Mississippi State got off to a fast start and didn’t let up as the Bulldogs rolled to a 45-14 victory over Bowling Green at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday. MSU scored 14 points in the first 4 minutes of the game, led 17-0 after the 1st quarter and controlled things from there.
Bulldog quarterback Will Rogers tied his own single-game school record with 6 touchdown passes, and 5 different State targets caught at least one scoring toss to pace the Bulldog offense. Caleb Ducking led the way for MSU receivers as he caught 7 passes for 96 yards and 2 scores. Simeon Price, Lideatrick Griffin, Jamire Calvin and Jaden Walley also found the end zone on passes from Rogers. In all, 13 different Bulldogs caught passes with eight of those racking up 20 or more yards.
Dillon Johnson led State on the ground, rushing for 57 yards. Included in that total was a 40-yard run that stands as a career long, as well as the longest rush of the head coach Mike Leach era at Mississippi State.
Defensively, Nathaniel Watson paced MSU with a team-best 10 tackles, including a sack. Overall, the Bulldog defense allowed just 251 yards of offense to the Falcons.
Miss State now prepares to get back to SEC play, as the Bulldogs will host Texas A&M on Saturday, October 1st. Kickoff at Davis Wade Stadium is set for 3 PM and will be televised by The SEC Network.
Mississippi State head football coach Mike Leach met with the media following the game to recap the win and preview next week’s bout with TAMU. Video is courtesy of Hail State Athletics.