Prescott didn’t enter the game until the fourth quarter because of an injury to his non-throwing shoulder that caused him to miss the past two games. But the sophomore led the Bulldogs (6-6, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) to their tying drive in the fourth quarter and the game-winner in overtime.
Ole Miss’ overtime drive ended when Bo Wallace fumbled and Mississippi State’s Jamerson Love recovered in the end zone.
Mississippi State freshman Damian Williams, the third-string quarterback, made his first career start because of injuries to Prescott and Tyler Russell.
The Bulldogs are now bowl eligible for a fourth consecutive season, the longest streak in school history.
Ole Miss (7-5, 3-5) didn’t have an offensive touchdown, scoring only on a field goal and blocked punt in the end zone.
ALABAMA STATE 41,
In Montgomery, Ala., Jahaad Coleman rushed for touchdowns of 9 and 78 yards and Daniel Duhart passed for two more as Alabama State (8-4) scored the last 20 points in a come-from-behind victory over Division II Stillman (6-5) in the 90th annual Turkey Day Classic.
Alabama State cruised out 14-0 but a string of big plays helped Stillman put a scare into the Hornets. Stillman scored on a kickoff return, a fumble return, a 77-yard pass play and an interception return to grab the lead 28-21 early in the third quarter.
Dondre Purnell muffed the kickoff catch after Alabama State’s second TD, but managed to grab the ball for a 90 yard score. He hauled in a 77-yard pass three plays after halftime, and Greg Abrams returned a Duhart interception 33 yards for a 28-21 lead.
Duhart came right back with an 11-yard TD to Brandon Barnes and Alabama State marched away.
NEW RIVALRY: Located just 85 miles apart, South Florida and Central Florida have on paper always seemed like natural rivals.
But in four meetings between 2005 and 2008, the Knights could never break through with a victory.
Now as members of the same conference, Central Florida will be playing for more than its first victory in the series when the teams meet tonight.
With two victories over the final two weeks of the regular season, the No. 17 Knights (9-1, 6-0 American Athletic Conference) can wrap up not only the league title outright, but their first BCS berth.
The Knights are heavily favored this time around, but Knights coach George O’Leary understands why his players are shying away from the rivalry aspect this week. After all, there isn’t a single player on either side that was around for the last meeting in 2008.
“If you have a bunch of goals – some teams have eight, nine, 10 goals – I don’t know how you follow them,” O’Leary said. “We have one goal, and that’s to win the conference each year no matter what conference we’re playing in. As long as you keep sight on that goal, I don’t think it’s hard to get your kids ready to play, because they know what’s at stake, they know what they have to get done.”