Mississippi State (3-3, 7-3) gave the mighty Crimson Tide (7-0, 10-0) all they wanted before falling in the final seconds.

The Bullies gained a lot of respect around the country with their strong play. MSU still has hopes that on January 1 they will be bowling in the Sunshine State if they can shake the effects of the Bama loss and take care of Arkansas and Ole Miss over the final 12 days of the regular season. The game was the highest rated cable college football game of the year, according to ESPN.

- Ole Miss (2-4, 5-5) won a game they were expected to win. When an SEC team hosts a non-conference team, they are expected win big and cover the point spread. Quarterback Jordan Ta’amu led the Rebels offense to five straight scores to begin the game as Ole Miss crushed Louisiana-Lafayette, 50-22. A.J. Brown had a record-breaking game as he grabbed 14 passes for 185 yards and two scores.

- USM (6-4) became bowl eligible with a 43-34 win over Rice. The Golden Eagles were in high gear as quarterback Kawdra Griggs passed for 331 yards and three scores. It was his first 300-yard passing game.  The USM defense played a less than spectacular game as they had trouble stopping the Owls. The Golden Eagles will play host to UN-Charlotte (1-9) this Saturday at 2 p.m.

- Auburn had an impressive win over previously undefeated Georgia. The Tigers made big plays on offense, defense, and on special teams in shocking the Bulldogs.  Georgia just made too many mistakes in playing their worst game of the year.


Saints don't have to punt

The New Orleans Saints have won seven straight games to improve to 7-2 on the year. The Saints of 2017 have learned to play solid defense and run the ball.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees did not throw a TD pass but did rush for a score in a 47-10 win over Buffalo as the Saints set a team record with six rushing touchdowns. The Saints ran the ball 45 times for over 300 yards in the win as Mark Ingram scored three times to tie a team record.

At one point, the Saints ran the ball 24 straight times plus they had a 93-yard, ten-play scoring drive that was all on the ground.

Odds & Ends

East Mississippi clipped Northwest, 67-66, in double overtime to win the Junior College State Football Championship.

Ito Smith of USM rushed for 150 yards to join an elite club. Smith is now one of only ten college football players to rush for over 4,000 yards and have over 1,000 career receiving yards.

Alabama and MSU are 1-2 in football wins in the SEC West since 2014.

We are down to four unbeaten teams in Division 1 football. Alabama and Wisconsin are both 10-0 while Miami (9-0) and UCF from the Sunshine State are both 9-0. Wisconsin is 10-0 for the first time in school history.

The third SEC football coach has been fired since August as Tennessee coach Butch Jones bit the dust Sunday.

Former JCJC head football coach Eddie Pierce is retiring from coaching. Pierce has been head coach at Gulfport High for the past 5½ years, and his record is 44-22 over that time.  Gulfport lost to Meridian, 21-14, Friday night.

The USM Golden Eagles basketball team will play at Michigan this Thursday.

MSU’s Victoria Vivians scored 22 points as the Lady Bulldogs whipped Virginia, 68-53, in their season opener.

Duke basketball Coach Krzyzewski won his 1,000th game as the Blue Devils' head coach. He is the first Division 1 coach to win 1,000 games at one school.

Dale McKee, a resident of Waynesboro, has covered Mississippi sports for more than 40 years. He writes a weekly sports column. You can contact Dale at ddmckee18@yahoo.com