STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Ron Whitcomb threw a 17-yard touchdown
pass to Kevin McMahan with 2:55 left, and Division I-AA Maine
stopped Mississippi State twice in the final minutes to beat the
Bulldogs 9-7 on Saturday night.
Maine (2-1), playing a Division I-A opponent for the first time
since 1991, handed Mississippi State its second loss in three games
under new coach Sylvester Croom.
A play before the winning touchdown pass, Whitcomb completed a
25-yard pass across the middle to Ryan Walker on third-and-15.
Mississippi State, which committed three turnovers deep in Maine
territory, blocked the extra point attempt, but the Bulldogs failed
to reach field-goal range on their two last drives.
Whitcomb threw for 124 yards and the lone touchdown, and Marcus
Williams ran for 58 yards on 17 carries for the Black Bears.
Mississippi State's Omarr Connor passed for 250 yards, including
a 19-yard first-quarter scoring pass to Eric Butler. Fred Reid ran
for 72 yards on 18 carries for the Bulldogs, and Will Prosser had
four catches for 117 yards.
Maine is ranked 15th in NCAA Division I-AA, and the Black Bears
were Mississippi State's first I-AA opponent since the Bulldogs
beat Jacksonville State two years ago.
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Ohio State remained No. 1 in the AP Top 25 and tied a poll record Sunday despite lagging support from voters. Meanwhile, No. 2 TCU and No. 3 Baylor edged forward and No. 4 Michigan State slipped.
Texas cornerback Kris Boyd has apologized for retweeting a Texas A&M fan during halftime of Texas' 50-7 loss to TCU on Saturday.
The Big 12 on Sunday acknowledged an officiating mistake that incorrectly awarded Oklahoma State a first down Saturday and said the officials involved would be disciplined.
Georgia coach Mark Richt says he's sticking with Greyson Lambert, who was just 10-for-24 for 86 yards in a loss to Alabama, as the Bulldogs starting quarterback.
Will Grier threw four touchdown passes to four receivers -- all in the first half -- and No. 25 Florida downed third-ranked Mississippi 38-10 on Saturday night.
Leonard Fournette highlighted his SEC-record third straight 200-yard game with a 75-yard touchdown run, and No. 9 LSU overcame Eastern Michigan 44-22 on Saturday night.