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MSU Remains at No. 18 in Both National Polls

Following its 63-6 season-opening win against Stephen F. Austin, Mississippi State remains in the national rankings for the ninth consecutive week. The Bulldogs are 18th in the latest Associated Press Top 25 and 18th in the Amway Coaches Poll released Monday, holding their same ranking in each poll from the preseason.


MSU was dominant on both sides of the ball last Saturday. Keytaon Thompson, making just his second career start, tied the SEC and MSU single-game record for touchdowns responsible (7) while accounting for 473 yards of total offense. He tied the MSU single-game record with five touchdown passes and became just the third player in Bulldog history with over 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in the same game. Thompson tallied his third-straight 100-yard game on the ground and added two scores.


Defensively, Johnathan Abram recorded a game-high eight tackles, while preseason All-Americans Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons combined for seven tackles for loss with two sacks coming from Sweat. MSU finished the game with a school-record 17 tackles for loss, breaking the previous mark of 15 against Troy (2015) and Alcorn State (2010).


MSU will make its first trip to Manhattan, Kansas, since 1977 as the Bulldogs (1-0) take on Kansas State (1-0) at 11 a.m. CT Saturday in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN following College GameDay. Mark Jones (play-by-play), Dusty Dvoracek (analyst) and Molly McGrath (sideline) will call the action. The all-time series between the two teams is tied 1-1.






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