South Alabama was a 28.5-point underdog for its road trip to take on Mississippi State in the opener, but the Jaguars went into Starkville and stormed back from a 17-0 deficit to upset the Bulldogs 21-20.
The Jaguars made a late drive to take the one-point lead, leaving the Bulldogs one minute on the clock to try and get in position for a game-winning field goal. Mississippi State’s offense did its part, moving the ball into the red zone to set up a 28-yard field goal attempt from the left hash.
The Bulldogs kicker, Westin Graves, had made field goals of 37 and 48 yards earlier in the game, but tugged the 28-yard attempt to the left, hitting the upright to allow the Jaguars to get out with the upset victory. The win is the first over a Power Five opponent for the Jaguars since making the transition to FBS football in 2012.
For Mississippi State, it’s an inauspicious start to the post-Dak Prescott era. There were concerns about the offense’s ability to find a suitable replacement for Prescott at quarterback and to replace his productivity as a runner and passer. Against South Alabama, the Bulldogs were not able to find that dynamic play-making option and struggled on third downs (2-of-9).
Source: CBS Sports / South Alabama upsets Mississippi State after game-winning field goal hits upright