NCAAF Game Recap - Mississippi State at Louisiana-Lafayette
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Aug 31, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Mississippi State (1-0)

7

14

7

10

38

Louisiana-Lafayette (0-1)

7

7

0

14

28

Stevens leads Miss State past Louisiana Lafayette 38-28
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:11 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Tommy Stevens had to wait a long time for his first start as a college quarterback.

But the wait was worth it.

Stevens passed for two touchdowns and ran for one as Mississippi State defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 38-28 on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The former Penn State backup who learned from Bulldogs' second-year coach Joe Moorhead when Moorhead was the Nittany Lions' offensive coordinator, completed 20 of 30 passes for 236 yards. He had passes of 31 yards to Osirus Mitchell on the game's first possession and 12 yard to Austin Williams early in the fourth quarter to complete a 21-0 run.

"I texted Tommy last night," Moorhead said. "I told him this is the opportunity you've worked your whole life for. Go out, play loose and have fun.

"I thought it was a good positive step for the rest of the season."

Kylin Hill rushed 27 times for 197 yards and a touchdown and Stevens had a 4-yard touchdown run that broke a 14-all tie with 31 seconds left in the first half.

"I think he's one of the premier backs in the conference and the country," Moorhead said. "He showed that today."

The Bulldogs finished with 261 yards rushing and 236 yards passing.

"We did what we wanted to do offensively," Moorhead said. "We showed balance with the run and the pass."

Levi Lewis ran for one touchdown and passed for another for the Ragin' Cajuns. He threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Nick Ralston in the second quarter and ran 1 yard for a touchdown with 9:56 left in the game.

Lewis completed 24 off 39 for 267 yards.

Elijah Mitchell added a 3-yard, first-quarter touchdown run and Trey Ragas' 17-yard touchdown run capped a 99-yard drive for the Cajuns with 2:45 left.

MSU, which defeated ULL 56-10 last season in Starkville, Mississippi, added a clinching 37-yard field goal from Jordan Lawless with 1:43 left.

"Anybody who looked at us last season and looked at this game would see there's no doubt we've made significant improvement," Cajuns second-year coach Billy Napier said. "We kept getting up off the matt. We were tough - physically tough and mentally tough.

"The area that gave us trouble is we were sloppy at times. The old adage that the first rule is don't beat yourself applied. But we had a good SEC West opponent on the ropes."

THE TAKEAWAY

Mississippi State: An adequate though sloppy start for a team that won eight games and went to a bowl game last season.

Louisiana-Lafayette: Self-inflicted wounds prevented the Cajuns from having a more competitive effort. Five turnovers - three fumbles and two interceptions - limited ULL's opportunities in a game it never led.

STATE SUSPENSIONS

Mississippi State announced before the game that seven players, including thee starters, were suspended for the opener "due to a violation of team rules."

The starters were DT Lee Autry, LB Willie Gay Jr. and K Jace Christmann. Jordan Lawless, who was listed as a co-starter with Christmann, missed a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter but kicked a 37-yarder with 1:02 left in the game.

The other suspended players were listed as second team on the two-deep: WR Devonta Jason, OL Kwatrivous Johnson, S Marcus Murphy and OL Michael Story.

CAJUNS TURNOVERS

ULL hurt itself significantly by losing three fumbles and throwing two interceptions. It finished minus-3 in turnovers as MSU lost two fumbles.

UP NEXT

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs play their home opener against Southern Mississippi on Saturday.

Louisiana-Lafayette: The Cajuns play a true home game when they host Liberty on Saturday.

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Passing

MisSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Stevens 30 20 66.7 2 236 31 0 112.6
ULLaf Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
L. Lewis 39 24 61.5 1 267 32 1 79.8

Rushing

MisSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Hill 27 197 7.3 20 1
T. Stevens 11 37 3.4 14 1
ULLaf Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Calais 8 80 10.0 26 0
T. Ragas 9 63 7.0 17 1

Receiving

MisSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
O. Mitchell 6 88 14.7 31 1
A. Williams 3 43 14.3 28 1
ULLaf Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Bell 8 113 14.1 22 0
J. Bradley 6 93 15.5 32 0

Fumbles

MisSt F FL
T. Stevens 1 1
ULLaf F FL
T. Ragas 1 1
L. Lewis 2 2

Returning

MisSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
I. Zuber 2 18.0 0 22 0 - 0 0
M. Dear 0 - 0 0 2 20.0 0 40
ULLaf KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Smith 3 22.7 0 30 0 - 0 0
J. Bradley 2 19.0 0 23 0 - 0 0

Punting

MisSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Day 2 80 40.0 42
ULLaf Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Byrns 3 133 44.3 46

Takeaways

MisSt Int Yds InTD
C. Dantzler 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

MisSt ULLaf
Points For 38 28
Total Yards 497 430
Rushing Yards 261 163
Passing Yards 236 267
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/30 24/40
Turnovers 2 4
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 3/3
First Downs 29 27
Penalties - Yards 5/40 6/45
Time Of Possession 37:37 16:16
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/9 4/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/2
Punts - Average Yards 2/40 3/44

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter MisSt ULLaf
MisSt 2:33 TD Osirus Mitchell 31 yd pass from Tommy Stevens (Jordan Lawless kick) 7 0
ULLaf 11:43 TD Elijah Mitchell 3 yd run (Stevie Artigue kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter MisSt ULLaf
MisSt 5:42 TD Nick Gibson 8 yd run (Jordan Lawless kick) 14 7
ULLaf 10:29 TD Nick Ralston 11 yd pass from Levi Lewis (Stevie Artigue kick) 14 14
MisSt 14:29 TD Tommy Stevens 4 yd run (Jordan Lawless kick) 21 14
3rd Quarter MisSt ULLaf
MisSt 7:53 TD Kylin Hill 5 yd run (Jordan Lawless kick) 28 14
4th Quarter MisSt ULLaf
MisSt 1:53 TD Austin Williams 12 yd pass from Tommy Stevens (Jordan Lawless kick) 35 14
ULLaf 5:04 TD Levi Lewis 1 yd run (Stevie Artigue kick) 35 21
ULLaf 12:15 TD Trey Ragas 17 yd run (Stevie Artigue kick) 35 28
MisSt 13:58 FG Jordan Lawless 37 yd FG 38 28

Game Information

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance: 22,440
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