Brian Hazlewood kicked a 39-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, providing the margin as Mississippi State upset No. 8 Alabama 17-16 Saturday night, beating the Crimson Tide for only the second time in 39 years.
The much-maligned Mississippi State defense, ranked last in the Southeastern Conference allowing 375 yards a game, held on by stopping Alabama on its last three offensive possessions.
Alabama (8-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) drove to the Mississippi State 39 in the final minute, but Freddie Kitchens’ fourth-and-4 pass was incomplete.
Mississippi State (4-5, 2-4) broke a four-game SEC losing streak and gave coach Jackie Sherrill his first victory in eight tries against Alabama.
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