A cold Thursday night game with the students on Fall Break, against a team that hadn’t won a SEC game since 2011 and who MSU had beaten four straight times wasn’t not a good recipe for a raucous crowd and fired up football team. So that’s pretty much what we got. State narrowly escaped a team they were better than for the second consecutive game.
A couple of true freshman made their college debuts somewhat late in the season: Jamaal Clayborn and Artimus Samuel.
The second half offense continued to plague the Bulldogs. They were only able to get seven points in this one – a theme that kept repeating itself through the first 2/3 of the season.
Fortunately the defense was able to save the day by getting a stop at the end of the game, and MSU won 28-22. Big thanks to Kendrick Market who made a huge open field tackle on that defensive stand against a large running back barreling his way.
Chain of events:
- Nickoe Whitley might have been that final guy between UK and the endzone but he was ejected earlier for unsportsmanlike penalties.
- Now we know Whitley was injuries, and that probably contributed to him missing some plays like Jeremy Hill running for a 61 yard TD earlier in the month on a similar play – loading the box with the safety back in case of emergency
- If Nickoe hadn’t made a couple of bonehead decisions in the first half, does his injuries create a scenario where that tackle is not made, and Kentucky wins the game?
- If MSU loses this game, do they still muster enough to win the Arkansas game? The Egg Bowl? Is our final record 4-8 or even 3-9? Is Mullen still the coach if that happens??
I felt that after what we’d seen this year, Dan Mullen had to prove what he had in the final five games of the year to keep his job (he did).