Kentucky vs Mississippi State football 2021: updates and live scores
After falling to No. 1 Georgia two weeks ago, the 12th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (6-1, 4-1 in the SEC) have had an extra week to rest, heal their wounds and prepare. to end the rest of the season strong. It begins this week as the Cats, after a goodbye, travel to play against the Mississippi State Bulldogs – a team that had a start to the season with Jekyl and Hyde.
The Bulldogs looked more than formidable when they scored a 26-22 victory over No.14 Texas A&M on October 2. But that follows back-to-back losses to Memphis and a struggling LSU team. After the A&M victory, Mississippi St. got a week off, then quickly blew himself up 49-9 against the No.3 Alabama, to turn around and outman Vanderbilt 45-6 last Saturday.
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9:37 p.m. Kentucky Might Need A Little Miracle To Get This Out
At the end of the third quarter, the Wildcats are in the driver’s seat, but not before Will Levis’ third interception has given Mississippi State a three-point increase, 31-10. Britain still haven’t scored an offensive touchdown, and a wait call just before the last play of the third quarter pushed the Cats back almost to midfield.
9:21 p.m. Kentucky is now in fusion mode
A Chris Rodriguez fumble gave way to a Mississippi state touchdown. A big passing game set in, but the Bulldogs scored their third rushing touchdown of the night. Coming into the match, they only had four total touchdowns for the seas
9:09 p.m. Penalties point the head
Kentucky’s Yusuf Corker has played back-to-back games that he no doubt wishes he could recover. First, an abandoned interception would have ended the Bulldogs’ training in the red zone. Right after that he was flagged for a horse collar penalty. Right after that, it emerged Mississippi State had registered its third ground score of the night, but a detention penalty canceled it. Then a false start pushed the Bulldogs further. They had to settle for a 27-yard field goal from Brandon Ruiz to increase their lead to 17-10 in the 3rd quarter.
Confusing how gently Kentucky has played against runningâ¦ against a team that is less known for their racing prowess.
8:41 PM HALF: Mississippi State leads 14-10
The Bulldogs had surprising success in their running game which produced both of his first-half touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Kentucky offense stuttered, and with the exception of a 74-yard touchdown from Josh Ali on a punt return, the Wildcats would not have a touchdown under their belt.
The Bulldogs did a masterful job limiting Kentucky offensively, despite a hampered secondary.
Kentucky enters the locker room with less than 100 total yards. Levis missed Ali on a long pass just before the end of the second quarter which, if on the money, would likely have been a touchdown. Then he threw his second choice on the penultimate game of the first half.
8:18 p.m. Bulldogs at the top
It’s probably safe to assume that few thought that Mississippi State’s full touchdown count would come from the running game. But here we are. The Bulldogs have certainly done a good job adapting to the UK’s defensive approach.
8:04 PM Wide-ranging response from Mississippi State racing game ??
7:52 p.m. Kentucky extends lead
A solid practice ends with a 41-yard field goal from Matt Ruffolo that gives the UK a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.
7:44 p.m. End of the 1st quarter and the United Kingdom is rolling
Although the Wildcats lead 7-0 on the scoreboard at the end of the first quarter, offense was a little hard to come by, really for both teams. A failed placement by the Bulldogs keeps them out of the board, and LÃ©vis seems to be finding some rhythm. A touchdown early in the second quarter could be huge to cement the momentum. In addition, the earlier the UK scores, the better it is in their defense.
7:22 p.m. Welcome back, Josh Ali
So much has been done about Ali’s return to the Kentucky wide receiver corps. But he just showed his worth to the Wildcats special teams unit in the form of a 74-yard touchdown on a punt return on his first touch of the game. This is how we make a comeback.
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7:16 p.m. Big early loss for the Bulldogs
Martin Emerson, the flagship database for the state of Mississippi, was started for a one-shot targeting appeal on Wandale Robinson. Discuss it if you want. But in the next game, LÃ©vis throws a pickaxe.
7:01 PM Injury problems in the state of Mississippi?
A loss to an online starter can be huge for Kentucky and the Bulldogs for a number of reasons. The state of Mississippi probably needs all the help it can get in the face of a stingy Kentucky defense. It is not clear whether this is an injury issue or simply a staff change issue. But might be worth keeping an eye on
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Kentucky defeated writer Jon Hale provides information that could prove to be valuable if you’re trying to predict the outcome of the Wildcats in Starksville.
How to watch the game
Kentucky and Mississippi State kick off Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on the SEC network with Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rogers (analyst) and Cole Cubelic (sideline) on call.
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The game can also be streamed online through the WatchESPN app, and you can watch the radio broadcast with Tom Leach (play-by-play), Jeff Piecoro (analyst) and Dick Gabriel (sideline) at 840 AM in Louisville and the two 630 AM and 98.1 FM in Lexington or online at UKAthletics.com.
6:36 p.m. Josh Ali returns
Coaches and football players love the farewell weeks. Especially those who arrive in the middle of a season, like the one in Kentucky. And the return of super senior wide receiver Josh Ali is one of the reasons why. See Jon Hale’s perspective what Ali’s return could mean for the Wildcats.