In a rare night contest, Mississippi State Dark Horse defeated their rivals, Mississippi Xanadu, 11-8, in the Cowbell Classic Showcase Game Saturday night.
The game had all the pieces for a rivalry: a crowd, lead changes, comebacks, and coaches yelling at the officials.
The game began with Mississippi State scoring the first point after both teams had a pair of turnovers. Mississippi responded by scoring on their next possession and getting a quick break to take the lead, 2-1. State then used some quick strike offense and layout d’s to score three in a row to take the lead back at 4-2.
Ole Miss took a timeout to fix some communication problems, and it appeared to work as they scored on their next possession. However, State scored the next two to take half, 6-3.
After the break, the teams traded points until Ole Miss got a break back to close the gap to one point at 8-7. The rivals would trade two more points to make it 9-8, but Dark Horse would score the next two and finish the game 11-8.
In just the second game of the 2012 season for both teams, LSU Purple Haze outran Mississippi State Dark Horse 10-5 for the win.
The game started off with both teams trading points to 3-3. LSU was able to score the next three and take half at 6-3. Dark Horse scored the first point in the second half, but Purple Haze ran off another three points in a row to take a commanding 9-4 lead.
“There were some bad throws and some bad plays, but overall I am happy with how we played. Especially the second half with the way we came out in intensity. ” said LSU captain Dylan Shannon.
Mississippi State would score the very next point of the game, but it was too little too late as LSU scored one more to win in a soft capped game.
Both teams had problems with the 20 mile per-hour wind gusts that blew from south to north, and that accounted for many of the combined 60 turnovers. Not all the turnovers were wind-related however; many were dropped due to mental errors.
“Drops killed us,” said Mississippi State captain Andrew Francis. “We have a lot of work to do, but we have to quit beating ourselves. We have a shot to win [the conference] but we have to fix some things first.”