Looks like we picked the wrong week to quit smokin’.
After Appalachian State’s close game on Thursday, and Houston’s awe-inspiring performance today, the lesson for the Power Five teams is clear— do not sleep on your Group of Five opponent, and ESPECIALLY do not sleep on your #FunBelt opponent.
Unranked Mississippi State rolled out to an early lead against the relative upstart Jaguars, scoring once in the first quarter and twice in the 2nd, to take a 17-0 lead into the half. That’s game, right? Surely if we just change the channel or look in another browser tab, we can check the cricket scores....
With 10:13 left in the 3rd quarter, South Alabama’s awesomely named Dallas Davis connected with Josh Magee for a 20-yard touchdown pass, capping an 8-play, 75-yard drive down the field.
If you’re an MSU fan, you’re not worried at this point, as this was an impressive catch into double-coverage, but it’s JUST a Sun Belt team, so...
The Bulldogs responded with a field goal a mere four minutes of game-time later, and they would not score again. Two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter put USA up 21-20 headed into the closing minutes, and even at this point, Bulldog fans were not worried.
MSU lined up for a field goal with 0:06 left on the clock....
I'm guessing that's not the "clang" State fans wanted to hear.— Ben Ingram (@IngramRadio) September 3, 2016
One of life's certainties: Clanga gonna clang. Of all the Mississippi States in the world, that was the Mississippi Stateiest.— Libby Crews (@libbycrews) September 3, 2016
CLANGA just lost on a CLANG— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) September 3, 2016
Victory in regulation, 21-20, South Alabama.