DALLAS (FWAA) – K.J. Costello threw for an SEC-record
623 yards and five touchdowns with three receivers topping 100 yards
as the Mike Leach head coaching era at Mississippi State began in
stellar fashion with a 44-34 win at No. 6 LSU. MSU recorded the highest-ranked road win in program
history, which earned them the Reveal Suits National Team of
the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept. 26, as selected
by the Football Writers Association of America.
This is the fourth time for Mississippi State to earn the Team
of the Week honor and the first since 2016. All Division I FBS and
FCS schools are eligible to be selected. This is the 19th season
for the FWAA to award a Team of the Week.
The win marked the first time a defending national champion lost
its season opener since 1998 as MSU (1-0) snapped the nation's longest
active win streak at 16 games. It was MSU's second win in Baton
Rouge of the last four meetings but those are the only ones since
Costello, a graduate transfer from Stanford with career 25 starts
there, became the 11th quarterback in SEC history to top 500 yards
en route to the league record, and his 36 completions on 60 attempts
were school records. His previous career completion high (34) came
against Leach’s Washington State team in 2018 and his yardage total
topped Dak Prescott's school record (508 yards vs. Arkansas, 2015)
by more than 100 yards.
Five different times MSU took a lead only to see LSU rally to
tie or take the lead before the Bulldogs scored the final 10 points.
Big plays keyed the win as MSU finished the game with 16 plays of
20 or more yards, all through the air. The receiving trio of Osirus
Mitchell, Kylin Hill, JaVonta Payton each eclipsed the 100-yard
mark, only the second time for a trio to do so in school history.
MSU posted seven sacks, the program’s highest single-game total
since 2015 vs. Ole Miss, and Erroll Thompson, the SEC's active career
tackles leader with 227, had 10 tackles.
The other Reveal Suits National Team of the Week nominee for
the weekend of Sept. 26 is:
• Kansas State (1-1): The Wildcats came
back from a 21-point deficit twice – the second time with 2:46
left in the third quarter – to win at No. 3 Oklahoma, 38-35. Deuce
Vaughn had 174 all-purpose yards and the K-State defense, missing
five starters due to COVID-19 concerns, came up with four takeaways.
It marked the first time in school history for K-State to win
consecutive matchups with a top-five opponent, following last
season’s 48-41 win in Manhattan. The Wildcats are 3-2 in Norman
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