The Starkville Pirate has already turned the SEC upside down.
In his first game coaching the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Mike Leach upset the defending National Champions at Death Valley and his quarterback set a new single-game SEC passing record. Not too shabby.
Stanford grad transfer K.J. Costello completed 36-of-60 passes (60%) for 623 yards and five touchdowns. Costello is the first SEC quarterback to ever surpass the 600-yard milestone. Even after LSU came back and tied the game with ten minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Costello remained composed and kept slinging the ball downfield.
K.J. Costello is the first SEC QB ever to pass for 600 yards in a game!
IT’S HIS FIRST SEC GAME??#HailState?
— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) September 26, 2020
Many wondered how Leach would use All-SEC running back Kylin Hill in his offense. Turns out you can use running backs for more than just hand-offs. Hill had only seven rushes for 34 yards, but he caught eight passes for 158 yards and a 75-yard touchdown.
For those who love Mike Leach, it’s a great day.
Mike Leach is a national treasure ? @HailStateFB
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 27, 2020
For the Kentucky Wildcats, Saturday was not ideal.
Entering the season we thought the Mississippi schools would be push-overs. Despite the Ole Miss loss to Florida, their offense was humming. The two schools combined for 79 points and 1,245 yards of offense. To say Mark Stoops’ defense will be challenged the next two weeks is an understatement.