Mississippi State picked up a huge victory with a 17-9 win at Auburn to stay in the SEC West race. Quarterback Dak Prescott led the way with 270 passing yards and two touchdowns.
But the Bulldogs had several unsung heroes in their Week 4 victory. The Mississippi State defense caused a lot of problems for Auburn in the red zone, and one of the biggest plays of the game was defensive lineman Ryan Brown’s shoestring tackle of Auburn quarterback Sean White in the early part of the fourth quarter.
Auburn had forced a turnover on the previous Mississippi State possession and was trying to cut the Bulldogs’ 14-0 lead in half. On 3rd-and-3, it appeared White would run down the sidelines for the first down until Brown dove and held White to just a 1-yard gain.
On the next play, Auburn tried to induce an offsides, but Mississippi State didn’t bite and therefore had to settle for a field goal. If White picks up that first down, and the Tigers score a touchdown on that possession, momentum would have completely swung in Auburn’s favor, and it could have been a very different ball game.
Here are the rest of the unsung heroes for Mississippi State in the victory over Auburn:
Will Redmond, Defensive Back, Senior
In the first half, Auburn couldn’t even kick field goals on its red zone possessions. On the first drive of the game, Redmond intercepted White at the 5-yard line. That set the tone for the rest of the night.
Westin Graves, Kicker, Sophomore
A lot has been made about the Mississippi State kickers since the miss at the end of the LSU game, but Graves came through in his only attempt on Saturday. He made a 44-yard field goal with about a minute to go in the third quarter. The successful kick made it a two possession game again.
Logan Cooke, Punter, Sophomore
Special teams played a huge part in this victory for Mississippi State. Punter Logan Cooke pinned the Tigers back inside their own 20-yard line on their final three possessions of the game. Auburn managed only one field goal on those three possessions.
— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) September 27, 2015