Bulldogs, Tigers Set To Tangle On The Plains

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Ashton Shumpert amassed 98 yards and scored twice in collegiate debut against ASU.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. – Fresh off its impressive 51-7 victory against Alcorn State last week, Mississippi State looks to maintain its momentum when the Bulldogs open Southeastern Conference play at 6 p.m. CT Saturday at Auburn.

It’s the sixth-consecutive season MSU (1-1) has opened league play against the Tigers, with the Maroon & White claiming a dominating 28-10 victory last year at Davis Wade Stadium.

Saturday, Sept. 14 - 6 p.m. CT
Where: Auburn, AL
Facility: Jordan-Hare Stadium
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The game at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday will be aired nationally by ESPN2, with Mark Jones and Brock Huard handling the broadcast. Jim Ellis, Matt Wyatt, and John Correro will provide the radio call on the Mississippi State Radio Network and through satellite radio on Sirius and XM (channels 113 & 201).

Mississippi State, which has won six-straight games in the month of September, is coming off a win against the Braves where it amassed 556 yards, tied for the ninth most in school history (at Tulane, 9-4-82). In a game where 70 players saw action, it was the fourth-best production with Dan Mullen at the helm.

A total of 13 players caught a pass, with Fred Ross pacing the air assault with three receptions for 46 yards.

Dak Prescott, starting his first game for the injured Tyler Russell, was 12-of-19 passing for 174 yards, all in the first half. He also threw two touchdowns, while rushing for another.

On the ground, freshman Ashton Shumpert made his collegiate debut with 98-yards rushing. As a team, the Bulldogs rushed for 277 yards on 54 carries.

Mississippi State, which returns home next week for a 6:30 p.m. CT showdown against Troy, was just as impressive defensively, holding ASU to just 163 total yards. For the second week in a row, linebacker Deontae Skinner led MSU with five tackles. He also had an interception that set up the Bulldogs first touchdown.

Auburn (2-0) enters the contest following its 38-9 win against Arkansas State. In the season opener, the Tigers held off Washington State, 31-24.

Under the direction of first-year coach Gus Malzahn, Auburn hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the last six quarters.



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