Mississippi St pushing for bowl eligibility
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State is beat up and possibly down to its third-string quarterback.
And yet the Bulldogs' spirits are high going into Thursday night's Egg Bowl against rival Mississippi thanks to a galvanizing 24-17 overtime victory over Arkansas last weekend.
Now one more win means bowl eligibility for the fourth straight season.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen says starting quarterback Dak Prescott won't play on Thursday because of a nerve injury in his non-throwing arm. Backup Tyler Russell left the Arkansas game with a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter.
If Russell can't play, the task falls to freshman Damian Williams. He rushed for the go-ahead 25-yard touchdown against Arkansas, but has thrown just 27 passes this season.