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    Mississippi State Holds Off Kentucky


    By Carlen Dixon
    SEC Digital Network

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - On the backs of Jameon Lewis, Dak Prescott and a late defensive stand, Mississippi State (4-3, 1-2 SEC) beat Kentucky (1-6, 0-4) 28-22 in Starkville on a chilly Thursday night at Davis Wade Stadium.

    For the second time this season, Lewis scored three different ways, reaching the end zone by receiving, rushing and passing for a touchdown. The junior receiver had 53 yards on seven catches, 22 yards on a pair of rushes and 17 yards on his one pass, a touchdown to Prescott, the sophomore quarterback.

    Senior linebacker Deontae Skinner paced the Bulldogs with 11 tackles defensively, including six solo stops. He was followed by sophomore linebacker Benardrick McKinney, who notched 10 of his own.

    MSU travels to South Carolina next Saturday, Nov. 2, kicking off against the Gamecocks at 12:21 p.m. ET (11:21 a.m. CT) on SEC TV.

    Statistical Leaders

    Mississippi State

    Passing - Dak Prescott, 24-for-34, 268 yards, 2 TD
    Rushing - LaDarius Perkins, 12 car, 65 yards
    Receiving - Malcolm Johnson, 4 rec, 79 yards, TD


    Passing - Maxwell Smith, 18-for-34, 160 yards, TD
    Rushing - Raymond Sanders, 15 car, 86 yards
    Receiving - Ryan Timmons,  5 rec, 69 yards, TD

    Quick Notes

    • Mississippi State has now won five straight games over Kentucky, becoming the first team to ever win five games in a row in the series.
    • Dan Mullen is now 9-0 against Kentucky in his career, 4-0 as an assistant at Florida and now 5-0 as head coach at Mississippi State.
    • In five home games this year, the Bulldogs have now outscored their opponents by a total of 154-70.
    • Kentucky now leads the all-time series with MSU, 21-20.