Mississippi State football

Auburn defensive back Jordyn Peters (15) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the first half against Mississippi State.

AUBURN, Ala. – Not even one second had ticked off the game clock on Saturday night in Mississippi State’s game at No. 7 Auburn before flags were on the field.

It was a delay of game penalty against the Bulldogs. Right from the jump, MSU was backing up 5 yards. On a night full of backwards steps, those were only the first.

Mississippi State was essentially never competitive in the ballgame as the Bulldogs fell behind 21-0 in just over 6 minutes of action, trailed 42-9 at halftime and then eventually fell 56-23 to the Tigers.

“Against a good football team like this, we went into the week talking about how small the margin of error is,” MSU head coach Joe Moorhead said. “To come out and spot (Auburn) 21 points before the band even gets in their seats, you don’t give yourself a chance. You’re fighting out of the corner the whole game.”

For more on Saturday night's game, see Sunday's Starkville Daily News.

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