STARKVILLE, Miss out on. — Kylin Hill rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns to direct Mississippi Condition to a 28-13 victory over Kentucky on Saturday.
Mississippi Condition (three-one, one- SEC) handed the ball to Hill, the Southeastern Conference’s primary rusher 26 instances in the sport, having some of the offensive stress off freshman quarterback Garrett Schrader who began in location of wounded senior Tommy Stevens, a Penn Condition transfer.
“He was a grown man out there,” Kentucky mentor Mark Stoops claimed. “You can see a great player there, with a great desire to make some tough runs. That’s a very good football player.”
Shrader, who performed the total 2nd 50 percent previous 7 days, was yet another offensive emphasize, throwing for 180 yards and speeding for 125 yards in his very first complete sport controlling the offense.
“I don’t know that there’s too many freshman quarterbacks around the country playing like that,” Mississippi Condition mentor Joe Moorhead claimed.
Kentucky (two-two, -two SEC) experienced 386 yards of complete offense but discovered the conclusion zone only after on a Kavosiey Smoke two-lawn operate in the 3rd quarter. Mississippi Condition persistently disappointed Stoops’ crew late in drives, and the Wildcats could change on only two of their 4 industry-target makes an attempt.
“You’ve just got to find a way to win,” Stoops claimed. “And getting behind and not punching it in when we’re moving the ball, and not getting scores in the red zone and missing kicks and things of that nature is not a good recipe right now.”
The protection established the tone early. On the game’s opening generate linebacker Willie Homosexual Jr. intercepted Sawyer Smith and returned the ball 53 yards for a landing. Homosexual and a number of other defensive starters have been suspended for significantly of the period because of to a violation of crew regulations thought to be linked to an educational dishonesty scandal that carries NCAA-mandated suspensions.
“Getting in a hole really hurt us,” Stoops claimed. “We were doing a nice job of moving the ball and keeping them off balance, then obviously the pick-six in an environment like this just gives them a chance to explode. Then you feel like you’re playing catch-up the rest of the first half. The rest of the entire game, really.”
Homosexual was afterwards ejected for acquiring his 2nd unsportsmanlike carry out penalty.
“I love Willie,” Moorhead claimed. “I think Willie is one of top linebackers in country. He’s big, he’s fast, he’s strong and he’s passionate. Sometime that passion is a little misguided, maybe, but he’s a guy who loves Mississippi State, loves this team and this defense. I wish we had a hundred Willies.”
Hill punched in two touchdowns in the 2nd quarter and Mississippi Condition led 21-three at the 50 percent. The Bulldogs included Hill’s one-lawn scoring operate in the fourth quarter.
Smith was 15-of-41 passing for 232 yards to direct Kentucky. Asim Rose rushed for 105 yards on carries and Lynn Bowden experienced a sport-significant 7 catches for 127 yards.
Mississippi Condition: With a complete enhance of defensive expertise and a speedily-strengthening freshman quarterback, the Bulldogs appeared like a entirely various crew than the a single who missing at property previous 7 days to Kansas Condition.
Kentucky: The Wildcats have weapons sufficient to shift the ball downfield, but penalties and inadequate go safety stymied a range of promising drives.
Mississippi Condition: The Bulldogs check out No. eight Auburn on the Plains, the place it has missing 4 of the teams’ previous 5 conferences.
Kentucky: The Wildcats journey to engage in South Carolina however seeking for their very first convention gain.