UK @ MISS STATE | Prescott powers Bulldogs to 28-10 halftime lead

10/24/2015 07:43 PM

STARKVILLE, MS — Missed opportunities, missed assignments, and missed tackles plagued the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half as Mississippi State built a 28-13 halftime lead on Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium.

Bulldog quarterback Dak Prescott was nearly perfect through two quarters, finishing the half 16/20 passing for 287 total yards and four touchdowns — two on the ground, and two through the air.

On the bright side, Kentucky freshman cornerback Chris Westry picked off Prescott with 5:54 left in the second quarter, snapping a streak of 288 passing attempts without an interception that stretched back to last season.

The Wildcats jumped out to a first quarter lead for only the third time this season, scoring on a 1-yard quarterback sneak from Patrick Towles with 8:19 left in the first quarter. But Mississippi State responded on the next possession, driving 81 yards in 15 plays to score on a 1-yard Prescott touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7.

Towles finished the half 15/29 passing for 152 yards, one interception, and a rushing touchdown.

Trailing 14-10 late in the second quarter, Kentucky had a chance to cut the deficit to one, but head coach Mark Stoops called a timeout to negate a 49-yard field goal by Austin MacGinnis. MacGinnis missed on the second attempt after the called timeout, and Mississippi State drove 69 yards in just five plays to score on an 8-yard touchdown from Prescott to Brandon Holloway to go up 21-10.

After another touchdown run from Prescott, this time from 20 yards with 0:34 left in the half, Kentucky drove into field goal range in the final seconds, and MacGinnis connected from 48 yards to cut the deficit to 28-13 at intermission.

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