Mississippi State Defeats No. 8 Ranked LSU to Earn Academy’s Game of the Week Honors

By September 22, 2014News & Events
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In a game played in LSU’s legendary “Death Valley”, the Bulldogs of Mississippi State were neither intimidated nor rattled by a fourth-quarter come-back attempt by the Tigers to hang on to a 34-29 victory Saturday night.

Led by QB Dak Prescott, the unranked Bulldogs dominated from the start of the game racking up 570 yards of total offense.  Prescott, who is now considered to be in the Heisman “conversation” rushed for 56 yards and completed 15 of 24 passes for 268 yards and 2 TD’s.

The Bulldogs took a 17-3 lead into the locker room at the half and stretched that lead to 34-10 with 14:49 left in the game.  From that point on they hung on to stave off a frenzied come-back attempt by LSU.

Mississippi State has now changed the complexion of the SEC West Division, which has half of its members ranked in the AP Top 25 – Auburn, Alabama, Texas A&M, and in-state rival, Mississippi.

For their impressive performance against LSU, Mississippi State has been honored with the United States Sports Academy’s Game of the Week honors.

Indiana’s victory over Missouri was named the runner-up for the Game of the Week and the Florida State-Clemson game came in third place.

An eminent national panel of former and legendary coaches and administrators, chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award.

Each weekly winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Past winners of these memorable games have included some stunning upsets, conference championship games, and BCS National Championship games.

With the new FBS four-team playoff instituted this year, the promise of many more memorable games is assured.

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.