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No. 18 MSU routs Stephen F. Austin

 

Brett Hudson

 

 

STARKVILLE -- The first play of the Joe Moorhead era was a screen pass from Keytaon Thompson to Kylin Hill. 

 

The play was intended to set up another one, but the former Columbus High School standout took the pass for a 53-yard touchdown. 

 

The scoring never stopped. 

 

The No. 18 Mississippi State football team racked up 400 yards in the first half and scored five touchdowns en route to a 63-6 victory against Stephen F. Austin in the season opener for both teams at Davis Wade Stadium. 

 

Thompson, who started for Nick Fitzgerald (suspended for a violation of team rules), completed passes to nine receivers in the first half. He found wide receiver Osirus Mitchell for an 84-yard strike -- on the first play of a possession -- then used a shoestring grab from wide receiver Austin Williams to keep a drive alive for a 27-yard scrambling throw to running back Aeris Williams for a third score. 

 

Tight end Dontea Jones joined the scoring party with a leaping, one-handed catch near the end of the second quarter. 

 

Stephen F. Austin never made a concerted run after MSU's first-half surge thanks to a defense that had 17 tackles for a loss. 

 

Hill had nine carries for 50 yards. The 53-yard touchdown was his only catch. Mitchell led all receivers with two catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns. 

 

Thompson was 13-for-31 for 364 yards and five touchdowns. His two rushing touchdowns helped him tie a MSU and Southeastern Conference record for seven touchdowns responsible for in a game. He ran 10 times for 109 yards. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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