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South Alabama defeats Mississippi State on missed field goal

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The first half was all Bulldogs. The second half was all Jaguars. Get that celebration in before somebody cuts your program.

NCAA Football: South Alabama at Mississippi State
South Alabama Jaguars defensive end Jaylan Daniels (4) celebrates after today’s 21-20 victory in Starkville.
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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....

Victory in regulation, 21-20, South Alabama.