Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M NCAA College Football

Texas A&M's Ricky Seals-Jones catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown against Mississippi State's Taveze Calhoun during the first quarter of Aggies' 30-17 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday at Kyle Field.

FIRST QUARTER

New wrinkle: On A&M’s third play from scrimmage, freshman receiver Christian Kirk lined up as quarterback in the shotgun formation, with quarterback Kyle Allen lined up out wide. Kirk, the Aggies’ leader in all-purpose yardage ran for five yards.

Five minutes equals nine quarters: A&M’s touchdown in the first 5 minutes, 1 second matched the amount of touchdowns Mississippi State had surrendered in the previous nine quarters.

Sack without contact: A&M defensive end Myles Garrett got credit for a sack when MSU quarterback Dak Prescott tripped over the feet of the offensive lineman blocking Garrett. It brought Garrett’s season total to 7.5 sacks, second in the NCAA.

Key stat: A&M ran for 80 yards on 11 carries.

SECOND QUARTER

QB blocking penalty: On a reverse to senior Brandon Williams, quarterback Kyle Allen was caught nearly 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage blocking behind the back. The Aggies were held on downs for the first time and Taylor Bertolet kicked a 55-yard field goal.

Wrong target: A&M receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, who had five catches for 34 yards and a touchdown, was ejected from the game when he was flagged for targeting on a block of defensive back Brandon Bryant that nullified a first-down reception by Josh Reynolds.

Key stat: A&M held MSU to two straight 3-and-outs when the Bulldogs had an opportunity to tie the score at 17.

THIRD QUARTER

Moving up the charts: MSU quarterback Dak Prescott moved into third-place all-time in the SEC for consecutive passes thrown without an interception. On his last pass of the quarter, Prescott overtook Ole Miss’ Stewart Patridge (1997), then Florida’s Tim Tebow (2008) and finally Georgia’s David Green (2004) at 214 during the game. Alabama’s A.J.McCarron (2011-12) is next on the list at 291. Kentucky’s Andre Wilson (2006-07) holds the mark at 325.

Nice catch: The back judge threw a penalty flag on MSU receiver De’Runnya Wilson for a block below the waist. The flag went about 20 yards before safety Donovan Wilson caught it. The real significance was it was the first penalty marked off against the Bulldogs.

Key stat: MSU’s Aeris Williams fumbled inside the Aggie 10-yard line.

FOURTH QUARTER

When in doubt: After MSU closed the gap to 27-17, the Aggies got the ball in their playmaker’s hands. Christian Kirk set up a much-needed first down with a 9-yard gain. A&M had only four first downs in the half until that point.

A little bit of everything: On a second-and-10, Kyle Allen’s pass was tipped by A.J. Jefferson and ruled incomplete despite MSU’s Kivon Coman believing he had made a diving interception. There was also a pass interference flag thrown, which after a discussion among the officials was nullified because of the tip. They then went to the booth to see if the incompletion call was correct, which it was.

Key stat: A&M running back Tra Carson finished the game with 110 yards rushing on 26 carries.