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Kansas State Wildcats vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Preview and Predictions 09-14-2019


A pair of impressive wins and a strong start from the new quarterback pushed Mississippi State into the Top 25 for the first time this season. The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs will try to prove they belong when they face their stiffest challenge of the nonconference slate when Kansas State visits on Saturday.



Mississippi State was a regular in the Top 25 the past few seasons but started on the outside in 2019 before voters got a look at graduate transfer Tommy Stevens running coach Joe Moorhead's offense and putting up 38 points in back-to-back victories over Louisiana and Southern Miss. "We want to be a team that is balanced, and can run and pass with people (and have) effectiveness," Moorhead told reporters. "Hopefully the last two games you've seen kind of a snapshot of what we want to be. If teams take the run away, we are able to throw it, and if teams take a throw away, we are able to run it." Kansas State has been a fixture in the Top 25 for years and could find its way back quickly after a pair of dominating victories to start the season. "You win two games pretty handily, you better not fall in love with yourself and keep striving to get better in all phases: offense, defense and special teams," Wildcats coach Chris Klieman told reporters. "We have to just go back to work and continue to stack up each day."

TV: Noon, ET. ESPN. LINE: Mississippi State -7.5.

ABOUT KANSAS STATE (2-0): The Wildcats are in their first season under Klieman after the retirement of school icon Bill Snyder but are not taking any steps back on the field after beating Nicholls and Bowling Green by a combined score of 101-14. Kansas State piled up a total of 694 rushing yards in those two contests with senior running back James Gilbert (218 yards and three touchdowns) and quarterback Skylar Thompson helping to give the defense plenty of breathing room. "As a defensive player, I love to see what's going on," defensive tackle Trey Dishon told reporters. "Skylar's getting the boys right, (we) just gotta worry about our side of the ball. They're doing what they need to be doing."

ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE (2-0): Stevens threw a pair of touchdown passes in last week's 38-15 triumph over Southern Miss before leaving with an upper-body injury and is questionable for Saturday. Running back Kylin Hill took over more responsibility on offense with Stevens out, pushing his totals to 320 yards and two TDs through two games, and is prepared for a bigger role if Stevens is limited. "It never excites you to see your teammate go down," Hill told reporters. "Tommy is a hard-working guy, but I had to step up to the plate. I had to do what I had to do to get the win."

EXTRA POINTS

1. Kansas State is the first Power 5 nonconference opponent to play in Starkville, Miss. since 2009.

2. Bulldogs DE Marquiss Spencer forced a fumble in each of the first two games.

3. The Wildcats posted more than 500 yards of total offense in back-to-back games for the first time since 2003.

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Davis Wade Stadium
Starkville, Mississippi, USA.
Capacity: 61,000

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Last Injuries

Mississippi State Bulldogs

  • Alec Murphy

    Undisclosed
    out for season | out

    Murphy is dealing with an unspecified injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

  • Dareuan Parker

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Parker sat out the previous contest due to a knee injury, and it is uncertain if he will play against Kentucky on Saturday.

  • Allen Love

    Eligibility
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Love has missed the last three contests while dealing with an eligibility issue, and it is unknown if the NCAA will clear him in time for the matchup against Kentucky on Saturday.

  • Willie Gay Jr.

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Gay Jr. if nursing a right leg injury, and it is undetermined if he will be in Saturday's lineup versus Kentucky.

  • Nick Gibson

    Lower Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Gibson has a lower-body injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up against Kentucky on Saturday.

  • Cameron Dantzler

    Lower Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Dantzler missed the last game with a lower-body injury. It is unclear if he will play against Kentucky on Saturday.

  • Darryl Williams

    Lower Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Williams did not play in the previous game due to a lower-body injury, and it is unclear if he will be available Saturday against Kentucky.

  • Evans Wilkerson

    Lower Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Wilkerson sat out the previous game with a lower-body injury, and his availability is unknown for Saturday's contest versus Kentucky.

Kansas State Wildcats

  • Walter Neil Jr.

    Shoulder
    Ques Sept 28 | questionable

    Neil Jr. missed the last game due to a shoulder injury, and it is uncertain if he will take part in the contest Sept. 28 against Oklahoma State.

  • Wyatt Hubert

    Upper Body
    Ques Sept 28 | questionable

    Hubert sat out the previous game due to an upper-body injury, leaving his status against Oklahoma State on Sept. 28 uncertain.

mississippi-state-bulldogs-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Tommy Stevens 3 0 155.535 0 55 36 2 0 0 5 441
Garrett Shrader 2 0 92.383 0 23 11 0 0 0 0 122
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Kylin Hill 3 0 431 0 65 2
Garrett Shrader 2 0 98 0 19 1
Nick Gibson 2 0 58 0 7 2
Lee Witherspoon 2 0 44 0 10 1
Tommy Stevens 3 0 42 0 24 2
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Osirus Mitchell 3 0 208 0 13 0 3
Stephen Guidry 2 0 68 0 7 0 1
Deddrick Thomas 3 0 63 0 5 0 0
Austin Williams 2 0 56 0 4 0 1
Kylin Hill 3 0 49 0 5 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Jaquarius Landrews 3 0 16 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Brian Cole II 3 0 12 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 17 6
C.J. Morgan 3 0 12 7 0 0 1 9 1 0 0 1
Erroll Thompson 3 0 11 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cameron Dantzler 2 0 8 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Jace Christmann 2 0 2 3 47 8 8
Jordan Lawless 1 0 1 2 37 5 5
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Brian Cole II 3 0 2 0 18 35
Isaiah Zuber 2 0 2 0 22 36
JaVonta Payton 3 0 2 0 24 40
Deddrick Thomas 3 0 1 0 14 14
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Taury Dixon 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Tommy Stevens 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Austin Williams 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Garrett Shrader 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kylin Hill 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Lee Witherspoon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Nick Gibson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Malik Dear 3 0 4 0 40 49
Taury Dixon 1 0 1 0 0 0

kansas-state-wildcats-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Nick Ast 2 0 178.400 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 28
Skylar Thompson 3 0 169.857 0 53 36 0 0 0 4 486
John Holcombe II 2 0 58.533 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 9
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
James Gilbert 3 0 277 0 43 3
Jordon Brown 3 0 154 0 20 3
Harry Trotter 3 0 97 0 24 2
Skylar Thompson 3 0 64 0 10 2
Tyler Burns 3 0 64 0 11 1
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Malik Knowles 3 0 137 0 9 0 2
Dalton Schoen 3 0 127 0 7 0 2
Chabastin Taylor 2 0 55 0 5 0 0
Landry Weber 2 0 43 0 3 0 0
Jordon Brown 3 0 38 0 3 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Da'Quan Patton 3 0 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Denzel Goolsby 3 0 6 9 0 0 1 16 1 0 0 1
Elijah Sullivan 3 0 6 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
Jahron McPherson 3 0 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Wayne Jones 2 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Blake Lynch 3 0 2 3 35 18 18
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Malik Knowles 3 0 4 0 100 151
Phillip Brooks 3 0 3 0 44 87
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
John Holcombe II 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Phillip Brooks 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Dalton Schoen 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Devin Anctil 2 0 0 365 0 61 8 0 0
Harry Trotter 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
James Gilbert 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Joe Ervin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Phillip Brooks 3 0 5 0 52 54
Seth Porter 2 0 2 0 8 7
Jordon Brown 3 0 1 0 0 0