Mississippi State holds on to beat Kentucky, 28-22
By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Dak Prescott threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a 17-yard touchdown pass to lead Mississippi State past Kentucky, 28-22 on Thursday night.
Prescott completed a career-high 23 of 34 passes and also rushed for 33 yards. Jameon Lewis had a 19-yard touchdown run, caught a 17-yard scoring pass and also threw the 17-yard touchdown to Prescott on a trick play.
Mississippi State (4-3, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) beat Kentucky (1-6, 0-4) for a fifth straight season.
"Very frustrating. It's getting old," UK coach Mark Stoops said on his postgame radio show by IMG Sports. "Our guys, we need to do a better job. We need to coach better, we need to play better. We need to execute in critical moments in games."
It's the second time this season Lewis has had rushing, receiving and passing touchdowns in a game.
Kentucky's Joe Mansour made a 44-yard field goal with 8:15 remaining to pull the Wildcats to 28-22, but the Wildcats could get no closer. On the ensuing kickoff, UK excecuted what appeared to be a perfect onside kick, which was recovered by Javess Blue. But instead of getting possession in MSU territory, UK was flagged for offsides on the kickoff.
Stoops was incensed, but said there were other problems in the game for UK. With the offense struggling, Stoops said he put some pressure on injured quarterback Jalen Whitlow to give it a go in the second half.
Still, he said on his radio show, the offensive problems are difficult for coaches to swallow.
"We're just as frustrated as fans. We want to throw the ball, we want to be exciting," Stoops said. "We just can't do it very well right now. (Offensive coordinator) Neal (Brown) is really working to find creative ways to run the ball and throw it. It's frustrating, and nobody is more frustrated than Neal.
Kentucky's final drive was stopped at Mississippi State's 29 when Maxwell Smith's fourth- down pass fell incomplete.
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