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Miss State falls in back-and-forth battle with KSU

1625 days ago
Mississippi State Athletics

STARKVILLE - A pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns by Kansas State was difficult to overcome for Mississippi State as the Bulldogs dropped a 31-24 decision on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium.

State (2-1) had its non-conference regular season winning streak come to a close at 12 consecutive games.

For the third time this season, Kylin Hill amassed over 100 yards on the ground. He tallied 111 yards on 24 carries as the Bulldogs outrushed Kansas State, 201-146. The junior running back become the first MSU back since Keefer McGee in 1996 to secure three consecutive 100-yard rushing games to start a season and surpassed 1,500 career rushing yards.

Tommy Stevens found Osirus Mitchell from 35 yards out with nine seconds remaining in the first half to bring the Bulldogs within 17-14 before the half. With the touchdown reception, Mitchell became the first MSU player with a receiving touchdown in each of the first three games of a season since Chad Bumphis in 2012.

Kansas State's Jordon Brown struck on a seven-yard rush early in the second quarter which accounted for the first rushing touchdown by an opponent at Davis Wade Stadium in 15 quarters.

Leo Lewis paced the defense with career-high 12 tackles, while Eroll Thompson and Jaquarius Landrews followed with nine a piece. The nine stops for Landrews also marked a career-best.

MSU concludes its current three-game homestand next Saturday, Sept. 21, by welcoming Kentucky. The Wildcats were 2-0 heading into their SEC opener versus Florida Saturday night.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET at Davis Wade Stadium. The game will be televised by SEC Network or SEC Network Alternate as well as through the ESPN app.