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Kentucky's comeback against Bulldogs falls short, Mississippi State hangs on, 28-22


Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith, starting for the injured Jalen Whitlow, nearly led Kentucky on a second-half comeback against Mississippi State, but the Bulldogs won 28-22. (Photo by James Pennington)

Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith, starting for the injured Jalen Whitlow, nearly led Kentucky on a second-half comeback against Mississippi State, but the Bulldogs won 28-22. (Photo by James Pennington)

 

 

Another attempted comeback on the road fell just short for Kentucky on Thursday, driving down to near the Mississippi State 30-yard line before falling just short, and the Bulldogs won 28-22.

 

Maxwell Smith handled most of the quarterbacking for the Wildcats (1-6, 0-4), and he threw for 160 yards and a touchdown on 18-of-34 passing. Jalen Whitlow, whose status was unclear after spraining an ankle in Kentucky’s last game against Alabama, threw one pass and rushed four times for 12 yards.

 

Whitlow was used sparingly throughout the game, and he came in for a quarterback rush on the most critical play of the game: a 3rd-and-7 play from the Bulldogs 29-yard line. Whitlow was dropped for no gain, and Smith came back in for the last play. His throw fell incomplete, and Mississippi State took a knee to finish the game.

 

Kentucky’s next opponent is at home against Alabama State, the Wildcats’ final non-conference game of the year.

 

KyForward.com was not in Starkville, Miss., for the game. This brief report was made off television coverage.


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