April 2, 2013 5:46:45 AM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University football fans may get another look at not only the University of Tennessee at Martin program soon but become reunited with a highly touted former player.
The UTM athletic website announced with its schedule updating that on Nov. 8, 2014 the Skyhawks will travel to Davis Wade Stadium to play MSU as the Bulldogs opponent from the Football Championship Subdivision in that season.
The Skyhawks, which finished last season 8-3 which included a season-opening victory over FBS member University of Memphis and just missing the FCS playoffs, are coached by a former MSU student in Jason Simpson. However, that's not the homecoming MSU fans may be interested in.
UTM signed this winter quarterback Dylan Favre, a former MSU signee, as a junior college player after he played last season at Pearl River Community College. Favre, a high school All-American at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, signed with the Skyhawks on Dec. 19 after playing the 2012 season at PRCC. Favre completed 59 percent (191 of 323 with 15 interceptions) of his passes for Pearl River this past season for an 11th best 2,024 yards (224.9 per game) in school history. His 16 touchdown passes were ranked 10th best all-time and in addition, he rushed for 131 yards (71 carries) for two touchdowns.
"I'm thrilled to be with Tennessee-Martin and looking forward to getting on campus and getting to work," Favre said in a PRCC release on Jan. 3.
After playing in his true freshman season at MSU, Favre completed 13-of-25 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for two touchdowns in the 2011 season. However, days before the Music City Bowl, Favre announced in December 2011 that he'd be transferring from MSU due to a lack of playing time in future seasons with the Bulldogs progam.
"We wish him the best--he has our full support with everything," MSU coach Dan Mullen said. "He did a great job for us while he was here."
MSU, which finished last season with a Gator Bowl invite and a 8-5 final record, will open the 2014 campaign at the newly renovated Davis Wade Stadium against the University of Southern Mississippi while also playing the University of Alabama at Birmingham and then at the University of South Alabama, which is recently transitioning to FBS.
In the only matchup between MSU and UTM in 2011, the Bulldogs walked away with a 55-17 victory on Nov. 5 thanks to an early 35-3 lead with 13:15 left in the third quarter.
Here's what the 2014 and 2015 non-conference schedules will look like for Mississippi State:
Aug. 30 - vs. Southern Mississippi
Sept. 6 - vs. UAB
Sept. 20 - at South Alabama
Nov. 8 - vs. UT-Martin
Sept. 5 - at Southern Mississippi
Sept. 12 - vs. Louisiana Tech
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