Mississippi St. 17, No. 8 Alabama 16
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) _ 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 his alma mater.
John Brock, whose missed extra point proved costly, had given Alabama its only lead with a 42-yard field goal with 11:27 left in the game.
On the next offensive play, State quarterback Derrick Taite threw a short pass to 248-yard tight end Reginald Kelly, who rumbled 69 yards to the Alabama 11. Four plays later, Hazlewood booted the game-winner into a stiff wind with 8:49 left.
Both goalposts were torn down within two minutes after the final buzzer as State celebrated its first victory over the Crimson Tide since a 6-3 shocker in 1980 that broke top-ranked Alabama’s record 28-game SEC winning streak.