Bulldogs make history: MSU freshman QB scores winning TD to defeat Arkansas
Mississippi State freshman quarterback Damian Williams (14) pushes into the end zone past Arkansas cornerbacks Jared Collins (29) and D.J. Dean (1) to score a touchdown in overtime in Little Rock, Ark., Saturday. The Bulldogs defeated the Razorbacks 24-17. (Photo by Danny Johnston, AP)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. â€“ History â€“ whether personal or institutional â€“ is all about timing.
Mississippi State University freshman quarterback Damian Williams picked overtime at War Memorial Stadium to make both kinds of history, scoring his first collegiate touchdown while at the same time helping MSU's football program break its winless streak in the state of Arkansas.
Williams tucked behind lead blocks from sophomore running back Josh Robinson on a 25-yard touchdown run on the first play of overtime on Saturday, which ultimately proved to be the game-winning score in the Bulldogs' 24-17 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Sophomore cornerback Taveze Calhoun intercepted a Brandon Allen pass on fourth down of the Razorbacks' overtime possession to seal the victory.
MSU (5-6, 2-5 in the Southeastern Conference) had previously posted a record of 0-9-1 against the Hogs in the Natural State, including an 0-6-1 mark in Little Rock. Saturday's win also kept the Bulldogs' postseason hopes alive, as they'll need an Egg Bowl victory over Ole Miss Thursday in Starkville to become bowl eligible.
"Obviously, we'll enjoy this, and the coaching staff will enjoy it, for the next 10 minutes," MSU head coach Dan Mullen said after the game. "Then we'll get ready for Thursday night."
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