(WTVA) — There were upsets in college football, but one of them didn't happen Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.
Instead, one of them came Saturday night in College Station, Texas.
Quarterback Will Rogers threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns as Mississippi State defeated 15th-ranked Texas A&M 26-22 at Kyle Field.
The victory came just hours after 12th-ranked Ole Miss lost for the first time this season to No. 1 Alabama 42-21 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
"I think we took a step," said Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach when asked about his team stepping up this week. "We've got a ways to go, but we took a step."
The Rebels, however, took a step back with its high-powered offense shut out in the first half 28-0.
Most of those first half points came off a couple of unsuccessful fourth down attempts by Ole Miss in their own territory along with a fumble recovered by the Crimson Tide at the 14-yard-line of the Rebels.
"I'm sure [I] got killed on going for it on fourth down," said Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin. "That's analytics. I believe in our players, and it doesn't work all the time."
Ole Miss (3-1) will return to Oxford next Saturday at 11 a.m. to face Arkansas, who also lost for the first time this season with 2nd-ranked Georgia defeating the Razorbacks 37-0.
Mississippi State (3-2) will have next weekend off before welcoming top-ranked Alabama to Davis Wade Stadium on October 16.