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Mississippi State 31, Missouri 13: It was close until it wasn't

Mizzou kept it close for a half before getting bulldozed by the Bulldogs.

Pictured: the bright spot.
Pictured: the bright spot.
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri's defense kept Dak Prescott and the Mississippi St. offense under wraps for as long as they could, and for a moment it looked like the offense would finally reward them for their efforts.

Prescott connected with Fred Ross for a 36-yard touchdown on MSU's first series to make ti 7-0. After that, the defense dug in their heels and the offense showed some signs of life. The Tigers connected on two field goals from 31 and 35 yards out to pull within one before De'Runnya Wilson snagged a 28-yard TD pass, putting the Bulldogs up 14-6.

Then, it happened.

The seas parted and the heavenly host wept as Russell Hansbrough scampered into the end zone, ending Missouri's lengthy drought. It was Mizzou's third rushing touchdown on the season and its first in 33 days. The score heading into halftime was 14-13 MSU.

Things went downhill from there.

Dak drove the Bulldogs down the field on their first drive of the third quarter and hit Wilson to make it 21-13, then connected with Ross to bring us to our final score of 31-13.

In the only other offensive highlight of the night for the Tigers, Gary Pinkel put the ball in Tyler Hunt's hands and he promptly rattled off a 72-yard romp.

Sure, Missouri never did cash in afterwards, but it's nice to see Hunt get some touches.

Missouri drops to 4-5 on the season. They will face off against BYU in Arrowhead Stadium on November 14.