Mississippi State takes halftime lead

The pace of the game might not be right up Mississippi State's alley, but the Bulldogs have looked plenty comfortable on offense Saturday in taking a 21-17 halftime lead over Arkansas.

Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf looked as good as he has all season in the first half. He threw the ball well, had several key runs and just did an excellent job of running the Bulldogs' offense. When he plays like he did in the first half, this is a tough team to beat.

Coming into this game, you would have given Arkansas the edge had you known the game was going to be back and forth the whole way. We'll see if Mississippi State can continue to play at that pace in the second half.

The Bulldogs did make a couple of key defensive stops, and there was also a Pernell McPhee sighting. He had a big sack, his first of the season, which led to Mississippi State's third touchdown drive of the game.