NCAAF Game Recap - Abilene Christian at Mississippi State
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:30 PM EST

Ark
20
LSU
56
F
PSU
17
OHSt
28
F
TxAM
13
UGA
19
F
WCU
3
Ala
66
F
Oreg
28
AzSt
31
F
Utah
35
Ariz
7
F
TCU
24
Okla
28
F
Minn
38
NW
22
F
Mich
39
Ind
14
F
Tex
10
Bayl
24
F
Purd
24
Wisc
45
F
BC
7
ND
40
F
Sam
0
Aub
52
F
Temp
13
Cin
15
F
Mem
49
SoFL
10
F
Ill
10
Iowa
19
F
Boise
56
UtSt
21
F
SMU
28
Navy
35
F
OkSt
20
WVU
13
F
TxSt
13
App
35
F
Pitt
0
VaTec
28
F
E Mi
45
NIU
17
F
Ohio
66
BGSU
24
F
Akr
17
MiaOH
20
F
Toled
30
Buff
49
F
NCSt
26
GATec
28
F
ColSt
7
Wyo
17
F
Ball
38
Kent
41
F
UCF
34
Tul
31
F
ECU
31
UConn
24
F
Kans
31
IASt
41
F
Lib
27
UVA
55
F
MSU
27
Rut
0
F
BYU
56
UMass
24
F
SoAl
15
GASt
28
F
AF
44
NM
22
F
GaSo
33
ArkSt
38
F
UCLA
35
USC
52
F
ETenn
0
Vand
38
F
LaTec
14
UAB
20
F
W Ky
28
SMiss
10
F
NorTx
14
Rice
20
F
Mer
7
UNC
56
F
Neb
54
MD
7
F
UT-M
7
KY
50
F
Marsh
13
Char
24
F
SJSU
35
UNLV
38
F
Cal
24
Stan
20
F
UTEP
35
NMSt
44
F
Syr
34
Lou
56
F
OD
17
MidTN
38
F
CoCar
42
ULMon
45
F
Troy
3
ULLaf
53
F
FlAtl
40
UTSA
26
F
K St
30
TxTch
27
F
MiaFL
24
FLInt
30
F
Hou
24
Tuls
14
F
Tenn
24
Mizzu
20
F
Abil
7
MisSt
45
F
Duke
27
Wake
39
F
OreSt
53
WaSt
54
F
Wash
14
Colo
20
F
Nev
35
Fres
28
F
SDSU
11
Hawaii
14
F

Mississippi State 45, Abilene Christian 7

Nov 23, 2019, 7:30 PM EST

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Mississippi State (5-6)

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Stevens leads Mississippi State over Abilene Christian 45-7
Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:39 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State got a rare late-season break from SEC play on Saturday and took advantage of the opportunity.

Tommy Stevens had two touchdown passes and ran for another as Mississippi State defeated Abilene Christian 45-7 on Saturday.

Stevens had 165 yards passing and 88 yards rushing in the Bulldogs' final nonconference outing of the season. Kylin Hill added 153 yards rushing and had 88 yards receiving and a touchdown for Mississippi State (5-6).

The Bulldogs rolled up 577 yards of offense and had 372 yards rushing.

"We did some good things in the run game and our defense held them to seven points," said Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead. "But at the end of the day I was pleased with the win and we're ready to move forward with Egg Bowl week. We needed to execute in all three phases and have a sense of urgency and we saw that at times."

Hill averaged 9.6 yards per carry against Abilene Christian and his 88-yard touchdown reception was the longest of his career. For the season the junior tailback has now rushed for 1,325 yards, which leads the SEC.

"I've changed my running style and you have to change it up when they stack the box," said Hill. "I can't make too many moves and I have to be decisive."

Luke Anthony was 25-of-38 passing for 255 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Abilene Christian.

Mississippi State jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the opening 20 minutes thanks to a pair of Stevens' touchdowns passes. The Bulldogs got on the board first with a 4-yard scoring run by Nick Gibson. However, the Bulldogs' offense sputtered for most of the first quarter and Mississippi State punted on the first two offensive series.

Stevens had an 11-yard scoring toss to Deddrick Thomas and an 88-yard touchdown pass to Hill in the second quarter.

"I was seeing red because we were not executing at a high level," said Moorhead. "There were some things on those first two drive where we need to play with more precision. We needed to block better and find the guy that was open and catch it. We started that in the second half with more tempo and it was more of a matter of execution than anything."

In the second half, Mississippi State quarterback Garrett Shrader ran for a touchdown and threw for another. The freshman was 3-of-3 passing for 40 yards and added 65 yards rushing.

