Heading into overtime a couple of things had just happened to sour our chances of winning the game: Tyler Russell went down (with Dak unavailable) and Devon Bell missed yet another field goal to end our hopes of winning in regulation. Damian Williams came in for the first play of overtime, and with the help of two great blocks by Jameon Lewis and then Josh Robinson he scored on the first play with that 25 yard run.
After this play the defense made quick work of Arkansas with the game ending on a Taveze Calhoun interception. It marked the first win in MSU history in the state of Arkansas and kept our bowl chances alive.
Of course, this play would have never taken place if it hadn’t been for Nickoe Whitley’s strip of Alex Collins, and fumble recovery at the Mississippi State 9 yard line. At that point in the game, it was 17-17 with 5:22 left. Just a field goal would have likely won it, as the Bulldogs drove down the field on the ensuing drive but failed to score. This was the play of the game for sure, but perhaps the moment wasn’t a big as Williams’ run – only in retrospect can we appreciate the magnitude of Whitley’s forced turnover.