OXFORD -- Cassanova McKinzy won the scramble for the ball and Auburn emerged from a playoff pileup to survive and advance. McKinzy recovered a fumble in the end zone to preserve the fourth-ranked Tigers' 35-31 victory against No. 7 Ole Miss on Saturday night in what amounted to the first College Football Playoff knockout game. That roller-coaster play proved to be the decisive blow.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen was right. Following No. 1 Mississippi State's 45-31 win against Kentucky a week ago, MSU's sixth-year coach praised his offense but predicted great things for his defense, saying "One of these games, it's going to be low scoring, and our defense is going to win the game for us."
STARKVILLE -- To Dak Prescott, it was far from a Heisman moment. To Fred Ross, it was a second chance. For Mississippi State's football team, it was a game-winner.
SCOOBA -- Adversity. The second-ranked East Mississippi Community College football team hadn't faced any this season. However, when the Lions found themselves in a struggle, it took the heart of a Lion to bail the team out.
STARKVILLE - Victoria Vivians gathered in the pass, took a deep breath and let a shot fly from the corner in the first half of Mississippi State's women's basketball maroon-white scrimmage Thursday night.
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STARKVILLE - Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen noticed it. So did Bulldogs' defensive coordinator Geoff Collins.
STARKVILLE -- "Inconsistent at best." That's how Mississippi State women's basketball Vic Schaefer described the shooting form of Dominique Dillingham in the 2013-14 season.
STARKVILLE -- It's easy to notice Beniquez Brown before the ball is snapped. Watch any defensive possession for the No. 1 Mississippi State football team and you'll see Brown, a redshirt sophomore linebacker from Florence, Alabama, clapping, yelling, and/or pointing before the offense snaps the ball.
When East Mississippi Community College football players report to the video room to break down Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C., it is safe to assume a big game has arrived.
STARKVILLE -- No member of Mississippi State's unbeaten football team gets a reaction quite like Josh Robinson.
From grade school to middle school to high school, Todd Mays always played quarterback.
STARKVILLE - An incredible season of firsts continues for Mississippi State's football program.
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STARKVILLE -- Technically, Kendra Grant's shooting form ranks with the best players in the Southeastern Conference.
STARKVILLE - Two days after helping No. 1 Mississippi State remain undefeated with a 45-31 road win at Kentucky, a pair of Bulldogs earned honors from the Southeastern Conference Monday night for their performances in Lexington.
STARKVILLE - When Mississippi State wrapped up its 45-31 victory over Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington, the Bulldogs walked off the field with a slice of school history in tow.
Ole Miss has no time to reflect on Saturday night's loss to LSU.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Alabama is a team with two different personalities. At home, the third-ranked Crimson Tide is as dominant as ever. On the road, Alabama's a bit more vulnerable. That pattern nearly ended Saturday when Alabama grabbed a 27-0 lead at Tennessee. Then Alabama (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) became too comfortable and allowed Tennessee (3-5, 0-4) to make a game of it before the Crimson Tide wrapped up a 34-20 victory.
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.
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