Abilene Christian's lone touchdown of the game came on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Anthony to Tracy James in the second quarter. The Wildcats finished with 282 yards of offense and had just 27 yards rushing on 28 attempts. Anthony also threw two interceptions and was sacked four times.

THE TAKEAWAY

Abilene Christian: The Wildcats finished up their third season under head coach Adam Dorrell. After a 2-9 season in Dorrell's debut season in 2017, Abilene Christian has won 11 games since the start of the 2018 season.

Mississippi State: It was the Bulldogs' final tune-up for the Egg Bowl and there's a lot riding on the Thanksgiving rivalry matchup. The Bulldogs need a win to gain bowl eligibility and to get a postseason invite for the 10th straight season.

QUICK TURNAROUND

Normally, Mondays are considered 'off days' for Mississippi State during game week. But that won't be the case leading up to Mississippi State's regular-season finale. The Bulldogs return to action in five days and host Ole Miss on Thursday.

STREAK CONTINUES OVER FCS FOES

Mississippi State improved its record against Southland Conference foes to 8-0 all-time in school history. The Bulldogs have won 18 straight games against FCS opponents. Mississippi State's last loss to an FCS school came in 2004 via a 9-7 setback to Maine.

NO MORE SUSPENSIONS

This season has been filled with suspensions for Mississippi State, largely stemming from academic violations that included 10 Mississippi State players. That group, which includes defensive starters Willie Gay, Lee Autry and Marcus Murphy, had to miss eight games this season and the final one came Saturday against Abilene Christian. All those players are expected to play next week against Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.

UP NEXT

Abilene Christian: The Wildcats concluded their regular season Saturday at Mississippi State and finished with a 5-7 record. Abilene Christian posted a 4-5 record in the Southland Conference.

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs conclude the regular season Thursday and host Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.

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Passing

Abil Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. James 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
L. Anthony 38 25 65.8 1 255 52 1 82.7
MisSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Stevens 27 13 48.1 2 165 88 0 92.4
G. Shrader 3 3 100.0 1 40 34 0 158.3

Rushing

Abil Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Davis 9 31 3.4 10 0
T. White 5 28 5.6 13 0
MisSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Hill 16 153 9.6 22 0
T. Stevens 7 88 12.6 30 1

Receiving

Abil Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Hohenstein 4 115 28.8 52 0
K. Clark 11 56 5.1 17 0
MisSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Hill 3 84 28.0 88 1
J. Payton 1 34 34.0 34 0

Fumbles

Abil F FL
K. Clark 1 0
L. Anthony 1 0

Returning

Abil KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Stapp 3 23.3 0 30 0 - 0 0
J. Lee 1 9.0 0 9 0 - 0 0
MisSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Thomas 1 25.0 0 25 1 -6.0 0 0
B. Cole II 1 16.0 0 16 0 - 0 0

Punting

Abil Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. Laryea 6 208 34.7 46
MisSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Day 3 101 33.7 45

Takeaways

MisSt Int Yds InTD
F. Peters 1 6 0
J. Landrews 1 13 0

Team Stats Comparison

Abil MisSt
Points For 7 45
Total Yards 282 577
Rushing Yards 27 372
Passing Yards 255 205
Passing Completions / Attempts 25/42 16/30
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 1/0
First Downs 18 26
Penalties - Yards 5/25 7/60
Time Of Possession 6:06 54:54
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/15 7/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 3/4 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 6/35 3/34

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Abil MisSt
MisSt 9:47 TD Nick Gibson 4 yd run (Jace Christmann kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter Abil MisSt
MisSt 3:00 TD Deddrick Thomas 11 yd pass from Tommy Stevens (Jace Christmann kick) 0 14
MisSt 4:47 TD Kylin Hill 88 yd pass from Tommy Stevens (Jace Christmann kick) 0 21
Abil 12:53 TD Tracy James 4 yd pass from Luke Anthony (Blair Zepeda kick) 7 21
3rd Quarter Abil MisSt
MisSt 6:21 TD Tommy Stevens 30 yd run (Jace Christmann kick) 7 28
4th Quarter Abil MisSt
MisSt 1:49 FG Jace Christmann 40 yd FG 7 31
MisSt 9:44 TD Austin Williams 6 yd pass from Garrett Shrader (Jace Christmann kick) 7 38
MisSt 12:12 TD Garrett Shrader 10 yd run (Jace Christmann kick) 7 45

Game Information

Stadium: Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field, Starkville, Mississippi
Attendance: 54,638
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