Mississippi State’s worst nightmare came true in the season opener on Saturday.
After holding a 17-0 lead at halftime, the Bulldogs lost a heartbreaking game to South Alabama 21-20 at Davis Wade Stadium.
Mississippi State junior kicker Westin Graves hit the upright on a 28-yard field goal attempt in the game’s final seconds.
Here’s the Mississippi State miss. USA wins 21-20. pic.twitter.com/j06nVaWrhk
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) September 3, 2016
South Alabama picked up its first victory against an SEC program in five tries. The Jaguars started their football program in 2009 and became a full-fledged FBS school in 2013.
Dallas Davis was making his first start at quarterback for South Alabama, and he turned in a gem of a performance. He threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner to Gerald Everett with 57 seconds remaining in the game.
Damian Williams, who relieved Nick Fitzgerald at quarterback for Mississippi State, led the Bulldogs back down the field in an attempt to win the game, but Graves missed his second field goal attempt of the game.