Mississippi State football

Former Starkville High School player Willie Gay Jr. (6) scores on an interception return in the first quarter against Kentucky on Saturday.

For at least a couple of quarters on Saturday, the gang was all back together for Mississippi State.

It proved to be the foundation of a huge bounce-back win for the Bulldogs after the team dropped the Kansas State game the week prior.

MSU topped Kentucky 28-13 at Davis Wade Stadium. It was the first game all season long for the Bulldogs in which no players were suspended for a violation of team rules and with most everyone finally available, MSU (3-1, 1-0) rode the spark that provided a victory over the Wildcats (2-2, 0-2).

“We missed those guys,” MSU cornerback Cam Dantzler said. “They came back with a chip on their shoulders and were all ready to play. All of them were amped up to play. Those guys really came through for us.”

For more on the Bulldogs and Starkville Daily News sports editor Danny P. Smith's take on the performance of freshman quarterback Garrett Shrader, see Sunday's Starkville Daily News.

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