Southern Miss Defeated By Mississippi St, 49-0, In Season-Opener
Aug. 30, 2014
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Southern Miss was defeated by Mississippi State 49-0 Saturday night. The game was the first in state road game for USM since the Golden Eagles played the Bulldogs on Sept. 22, 1990. - the last meeting between the two teams.
The Bulldogs needed nine plays on the opening drive to cruise 87 yards downfield. Prescott ended the drive by finding Wilson for a 25-yard touchdown pass.
A few Mississippi State hiccups kept the game close early. DB Kalan Reed had the first interception of the 2014 season, picking off Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in the end zone in the second quarter. The INT was the third of Reed's career and the second consecutive game with an interception as Reed picked off a pass in the Golden Eagles' 62-27 victory over UAB in the 2013 season finale.
Rakeem Nunez Roches set a career high in total tackles against Mississippi State with seven for the game. The red-shirt junior topped his previous high of six in the first half of the game, notching seven stops.
The Golden Eagles' best chance to score was a 30-yard field goal attempt that was blocked and then returned by MSU's Jay Hughes for a touchdown.