ARLINGTON, Texas -- The salsa is back, and the New York Giants finally finished when the Dallas Cowboys failed to stop the clock in the final seconds.
Nick Weatherspoon is no stranger to the Mississippi State basketball program.
OXFORD -- The No. 19 Ole Miss football team got exactly what it needed Saturday in a relatively boring, lopsided victory. Playing just five days after an emotional loss to Florida State, quarterback Chad Kelly threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rebels to a 38-13 victory against Wofford of the Football Championship Subdivision level.
STARKVILLE -- Since he was 6 years old, Nick Fitzgerald dreamed of starting and winning a Southeastern Conference game. From the quarterback position, he could imagine himself leading his team to victory and his teammates mobbing him as the final seconds ticked off. Fitzgerald saw that dream come true Saturday night. In his second career start, Fitzgerald turned in a record-setting performance in the Mississippi State football team's 27-14 victory against South Carolina at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Richie Brown needed time to himself to go through his emotions last Sunday. The Mississippi State senior linebacker had to process losing the season opener South Alabama. It was something he never imagined was going to happen. The offense had its struggles, so did the defense. The defensive performance didn't sit well with Brown, and it challenged him, his teammates, and his coaches to do a better of job. As he thinks back on the 21-20 loss, it isn't all that bad.
STARKVILLE -- Jeffery Simmons finally got to make his collegiate debut. The Mississippi State football defensive lineman came under fire when a video surfaced of him striking a woman. Simmons pled no contest to simple assault and was found guilty of malicious mischief. The former Noxubee County High School standout was allowed to enroll at MSU and was assessed a one-game suspension.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jalen Hurts wasn't perfect in a rare start for a freshman Alabama quarterback, and neither was the Crimson Tide. They were more than good enough, though. Hurts passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns in the first start by a Tide freshman quarterback in 22 years to lead No. 1 Alabama to a 38-10 victory against Western Kentucky on Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Mallory Eubanks and Tanya de Souza like what the Mississippi State women's soccer team has accomplished through six games. While some might be surprised by the team's 4-2 start to the season, Eubanks, a junior forward, and de Souza, a junior goalkeeper, believe the results are a sign of bigger and better things to come for the Bulldogs. Eubanks and de Souza hope the next positive step comes at 7 tonight when MSU plays host to No. 25 Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams at the MSU Soccer Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen knows the importance of conference openers. In his previous seven seasons, Mullen is 2-5 in Southeastern Conference openers. The wins came in 2012 against Auburn and in 2014 against LSU. MSU finished 4-4 in 2012 and second in the SEC Western Division in 2014 with a 6-2 record. Mullen hopes his Bulldogs can duplicate the results of 2012 and 2014 at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2) when they play host to South Carolina (1-0, 1-0) in its SEC opener at Davis Wade Stadium. SEC Nation, SEC Network's on-campus pre-game show, will be live from the Junction at 9 a.m.
PERKINSTON -- De'Andre Johnson reminded everybody Thursday night he still knows how to play football. Johnson threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns as No, 12 EMCC knocked off No. 17 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 45-7 before a capacity crowd at A.L. May Stadium.
PERKINSTON -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore linebacker Diamante Pounds knew the moment his team's defense had seized control of the game. "It is like there is blood in the water and we are sharks getting ready to attack," Pounds said. "When we force one turnover, it is easy to get another. We just start feeding off that. You can tell when the other team is beaten down." No. 12 EMCC held No. 17 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. to 168 yards and forced four turnovers Thursday night en route to a 45-7 victory before a capacity crowd at A.L. May Stadium.
Perry Orth is feeling a little more pressure this week. The South Carolina senior quarterback kept receiving videos from his mother, Anna, last Saturday. Anna was in Starkville to watch South Alabama beat Mississippi state 21-20 at Davis Wade Stadium. Perry's younger brother, Evan, is a backup quarterback for the Jaguars.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Damien Harris was the answer to the second-biggest question facing Alabama's backfield on opening week: Who's the starting tailback? While most of the focus was on the top-ranked Crimson Tide's quarterback competition, Harris grabbed the edge in the battle of former five-star runners vying to replace Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry.
The No. 19 Ole Miss football team doesn't have much time to sulk after its marquee Labor Day matchup against Florida State didn't go the way it had hoped. The 19th-ranked Rebels didn't return to campus until 4 a.m. on Tuesday and then had to quickly begin preparation for its home opener on Saturday against Wofford.
Alex Warren knew she wasn't done.
STARKVILLE -- As Leo Lewis thinks about his collegiate debut, he is surprised with how well he played.
STARKVILLE -- After a first half filled with offensive highs, the Mississippi State football team couldn't replicate that in the second half.
STARKVILLE -- As Fred Ross let the question sink in, he let out a breath and shook his head.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen isn't hitting the panic button after a season-opening loss to South Alabama. MSU entered its game against South Alabama as a four-touchdown favorite. The Bulldogs built a 17-0 lead only to see the Jaguars rally and then escape Davis Wade Stadium with a 21-20 victory after Westin Graves missed a 28-yard field goal in the final seconds.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Deondre Francois was a little concerned after his first couple of drives Monday night. Things weren't going the way Florida State's redshirt freshman quarterback had hoped. Some critical passes floated high, some fell short, and the fourth-ranked Seminoles trailed No. 11 Ole Miss by 22 points before the end of the first quarter.
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