HOUSTON - The Bulldogs'
disappointing end to last season rolled over into this year.
Mississippi State (0-1) fell 21-3
in a showcase at Reliant Stadium to 13th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys (1-0) in
the 2013 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game.
Mississippi State lost its top four receivers from a year ago - a season
it went 1-5 in the final six games - and the offense was scarce
OSU's offensive output bested the
Bulldogs by nearly 100 yards, 432-333.
The Bulldogs struck first with
sophomore Devon Bell nailing a 40-yard field goal on the first drive of the
game, but they struggled for points thereafter.
MSU forced five punts in the
first half, however, the Bulldogs could not capitalize on offense. They drove
into OSU territory twice, but with those drives ended with an interception and
a turnover on downs.
OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh scored
on a 3-yard keeper to give the Cowboys a 7-3 lead with a little more than two
minutes remaining in the first half.
The Bulldogs quickly had a chance
to score and possibly take the lead but fell just yards short.
The Cowboys drove to the
Bulldogs' 32 and set up for a 49-yard field goal with just seconds left. Nickoe
Whitley blocked the kick, allowing Taveze Calhoun to return the ball. But he
was stopped at the 9-yardline as the final seconds of the half closed.
On the Cowboys' first drive of
the second half, running back Jeremy Smith punched in from one yard out to give
Oklahoma State a 14-3 lead.
Smith struck again for a 20-yard
score early in the fourth quarter.
Tyler Russell led the passing
attack for MSU, going 10-for-16 for 133 yards, while senior LaDarius Perkins
and sophomore Josh Robinson led the way on the ground with 50 and 48 yards
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