STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Andre Woodson threw for 284 yards and
three touchdowns, and Kentucky held off Mississippi State 34-31 on
The Wildcats (4-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) got their first
conference road win since last season at Vanderbilt.
Kentucky broke a 14-14 halftime tie by scoring on four of its
first five possessions in the second half. However, the Wildcats,
who led by 31-17 in the fourth quarter, needed a recovery by Jacob
Tamme on an onside kick with 2:12 left to seal the win.
Mississippi State (2-7, 0-5) got career-best performances from
quarterback Michael Henig and wide receiver Tony Burks, but still
lost its first five conference games for the second straight year.
Henig finished 22-of-41 for 384 yards and three touchdowns, and
Burks had seven catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bulldogs' downfall, however, was due to a poor running game
-- they finished with just 35 yards rushing -- and three costly
Woodson was 19-of-28 passing, primarily to Keenan Burton and
Burton had five catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns and set
up two more scores with a combined 93 yards on two kick returns.
Lyons added a season-high eight receptions for 117 yards and a
The Wildcats had opportunities to put the game away in the
second quarter after taking a 14-0 lead, but turned the ball over
twice and missed a field goal.
Mississippi State answered with consecutive scoring drives to
tie the score.
Henig, who was 11-of-16 for 174 yards in the first half, began
the rally with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Burks.
On Kentucky's next offensive snap, linebacker Quinton Culbertson
forced and recovered a fumble at the Kentucky 12. Two plays later,
Henig hit Jamayel Smith with a 15-yard scoring pass.
Kentucky regained control in the second on Lones Seiber's
41-yard field goal, Alfonso Smith's three-yard run and a 33-yard
pass from Woodson to Burton for a 31-17 lead with 13:24 left.
Mississippi State rallied to get within 34-31 with 2:20 left on
a 36-yard touchdown pass from Henig to Burks and a short run by
Kentucky has won four of the last five meetings with the