STARKVILLE, Miss. — Dak Prescott took the snap and saw nothing but empty field between him and the goal line. Instead of handing off the ball, the Mississippi State quarterback decided to take care of it himself, doing just a little bit of a high step as he went into the end zone.
With about 10 minutes left, it was over for Texas A&M.
Prescott threw two touchdowns and added three TD runs, and No. 12 Mississippi State overwhelmed No. 6 Texas A&M 48-31 on Saturday as a new contender emerged in the SEC West.
"A Mississippi State-ment," Prescott said.
The Bulldogs took a 28-7 lead in the first half and never let Kenny Hill and the high-scoring Aggies get close enough to threaten the lead, or quiet the Bulldogs fans and their clanging cowbells at Davis Wade Stadium.
Hill threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns but was picked off three times by linebacker Richie Brown, who matched a school record.
"They just beat us," Hill said. "They had a great game plan and just stomped us. Credit them."
Prescott first plowed into the end zone for two short TDs and pretty much sealed the deal with an 11-yard draw to make it 48-17 in the fourth quarter.
"Right there was kind of the nail in the coffin," Prescott said.
The junior finished 19-of-25 for 259 yards and ran for 77 yards.
Prescott entered this season as a fringe Heisman Trophy candidate but is way more than that now.
"He's going to get a lot more attention now with his performance," Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen said. "But as I've told everyone, that's what we expect from him."
NO. 5 AUBURN 41, NO. 15 LSU 7: Nick Marshall passed for 207 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 119 and two more scores to lead host Auburn. Auburn dominated from the start and equaled a 41-7 win in 1999 for its most points in the rivalry. LSU, which turned to freshman quarterback Brandon Harris, has lost its first two SEC games for the first time in coach Les Miles' decade-long tenure. Harris was 3-of-14 for 58 yards before getting replaced late in the third quarter by former starter Anthony Jennings.
NO. 13 GEORGIA 44, VANDY 17: Hutson Mason threw two touchdowns to Chris Conley and Todd Gurley ran for 163 yards with two scores for the host Bulldogs. Gurley had scoring runs of 4 and 14 yards and Mason had a touchdown pass to Conley as Georgia took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.
KENTUCKY 45, S. CAROLINA 38: Alvin Dupree's 6-yard interception return for a touchdown off a pass deflection with 2:29 left gave the host Wildcats a wild comeback victory. Trailing 38-24 with 11:45 left, Jojo Kemp rallied Kentucky with touchdown runs of 1 and 5 yards before Mike Douglas' block of Dylan Thompson's pass. Dupree grabbed it out of the air for the TD that sent a black-clad crowd of 62,135 into a frenzy.