OXFORD -- Coaches cringe when they lose players with "franchise" labels. That's how Ole Miss women's basketball coach Matt Insell refers to Valencia McFarland, a do-it-all point guard who paced the Rebels for the past four seasons. McFarland, a second-team All-Southeastern Conference performer and honorable mention All-American, finished her career as the program's sixth all-time leading scorer with more than 1,600 points. She also led the team in steals for four seasons, and was one of four players in program history to score more than 1,000 points and hand out more than 400 assists.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen admits he didn't give his best halftime speech Saturday before his team went on to defeat Kentucky 45-31 at Commonwealth Stadium. Then again, he didn't have to.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Bo Wallace isn't about to dwell on his first game-losing throw of the season. Even amid the din that persisted in LSU's Death Valley long after the Tigers' victory-sealing interception, Ole Miss' gun-slinging quarterback was calm, clear, and succinct in declaring the Rebels' resolve.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Lane Kiffin figured out a winning strategy for his return to Knoxville. Throw the ball to Amari Cooper early and often. Cooper caught nine passes, scored two touchdowns and set a school game record with 224 yards receiving to help No. 4 Alabama beat Tennessee 34-20 on Saturday night for its eighth-consecutive victory in the series.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mississippi State defensive lineman Kaleb Eulls thought he had overrun the play. He was wrong. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound starting defensive tackle stopped his momentum late in the second quarter and reached up with one arm to bring down Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles for the Bulldogs' first sack of the day. MSU delivered six more in the 45-31 victory to move from fourth in the Southeastern Conference in sacks to first with 28 in seven games.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The game was over, but Mississippi State tailback Josh Robinson had a message for his coach. Standing in the victory formation, MSU quarterback Dak Prescott prepared to take the Bulldogs' final snap to secure a rugged 45-31 victory against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday night. To Prescott's left was Robinson, who frantically gestured in the direction of MSU coach Dan Mullen and held up two fingers. Minutes after MSU's victory, its 10th straight and seventh in a row to open the season, Robinson was asked about his signals to Mullen.
Mississippi State-Kentucky By the Numbers
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Bo Wallace was on the cusp of prolonging No. 3 Ole Miss' bid for an unbeaten season until LSU safety Ronald Martin got in the way. Wallace's pass was intercepted by Martin at the 1-yard line with two seconds left, and the Rebels fell 10-7 to the 24th-ranked Tigers on Saturday night.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban delivered a challenge to Alabama's offensive linemen before the game against Texas A&M. The group was coming off a demoralizing performance against Arkansas when it played without injured center Ryan Kelly and couldn't open many holes for the running backs and allowed a couple of sacks.
Five for Inside for Mississippi State-Kentucky
STARKVILLE -- Over a wild, remarkable four-week stretch earlier this season, Mississippi State's football team earned its first No. 1 ranking. Now the Bulldogs will defend their place in The Associated Press Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll (USA Today).
WEST POINT -- The names have changed. The faces have changed. But the production hasn't, which is why the West Point High School football team's offense keeps rolling.
Statistics might not tell the whole story about how good No. 3 Ole Miss' defense has been this season. But it's a good place to start. The Rebels (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) are giving up 10.6 points per game this season, which leads the Football Bowl Subdivision. Their 15 interceptions are tied for the national lead. The group has a knack for big plays, too, scoring almost as many defensive touchdowns (four) as the six they've allowed.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College played nine regular-season football game this season. The top-ranked Lions won all of them.
STARKVILLE - Success can change a man.
WEST POINT - On Tuesday, Mississippi State's nationally ranked women's golf team turned its Old Waverly Invitational into a runaway, firing a team score of 277 to stretch its lead to 22 strokes over a field of 13 teams.
STARKVILLE -- Entering his third season as Mississippi State's men's basketball coach, Rick Ray hopes this year's newcomers help MSU end its postseason drought. The group includes sharp-shooting guard Maurice Dunlap, a freshman from Greenwood; 6-foot-9 post player Oliver Black, of Jackson Wingfield High School; and junior college transfer Travis Daniels and redshirt freshman Fallou Ndoye, who were on campus a year ago but will take the court for the first time as Bulldogs this season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team didn't miss a beat. Three weeks ago, minutes before No. 12 MSU was to face No. 6 Texas A&M, Dan Mullen learned senior wide receiver Jameon Lewis, one of MSU's most explosive and versatile offensive weapons, would miss the game with a lower leg injury. Seven days later, Lewis, who entered the season as the SEC's leading returning receiver, would miss his second-straight game, this one a showdown against No. 2 Auburn. Enter Gabe Myles.
WEST POINT -- After the second day of the Bulldog Invitational at Old Waverly Golf Course, Mississippi State's women's golf team holds a 22-stroke lead over the competition, more than quadrupling the five-stroke lead it held at the end of day one. As a team, MSU shot 11 strokes under par Tuesday to move to -14 under for the tournament. Memphis is in second place at +8, with South Florida and Florida International tied for third at +10.
Mississippi State's Offensive Keys vs. Kentucky
1. Quarterback Clark sets tone for Noxubee County football team HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Stallings plays key roles on two sides for Tigers HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Phillips, MSU seniors prepare for final game Thursday COLLEGE SPORTS