COLLEGE STATION, Texas (WCBI Sports/MSU Athletics) - In the last game of a road stretch before returning home, Mississippi State (4-5, 1-4 SEC) tried its best to keep up with the Texas A&M offense, but just couldn’t quite do it, falling by a 51-41 score to the 15th-ranked Aggies (8-2, 4-2) Saturday afternoon.
Tyler Russell started the game at quarterback for MSU, but Dak Prescott entered on the third drive and played the majority of the game for the Bulldogs, racking up over 100 rushing yards (154) for the fourth time this season. He accounted for 303 yards of total offense in the game including two touchdown passes.
The Aggie defense mostly held junior receiver Jameon Lewis in check, but the multi-purpose threat threw his third touchdown of the season, a trick play with sophomore Joe Morrow on the receiving end of the score.
True freshman De’Runnya Wilson was the star of the receiving group, hauling in a career-high seven catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.
Josh Robinson and LaDarius Perkins each added TDs on the ground for State, Robinson amassing 73 yards rushing.
Junior corner Jamerson Love had a career day defensively, intercepting Heisman-winner Johnny Manziel twice (two of three picks that State had on the day), though the defense had a tough time holding the A&M quarterback in check much of the afternoon.
MSU returns home next week, hosting top-ranked Alabama at either 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2 or 6:45 p.m. CT on ESPN. The official game time will be announced by Sunday.