Game One Notables: Mississippi State

HOUSTON -- Team and player notables from Mississippi State's inaugural 2013 game...

• This is the fifth time Mississippi State and Oklahoma State have met and the first time they have played at a neutral site. The first meeting was in 1970 and the most recent was in 1999, when the Bulldogs won 29-11. The series is now 3-2, Oklahoma State.

• This is the inaugural Advocare Texas Kickoff featuring opponents from the SEC and Big 12.

• Oklahoma State entered the game ranked #13 by the AP and #14 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Prior to this game, the Bulldogs had won 13 non-conference games in a row.

• The Mississippi State defense held Oklahoma State to their first scoreless quarter in a span of 35 quarters (since the first quarter versus Kansas on October 13, 2012).

• In the first half alone, Mississippi State forced OSU to punt five times, matching the Cowboys' season high in 2012.

• Butkus Award watch list linebacker Deontae Skinner tied a career high with ten tackles.

• Sophomore Dak Prescott set career highs in completions (7), attempts (17), passing yards (89), and longest pass completion (35).

• Junior defensive back Dee Arrington recorded a career-high seven tackles.

• Sophomore defensive Taveze Calhoun registered a career-best tying six tackles.

• Four true freshmen made their college debuts on Saturday: Kivon Coleman (special teams), Chris Jones (defensive tackle), Fred Ross (receiver), and De'Runnya Wilson (receiver).

• Eight other Bulldogs made their game debuts: Nelson Adams, Beniquez Brown, Richie Brown, Jeremey Chappelle, Justin Cox, Deontay Evans, A.J. Jefferson, and Justin Senior.

• Preseason All-American left guard Gabe Jackson started his fortieth consecutive game, which is tied for second in the FBS after Georgia's Aaron Murray.

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