Mississippi State's recent slugfests with Kentucky have taught the Bulldogs that there's no such thing as a safe lead against the Wildcats.
And thanks to timely touchdowns by Dak Prescott, Josh Robinson and Christian Holmes, the nation's top-ranked team built a cushion culminating in another hard-earned victory over the Wildcats.
Prescott accounted for three touchdowns, Robinson rushed for two TDs and No. 1 Mississippi State held on to beat Kentucky 45-31.
Holmes' score on the short kick was the exclamation point in a wild game that stubborn Kentucky tied early and got within a touchdown another four times — the last coming on Patrick Towles' 4-yard TD run nine seconds earlier that made it 38-31.
Credit Heisman Trophy hopeful Prescott and Robinson, who answered with TDs on three occasions. Prescott ran for TDs of 2 and 11 yards and hit Brandon Hill for an 8-yard TD.
With under a minute remaining in another comfortable win over his team's biggest rival, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio had the Spartans keep right on running the ball.
No kneel-downs, no letting up. Eventually, Jeremy Langford scored a touchdown with 28 seconds left.
The eighth-ranked Spartans trounced Michigan 35-11 for their sixth victory in the past seven games against the Wolverines, but all that recent success hasn't removed the chip from Michigan State's shoulder.
Langford ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns for the Spartans, who outgained Michigan 446-186 and won their 14th straight game against a Big Ten opponent.
This one was extra special, of course. The only other time Michigan State has won six of seven over the Wolverines was between 1956-62.
6_Turnovers by Pittsburgh, including its first five possessions, in a 56-28 loss to Georgia Tech.
19_Touchdowns by Western Michigan's Jarvion Franklin to tie a school record.
67_Career touchdown passes by UCLA's Brett Hundley, one shy of Cade McNown's school record.
PASSING THE BEAR
Carson-Newman coach Ken Sparks earned his 324th victory, passing Paul "Bear" Bryant and moving into sixth place on the NCAA's career victories list as the Eagles rallied to a 35-34 win over North Greenville.
Sparks, in his 35th season at Carson-Newman, improved his career record to 324-87-2. Bryant went 323-85-17 for Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Alabama from 1945-82.
The top five coaches in career victories are John Gagliardi (489-138-11), Eddie Robinson (408-165-15), Bobby Bowden (377-129-4), Pop Warner (336-114-32) and Larry Kehres (332-24-3). The 70-year-old Sparks has the most wins of any active coach.