By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State honored a star-studded Hall of Fame class during halftime of the Kentucky game on Saturday.
The Bulldogs inducted former All-SEC wide receiver Eric Moulds, All-SEC linebacker Ray Costict, men’s basketball All-American Erick Dampier, four-time women’s basketball All-American and WNBA No. 1 overall pick LaToya Thomas and former athletic trainer Straton Karatassos in the 2015 MSU Sports Hall of Fame during a gala Thursday night.
Also at the banquet, current Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott was awarded the inaugural Leo W. Seal Jr. Athlete of the Year for 2014-15, which will be given annually to the top MSU student-athlete.
Sophomore wide receiver Gabe Myles and junior tight end Gus Walley were held out of the Kentucky game due to injury.
For Myles, it was the third straight game he has missed after suffering a left ankle sprain against Texas A&M. Walley left the Louisiana Tech game with an undisclosed injury. He had previously missed the Texas A&M and Troy games with a hand injury.
Wide receiver Joe Morrow returned from a two-game absence with an injured shoulder. Safety Jamal Peters was back after missing a game with a concussion and wide receiver Fred Ross returned after leaving last week’s game with an injury.
Running back Ashton Shumpert (back) dressed but did not play.
Holding a 21-10 lead, MSU turned a Taveze Calhoun interception into another touchdown drive just before the half. The Bulldogs drove 80 yards in three plays and scored on a 20-yard run by Dak Prescott.
Two. MSU won for just the second time wearing black uniforms and improved to 2-2 all-time wearing them. It was the first time for the Bulldogs to wear black since 2011.
“It was certainly our best performance in all three phases on the year.” – MSU coach Dan Mullen
Following a bye week, the Bulldogs are back in action at Missouri on Thursday, Nov. 5. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
MSU now owns a 22-21 advantage in the series against UK, its first since 1944. ... Dak Prescott ‘s six touchdowns tied Jackie Parker’s school record set against Auburn in 1952. ... Prescott is now MSU’s all-time QB leading rusher.