K-State defeats Mississippi State to go 3-0

K-State played Mississippi State on Sept. 8, 2018 at Bill Snyder Family Snyder. The Wildcats fell to the Bulldogs 31-10. (Meg Shearer | Collegian Media Group)

Kanas State stepped up to the challenge of a true road game on Saturday and pulled out a gutsy 31-24 win against Mississippi State.

This brings the series to 1-1. K-State fell to the Bulldogs last year at home 31-10.

Redshirt junior quarterback Skylar Thompson had a big game as he threw for 123 yards on 10 passing attempts including a massive touchdown pass late in the game.

The Wildcats jumped out to an early 10-0 lead with a field goal from Blake Lynch and a seven-yard touchdown run from senior running back Jordon Brown.

The Bulldogs got themselves back into the game with a touchdown run from running Tommy Stevens.

K-State then responded as Thompson led a 5 play, 30-yard drive that ended in a one-yard touchdown run himself to get the lead back to 10 points.

It looked like the Wildcats were going to go into halftime with a 10 point lead, but the Bulldogs sneaked in a 35-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds remaining to make it 17-14 at the half.

The third quarter was mostly silent until five minutes remained and Mississippi State took its first lead of the game with a touchdown, 21-17.

To begin the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs got a field goal to stretch the lead to seven points, their biggest lead of the game. It appeared that with 10 unanswered points the Bulldogs had the momentum to runaway with the game, but true freshman wide receiver Malik Knowles brought the energy back to K-State’s sideline as he returned the following kickoff for 100 yards to tie the game.

Thompson then found senior wide receiver Dalton Schoen with a 15-yard touchdown pass to secure the game.

The Wildcats will head to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to begin conference play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys this weekend’s bye.