Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SEC Roundup: Top-Ranked Mississippi State Holds off Arkansas

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SEC Roundup: Top-Ranked Mississippi State Holds off Arkansas

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No. 1 Mississippi St. survives; A&M suspends QB, but wins

Dak Prescott threw for a career-high 331 yards and a touchdown to help No. 1 Mississippi State slip past Arkansas 17-10 on Saturday night.

Mississippi State (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference and No. 1 in the current playoff rankings) trailed until the third quarter and didn't take the lead until Prescott's 69-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Fred Ross made it 17-10 with 13:21 remaining.

"At halftime, we just had to relax," Prescott said. "We know we're a high-powered offense and that we're always only one play away from scoring."

Arkansas had two promising drives in the fourth quarter, but neither resulted in points. Will Redmond intercepted a pass in the end zone with 15 seconds left to end the Razorbacks' final chance.

The Razorbacks (4-5, 0-5) have lost 17 straight conference games dating to 2012.

It wasn't the prettiest game for Prescott who threw two interceptions but he made clutch throws during crucial moments in the second half. Josh Robinson caught six passes for a career-high 110 yards.

Arkansas' Brandon Allen completed 22 of 43 passes for 238 yards and the interception in the final seconds. Alex Collins had 93 yards rushing.

Mississippi State has won 11 straight games, the second-longest streak in the country behind Florida State.

"Our guys are finding ways to win," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. "That's all that matters."

Texas A&M 21, Louisiana-Monroe 16 * Freshman Kyle Allen threw for 106 yards and a TD in his first career start and Texas A&M (6-3) held on to win a nonconference contest at home vs. a foe that's now 3-5.

Allen, who had two turnovers, started in place of Kenny Hill, who was suspended for two games for violating team rules and athletics department polices. The suspension was announced about an hour before the game. Coach Kevin Sumlin wouldn't provide information on why Hill was suspended. …

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