It wasn’t pretty, but the Mississippi St. Bulldogs defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 28-21. Mississippi State didn’t lead until the final minute of the fourth quarter.
The game got off to a bad start for the Bulldogs, and the team almost didn’t recover. After a three and out on the Razorbacks’ opening drive, the punt would hit Cameron Dantzler’s head and Arkansas would recover in Mississippi State territory. The Razorbacks would score three plays later.
On Mississippi State’s second possession from their own 5, Nick Gibson fumbled the football and Arkansas recovered in the end zone for a touchdown and went up 14-0. It was an awful start to an awful game for the Bulldogs.
Things finally started to go in a positive direction for Mississippi State when they scored 14 unanswered points in the second quarter. The Bulldogs had the ball to start the second half and looked to finally be rolling on offense.
But then the game got weird again. Mississippi State had a touchdown pass in the end zone on 4th and 5 that Jordan Thomas couldn’t reel in. On the ensuing Arkansas drive, a Razorback fumble was kicked down to the Mississippi State one yard line where Arkansas would recover. Two plays later, Arkansas scored to put the Razorbacks up 21-14.
But the fourth quarter is where things turned for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs would score the tying touchdown on a beautiful 36 yard pass to Reggie Todd. And then the game got weird yet again.
With about three minutes to play, Arkansas had the ball close to midfield and fourth down and short. Instead of punting or running the football, Bret Bielema opted to go deep and it was incomplete.
Mississippi State would take over on downs and march the length of the field. With less than 20 seconds to play, Nick Fitzgerald would hit Deddrick Thomas in the end zone for the game winning score. And that led to this celebration by Deddrick Thomas.
Do we know what this is? Not entirely.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 18, 2017
Is it an awesome celebration? Yes. pic.twitter.com/mp8gGa35us
Mississippi State moves to 8-3 on the season with just the Egg Bowl remaining in the regular season. The game will be played in Starkville on Thanksgiving night at 6:30. The game will be televised by ESPN>