It wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t classic and it wasn’t pretty. But the performance of Dak Prescott on Saturday night was clutch and gutsy, and it was enough to keep the Mississippi State Bulldogs unbeaten on the season.
Prescott, obviously favoring his left leg after injuring it last week against the Kentucky Wildcats, made enough plays to lead the Bulldogs to a 17-10 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday night in Starkville.
While this was not the best performance that Prescott has had this season, it may have been the most memorable. Prescott noticeably limped around on Saturday evening, but he stayed in the game, taking hits and making plays along the way. For the game, Prescott connected on 18-of-27 through the air for 331 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. Despite his bad leg, he still rushed 13 times for 61 yards in the game.
This is the type of performance that Heisman Trophy voters will remember. A player at less than 100 percent, gutting out a performance that would make Willis Reed and Michael Jordan proud.
Prescott is still among the Heisman favorites, and despite his numbers being less than they normally are, he might have actually propelled his chances for college football’s most prestigious individual honor.
More importantly to Prescott, Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs, MSU stayed unbeaten and will likely stay at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings when they are released on Tuesday night.
If the Bulldogs can continue to win and Prescott can get back to himself physically, he will be on his way to Heisman glory.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.