Scores

Final

Kentucky 14

(6-3, 2-3 SEC)

Mississippi St 13

(3-6, 1-4 SEC)

2:30 PM ET, November 1, 2008

Davis Wade Stadium, STARKVILLE, MS

1 2 3 4 T
UK 0 0 14 014
MSST 7 0 0 613

Top Performers

Passing: T. Lee (MSST) - 261 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Dixon (UK) - 12 CAR, 66 YDS

Receiving: A. Stallworth (MSST) - 8 REC, 71 YDS, 1 TD

Kentucky blocks extra point to stop Mississippi State

Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Randall Cobb passed for one touchdown and rushed for another, and Kentucky blocked an extra point early in the fourth quarter to beat Mississippi State 14-13 on Saturday.

Mississippi State kicker Adam Carlson also missed a 27-yard field goal attempt with 7:16 remaining as Kentucky (6-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a 7-0 deficit to reach bowl eligibility.

In his first start, Cobb scored on a 5-yard touchdown run on the Wildcats' opening drive of the second half, then hit Maurice Grinter with a 3-yard touchdown pass to take a 14-7 lead later in the third.

Mississippi State (3-6, 1-4) recovered Alfonso Smith's fumble late in the third quarter to set up Tyson Lee's 10-yard touchdown pass to Arnil Stallworth, and it looked as if the Bulldogs might tie the game. But Kentucky blocked the extra point, then ended one scoring threat on fourth-and-7 and picked off Lee with a minute left to end a final rally.

Kentucky will make its second straight bowl appearance after beating Florida State in the Music City Bowl last season. The Bulldogs will have to win three straight if they want to make it two in a row as well.

After last year's breakthrough 8-5 performance under coach Sylvester Croom, the Bulldogs have broken down this season with an anemic offense that refuses to go. Kentucky held run-first Mississippi State to 43 yards and sacked Lee four times.

Cobb, the team's go-to receiver who replaced Mike Hartline as starter after Kentucky's embarrassing 63-5 loss to Florida last week, completed seven of 13 passes for 56 yards and an interception, but did just enough to make the defensive effort stand up.

Hartline and Cobb alternated possessions under center. Hartline finished 9-for-17 for 90 yards and Kentucky generated 274 total yards, just enough to win.

Lee completed 26 of 42 passes for 261 yards and put the Bulldogs up 7-0 at halftime on a 29-yard scoring pass to Brandon McRae midway through the first quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UK
MSST
1st Downs1718
Total Yards274304
Passing146261
Rushing12843
Penalties7-645-66
3rd Down Conversions3-145-16
4th Down Conversions1-11-4
Turnovers21
Possession28:3831:22

Passing Leaders

KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hartline9/17905.300
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lee26/422616.221

Rushing Leaders

KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon12665.5014
Cobb12312.6115
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon15483.2015
Clark11919.0019

Receiving Leaders

KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith23417.0022
Cobb33311.0018
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
McRae67312.2129
Stallworth8718.9116

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUKMSST
TD07:10Brandon Mcrae 29 Yd Pass From Tyson Lee (Adam Carlson Kick) 07
THIRD QUARTERUKMSST
TD11:08Randall Cobb 5 Yd Run (Lones Seiber Kick) 77
TD02:42Maurice Grinter 3 Yd Pass From Randall Cobb (Lones Seiber Kick) 147
FOURTH QUARTERUKMSST
TD13:57Arnil Stallworth 10 Yd Pass From Tyson Lee (Pat Blocked) 1413