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Extra points: How Mississippi State beat Kentucky

Kentucky's Ryan Timmons broke through the Mississippi State defense for a touchdown in the first quarter. Timmons had five catches for 69 yards.
Kentucky's Ryan Timmons broke through the Mississippi State defense for a touchdown in the first quarter. Timmons had five catches for 69 yards. Lexington Herald-Leader

First half

Summary: On State's initial possession, Dak Prescott escaped two defenders and hit wide-open tight end Malcolm Johnson for a 60-yard TD. UK answered. Ryan Timmons took an inside screen 51 yards to the end zone. On the next play, State's LaDarius Perkins ran for 35 yards, and soon after, Jameon Lewis ran 19 yards to make it 14-7. Prescott's running got State going again, then he made it 21-7 with a 17-yard TD pass. A couple of personal fouls got Mississippi State's Nickoe Whitley tossed out of the game and set up a 45-yard field goal by Joe Mansour.

Halftime: Mississippi State 21, Kentucky 10.

Thumbs up: Raymond Sanders ran tough (64 yards) before cramping up early in the second quarter.

Thumbs down: Coming off a bye week, the UK defense started as if it thought it was off this week.

Worthy of a replay: Watching the shifty Timmons make it happen on the first TD.

Second half

Summary: The UK defense responded and got UK on the board. Bud DuPree and Za'Darius Smith had an 18-yard sack, then the State punter dropped the snap out of the end zone for a safety. With Maxwell Smith struggling at quarterback, UK went to Jalen Whitlow, and he provided a spark. A nice 14-yard TD run by JoJo Kemp made it 21-19. A successful UK onside kick was called back, and State gashed the UK defense, making it 28-19 on a pass back to Prescott. Smith came back, and a 44-yard Mansour kick made it 28-22 with 8:15 left. State ate up more than six minutes with third-and-long conversions. UK reached the State 29, but not could finish.

Final: Mississippi State 28, Kentucky 22.

Thumbs up: Landon Foster's punt to the 2-yard line helped set up a possible UK comeback.

Thumbs down: UK couldn't make plays when needed most — offense or defense.

Worthy of a replay: The look on Mark Stoops' face after the penalty call on the onside kick.

Talking points

■ Bud Dupree makes a huge difference on this UK defense.

■ What would have happened if UK had not been called offside on the onside kick when it was 21-19?

■ Watching Maxwell Smith throw is painful, especially when one remembers how promising he looked before injuries set in.

■ The TD run by Kemp was his first college score. More to come.

■ It's difficult to generate a lot of offense without a vertical passing game.

Numbers don't lie

■ Kentucky was 4-for-18 on third down; State was 10-for-18.

■ Timmons' 51-yard TD pass was UK's third-longest pass play of the year.

■ In its first two possessions, State averaged 14.7 yards a play.

■ Take out the 51-yard pass to Timmons (most of it by run) and Smith threw for 48 yards on 19 attempts in the first half.

■ There were no turnovers.

Looking ahead

Nov. 2: Alabama State (5-2) has won five in a row, scoring more than 40 points four times. It was not against opponents SEC teams should fear. UK needs this home win.

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