Rapid Reaction: Will Rogers breaks records, Miss State breaks Tennessee State
No. 25 Mississippi State got in a tune-up Saturday before Thursday’s Egg Bowl, cruising to a 55-10 win over Tennessee State to advance to 7-4 on the season.
On offense, it was a day for the record books. Quarterback Will Rogers needed just 2 possessions to overtake a pair of single-season passing records previously held by Bulldog legend Dak Prescott. Rogers topped Prescott’s single-season record of 29 touchdowns on Mississippi State’s first possession of the game with a 21-yard pass to Austin Williams for a TD. On the second possession, Rogers broke Prescott’s record of 3,793 passing yards in a season. Rogers entered the game with 3,722 passing yards. A pass to Jamire Calvin put Rogers over the mark. Rogers not only broke Prescott’s record, he became the first MSU passer to hit 4,000 yards in a single season.
Rogers finished 28-of-34 passing for 391 yards and 5 touchdowns before he was relieved by Chance Lovertich in the third quarter.
Makai Polk tied/broke MSU’s single-season of 88 receptions with a 9-catch, 110-yard game. Polk was bested in receiving touchdowns 1-to-3 by Austin Williams, who had 4 catches for 75 yards on the day.
Tennessee State, an FCS program in the Ohio Valley Conference, is coached by legendary Ohio State running back Eddie George. Perhaps George should have suited up on Saturday. Zach Arnett’s Mississippi State defense held the Tigers’ ball carriers to just 35 rushing yards. Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense picked up 107 yards on the ground Saturday.
Nolan McCord had a perfect kicking game, getting in a couple of field-goal attempts in the 4th quarter.
The individual performance records are great, but Mississippi State will be more concerned with trying to improve the 2021 season record to 8-4 on Thursday.