From the opening kickoff to the final whistle, Saturday night was a special one for the folks wearing Maroon and White as the Mississippi State Bulldogs completely dominated the visiting Kentucky Wildcats by a score of 31-17. Mississippi State came out with fist flying, and Kentucky didn’t have an answer. It’s as simple as that. Tonight, Mississippi State wanted it more, and it showed.
For the first time in a long time, Mark Stoops and Kentucky looked lost and outcoached. Which, is completely uncalled for, considering the Wildcats came to Starkville following a bye week after an impressive showing in Athens.
However, you have to give credit where credit is due to Mississippi State who, completely dominated the Wildcats on the front line on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Mississippi State forced Kentucky out of their comfort zone by taking away the running game early and forcing Kentucky to solely depend on the downfield passing game to survive, which was eventually the downfall of the Wildcats tonight.
Also, that Mississippi State crowd played a huge role tonight as they left the Kentucky offensive unit rattled and unable to hear the calls from the sideline due to the sheer noise of the cowbells. There’s just something about the Cowbells and the effect they have on opposing teams who travel to Davis Wade Stadium that make traveling to Starkville all that much more difficult to handle.
Overall, Mississippi earned themselves one heck of a win on Saturday night over the Kentucky Wildcats. As the season progresses for the Bulldogs, it will be the type of win that they will be able to point to as a program and say, that was the night Mississippi State football needed to take a gigantic step towards a brighter future under Head Coach Mike Leach.
Mississippi State will return to action next Saturday as they travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to take on the Razorbacks.
For Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats, there’s no time to wallow around in self-pity. The Wildcats face a massive home next Saturday as they welcome the Tennessee Volunteers to Kroger Field.