Gameday: MSU at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- It's gameday, as the Kentucky Wildcats (4-3, 1-3) host the Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-5, 1-3) in Kentucky's homecoming game at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by Fox Sports South and also carried on ESPN GamePlan and ESPN360.com. Today is Halloween, and fans are encouraged to wear black in celebration of the holiday.

The Wildcats could do all but insure their fourth consecutive bowl appearance with a victory over Mississippi State, while the Bulldogs are desperately needing a win to cling to their own bowl homes in Coach Dan Mullen's first season as skipper of the MSU squad.

On the Kentucky injury front, linebacker Micah Johnson and defensive tackle Shane McCord are expected to be available for Saturday's game against Mississippi State but cornerback Trevard Lindley remains doubtful to participate. Lindley did run some this week, and will suit up for the game, but the chances of him playing are not good.

Fullback John Conner and defensive end DeQuin Evans are the game captains for the Mississippi State contest, Coach Rich Brooks has announced.

Game captains are usually chosen on the basis of performance in the previous game. UK defeated the University of Louisiana at Monroe, 36-13, last Saturday. Conner rushed six times for a career-high 46 yards and a touchdown, including a career-long 39-yard burst that set up his own one-yard scoring plunge. He also caught two passes for 26 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown reception. Evans spent much of the evening in the Warhawk backfield, accumulating five tackles, three tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry.

Conner and Evans will join permanent captains Zipp Duncan and Corey Peters at the pregame coin toss.

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