Mississippi State

Prescott, MSU rush past Wildcats

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott (15) points skyward in remembrance of his mother after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott (15) points skyward in remembrance of his mother after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle) AP

No. 25 Mississippi State used six touchdowns from quarterback Dak Prescott to rout Kentucky 42-16.

MSU (6-2) is ranked for the third time this season and first since Sept. 27. MSU also received votes in the Amway Coaches poll. It's the 37th week the squad has been ranked under coach Dan Mullen.

What we learned

MSU's offense has missed the running of Prescott. The senior from Haugton, La., has spent most of the season showing off his improved passing but showcased running on Saturday. The Bulldogs have struggled to get the ground game off and running for most of the year but put together their best game of the season on Prescott's shoulders.

Prescott dazzled both through the air and on the ground for his best game as a Bulldog. He ran for 117 yards on just 13 carries and three touchdowns. He was also impressive in the pocket.

The offensive line gave Prescott tons of time to light up Kentucky's secondary and he threw for 248 yards and three scores. Not even his first interception in 290 passes hindered what would be a game that could Prescott the SEC offensive player of the Week award.

MSU's rushing attack got no more than 36 yards from a player not named Prescott but the unit doesn't have to have a pure standout.

If Prescott's rushing ability of the past returns to compliment his strong passing, MSU will be tough to beat.

What's next

MSU gets a much-needed bye week to heal injuries across the board before preparing for a tough end of the schedule. State travels to a reeling Missouri team in two weeks for a Thursday night ball game and then hosts Alabama on Nov. 14 at Davis-Wade Stadium.

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