Oct 24, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs tight end Artimas Samuel (85) catches the ball during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State Bulldogs win the game against Kentucky Wildcats 28-22. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Season Rewind: Kentucky Game

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:

  1. Nickoe Whitley might have been that final guy between UK and the endzone but he was ejected earlier for unsportsmanlike penalties.
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. 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??


Game Review

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).



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