Starkville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Jameon Lewis hauled in a touchdown,
rushed for another, and also threw for a score to lead Mississippi State to a
28-22 victory over Kentucky on Thursday at Davis Wade Stadium.
Lewis caught seven passes for 53 yards and rushed for 22 yards on two carries
while adding a 17-yard scoring strike to quarterback Dak Prescott, who
finished 23-of-34 passing for 268 yards and two touchdowns.
Malcolm Johnson caught Prescott's other touchdown pass and finished with a
game-high 79 receiving yards for the Bulldogs (4-3, 1-2 SEC), who have won
consecutive games for the first time this season.
Maxwell Smith completed 18-of-34 passes for 160 yards and a score for the
Wildcats (1-6, 0-4), who have lost five straight games.
Prescott put the Bulldogs on top less than four minutes in when he bought time
in the pocket and rolled right before finding Johnson all alone down the field
for a 60-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Smith answered less than three minutes later, as he flipped a screen out to
the right for Ryan Timmons, who sliced through the Mississippi State defense
en route to a 51-yard score that made it 7-7 with 8:38 left in the first.
LaDarius Perkins broke free for 35 yards on the first play of the Bulldogs'
ensuing drive before Lewis capped the 75-yard trek five plays later with a 19-
yard TD run to give Mississippi State a 14-7 lead.
After Joe Mansour missed a 47-yard field goal early in the second, the
Bulldogs extended their cushion midway through the frame with a 10-play
sequence that Prescott extended with an 8-yard pickup on 4th-and-2 from the
Three plays later, Prescott found Lewis for a 17-yard touchdown that made it
21-7 with 6:14 left in the half.
Mansour connected on a 45-yard field goal late in the second to send the
Wildcats into the break facing a 21-10 deficit.
Kentucky cut into the margin midway through the third when Bulldogs punter
Devon Bell had a snap go through his hands and out of the back of the end zone
for a safety.
The Wildcats ensuing possession started at the Kentucky 48 and five plays
later, Jojo Kemp found room down the left sideline before extending the ball
across the goal line for a 14-yard score that made it 21-19 with 4:19 left in
Kentucky then tried an onside kick that the team recovered, but Daron Blaylock
was whistled for offside to negate the recovery.
Mississippi State made Kentucky pay for the penalty, as the Bulldogs found the
end zone shortly after to create some breathing room.
After a defensive pass interference call set Mississippi State up with a 1st-
and-10 from the Kentucky 17, Lewis came in motion from the left side and took
a handoff before stopping on a dime and throwing back to his left for
Prescott, who hauled in the 17-yard score to make it 28-19 late in the third.
Mansour made a 44-yard field goal midway through the fourth to bring Kentucky
within six, but Mississippi State chewed up over six minutes off the game
clock on its ensuing possession.
However, on 4th-and-9 from the Kentucky 33, Prescott was sacked for a 9-yard
loss, giving the Wildcats possession with 2:08 remaining.
Raymond Sanders kept Kentucky's final drive alive with a 6-yard pickup on 4th-
and-1 from the Bulldogs' 49, but on 4th-and-7 four plays later, Smith threw
incomplete over the middle to end Kentucky's comeback bid.
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