Austin MacGinnis hits game winning field goal, Kentucky beats Mississippi State 40-38

10/23/2016 01:04 AM

Austin MacGinnis was the hero for Kentucky tonight, hitting a 51-yard field goal as time expired to give Kentucky a 40-38 win over Mississippi State.

The Wildcats improve to 4-3 on the season and are now in sole possession of second place in the SEC East.

It was a back and forth scoring affair, with seven lead changes throughout the game.

Kentucky was led by the two-headed rushing attack of Benny Snell and Boom Williams. Snell had 129 yards and one touchdown and Williams had 102 yards on 7.1 yards per carry. The Wildcats totaled 262 yards on the ground.

The passing game came back to life tonight. Despite struggles from Stephen Johnson at times, he threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jeff Badet. Badet had 139 receiving yards on the night. The Wildcat offense totaled 554 yards.

Kentucky’s defense limited Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald throughout most of the night, except for when it mattered the most. Fitzgerald threw a go ahead touchdown to wide receiver Fred Ross with 1:09 left in the game, giving the Bulldogs a 38-37 lead. That, of course, ended up giving Austin MacGinnis the chance to nail his 51-yard field goal.

Kentucky will get back to work on Monday as they prepare to face Missouri next Saturday. The Tigers dropped to 2-5 this afternoon after losing to Middle Tennessee 51-45.

We’ll have more on KSTV Monday.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton Abernathy is the producer for KSTV. A recent graduate from the University of Kentucky with a degree in journalism, Clayton covered UK sports throughout his four year college career for various radio and television stations, including an internship with KSTV last summer. He is passionate about UK sports, and loves to apply that passion to his work every day. He loves to eat, run, explore nature, jam with his buddies, and play basketball and golf on the weekends. You can follow Clayton on Twitter @Abernathy_cn2.

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