The Cats began the second quarter with the ball and drove it within field goal ranch. However, Mississippi State would force the Cats to attempt a field goal. Kicker Joe Mansour would miss the attempt, leaving the score 14-7, Mississippi State.
A couple of plays later MSU would score a touchdown by moving the ball down the field and finally throwing a short pass into the end zone, 21-7 Bulldogs.
Late in the quarter, the Cats would receive a break thanks partly to some key plays by the Cats and huge penalty by the Bulldogs. A MSU player, #1 Whitley, was flagged and ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. After, the penalty, the ESPN broadcasts shown the instant replay and showed with what looked like Whitley punching a Kentucky player in the face.
The Cats, would convert on the drive, however, with a field goal. 21-10 Mississippi State.
Mississippi State wasn’t finished, they drove the ball deep down the field with only a few ticks on the clock. However, at the half, the score remains 21-10 Mississippi State with the lead.
At the half, the Cats have 13 first downs, 202 total yards, 99 passing yards, 103 rushing yards and only two penalties. The only three areas that the Bulldogs show a significant difference from the Cats are passing yards (170 yards), rushing yards (126 yards) and total yards (296 yards).