Love, Prescott Honored By College Football Performance Awards
STARKVILLE, Miss. - A pair of Mississippi State football players continued this week’s honor haul for the Bulldogs as sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott and junior cornerback Jamerson Love were each Honorable Mention College Football Performance Awards selections at their respective positions for week four of the season.
Prescott started his third-straight game against Troy and helped MSU to a 62-7 victory. The 62 points for the Bulldogs were tied for the 13th most in program history and the most since tallying 66 against Tulane on Oct. 22, 1994. Prescott played a big role in the victory, turning in a total quarterback rating of 97.3 (out of 100), good for the sixth-best mark at the FBS level during Week 4 of the season.
In the second quarter against the Trojans, the Haughton, La., native threw for 173 yards, rushed for 46, caught a 36-yard pass and accounted for four TDs. Prescott became the first Bulldog to score three touchdowns in a game since the 2012 contest against Troy, when Chad Bumphis caught three TD passes.
In the last three weeks, Prescott has led the offense to 1,522 total yards, an average of 507.3 yards per contest. He is the team’s leading rusher with 206 yards in the span and is averaging 275.3 yards of total offense during the last three games.
It was a defensive touchdown that started the scoring Saturday against Troy as Love intercepted a Corey Robinson pass on the first drive of the contest and returned it 70 yards for the game’s first TD. The pick was Love’s first of the season and second of his career. The 70-yard runback was tied for the 12th longest in program history.
The play before Love recorded the interception, he broke up a pass intended for Bryan Holmes. He knocked away another pass during Troy’s first drive of the second quarter.
Prescott, Love and the Bulldogs have a bye week before returning to action Oct. 5 against LSU inside Davis Wade Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. The network carrying the contest will be announced no later than this Sunday afternoon, September 29.
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