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The Sports Xchange

September 04, 2018 at 9:05 pm.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

–QB Keytaon Thompson tied a single-game Southeastern Conference record accounting for seven touchdowns in just his second career start. Thompson also matched an MSU single-game record with five TD tosses, as well as rushing for 109 yards and two more scores.

–DE Montez Sweat led the SEC in sacks and tackles for loss last year and picked right back up where he left off. Sweat had 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and two sacks to go along with six tackles in the opener.

–WR Keith Mixon caught two passes for 21 yards in the opener but made his mark as a punt returner, returning six punts for 64 yards. Mixon showcased that his speed has returned after being hampered by a foot injury for the better part of a year.

–K Scott Goodman was offered a preferred walk-on spot for one reason — a kickoff specialist. The true freshman was called on early and often in the opener, kicking off 10 times and netting four touchbacks.

SERIES HISTORY: Tied 1-1. MSU won both meetings on the field but later forfeited its latest win in Manhattan from 1977.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We have the opportunity to compete against a coaching legend like coach (Bill) Snyder. If the stadium is named after you, then you know you’ve done a pretty good job, so we’re certainly excited for that opportunity.” — MSU coach Joe Moorhead