The Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-2, 0-1) have found something in quarterback Dak Prescott. After a pretty good game against Auburn in Week 3, he exploded for a dynamite performance in Week 4. Prescott threw for 233 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 53 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 36-yard touchdown pass to lead Mississippi State over Troy 62-7.
But there’s more offensive good news for the Bulldogs. Prescott’s diverse and efficient performance was matched by Jameon Lewis, who caught a 50-yard touchdown pass, rushed for an 8-yard touchdown and threw the 36-yard touchdown that Prescott caught on a trick play.
The offensive onslaught marked the highest point total for Mississippi State since 1994. The Bulldogs finished with 551 total yards and 30 first downs. Though it must be mentioned that this all happened against a Sun Belt opponent.
Still, there may be a little reason to believe this team could, possibly, maybe, perhaps… Become bowl eligible (don’t say it too loud within 50 miles of Starkville or you might jinx it). There’s still an awful lot of work to do for State to reach six wins, but it doesn’t seem quite as impossible as it did last week.
What to look for in Week 5: Any possible indication from LSU during its game at Georgia suggesting Mississippi State might be able to replicate half of that offensive success against the Tigers in Week 6 would be positive, following this week’s bye.