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Mississippi State hands No. 12 Kentucky second straight loss

The Wildcats (6-2, 4-2) return to Lexington to host Tennessee on November 6.
Mississippi State running back Dillon Johnson (23) celebrates a nine-yard touchdown run against...
Mississippi State running back Dillon Johnson (23) celebrates a nine-yard touchdown run against Kentucky during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)(Rogelio V. Solis | AP)
Published: Oct. 30, 2021 at 10:27 PM EDT
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STARKVILLE, Miss. (WKYT) - After trailing 10-0 in the second quarter, Mississippi State rattled off 31 unanswered points and beat No. 12 Kentucky 31-17 Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium.

Bulldog quarterback Will Rogers finished 36/39 for 344 yards and a touchdown. The Bulldogs have now won ten of the last thirteen games against the Wildcats.

The Wildcats (6-2, 4-2) return to Lexington to host Tennessee on November 6.

Josh Ali returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead after the first quarter. Matt Ruffolo drilled a 41-yard field goal to open up a 10-0 lead for Kentucky.

Mississippi State ended the first half with two rushing touchdowns to take a 14-10 lead at halftime.

Kentucky quarterback Will Levis threw three interceptions, Chris Rodriguez fumbled again and the Bulldogs capitalized to open up a 31-10 lead late in the third quarter. Levis hit DeMarcus Harris for a 17-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 31-17 in the fourth.

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