard kick for the Bulldogs, Nix tossed a long lateral to Johnson, who cut inside and sprinted away on a 57-yard scoring jaunt at 4:26 for a 14-3 edge.

Auburn took a 21-3 lead in the second quarter when Nix found Deal cruising across the back of the end zone. Hudson made a spectacular one-handed catch in the corner with a defensive back draped on him for a 28-3 lead.

The Bulldogs halted the half’s onslaught with a 4-yard pass to Polk from Rogers, who completed 11 straight late in the half.

In the third, Rogers caught fire and tossed 3-yard scores to Calvin and Johnson – the latter capping a 98-yard drive – as the Bulldogs trailed 28-23.

After Cameron Young’s block of a 35-yard field, Rogers put the Bulldogs up 29-28 with his second TD to Polk, but they missed their second straight two-point conversion.

Rogers’ fifth score, a short pass to Calvin with 9:35 remaining, pushed the lead to 36-28.

The Bulldogs thwarted a fake punt with 8:30 left, and Malik Heath cught the final Rogers TD pass, a 6-yarder with 5:31 remaining.

Bigsby scored on a 1-yard run with 3:37 left, but Fred Peters intercepted Nix’s pass on the two-point conversion attempt.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs wide receiver Jaden Walley (11) catches a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter as Arkansas Razorbacks defensive back Jayden Johnson (8) looks on at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Dominique Johnson lifts Arkansas over No. 17 Mississippi State

Dominique Johnson rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 4-yarder with 21 seconds remaining, as host Arkansas defeated No. 17 Mississippi State 31-28 in a Southeastern Conference game Saturday.

KJ Jefferson, who passed for 191 yards and a touchdown, drove the Razorbacks (6-3, 2-3) 75 yards in 10 plays for the winning score after Will Rogers’ fourth touchdown pass of the game had given the Bulldogs (5-4, 3-3) the lead with 2:22 remaining.

Rogers, who completed 36 of 48 passes for 417 yards, drove Mississippi State into position for a tying field goal, but Nolan McCord, replacing Brandon Ruiz after Ruiz had missed both of his field-goal attempts, was wide left from 40 yards as time expired.

Mississippi State, which didn’t score until getting a touchdown on its final possession of the first half, made it two TD drives in a row after receiving the second-half kickoff.

Rogers threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Rara Thomas to give the Bulldogs their first lead, 14-13.

Cam Little made a career-long field goal for the second time in the game when he hit a 51-yarder to give the Razorbacks a 16-14 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Jefferson threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Treylon Burks to increase the lead to 23-14 early in the fourth quarter. But the Bulldogs answered on the ensuing possession as Rogers and Thomas teamed on a 37-yard touchdown pass with 11:41 remaining.

Little’s first career-long field goal came on a 46-yarder, and Dominique Johnson ran 1 yard for a touchdown to give the Razorbacks a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Bulldogs had an opportunity to score when they drove to the Arkansas 5, but they stalled and Ruiz missed a 23-yard field goal.

Little added a 48-yard field goal before Mississippi State finally scored on Rogers’ 3-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Walley with seven seconds left in the second quarter. That gave Arkansas a 13-7 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media