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College football news: Mississippi State wins SEC game, Marlins Park bowl announced

It wasn't a stellar day for the people of Mississippi, but it was almost a lot worse.

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Mississippi State holds off Kentucky 28-22

Mississippi State very nearly lost to Kentucky on Thursday night, but Maxwell Smith's pass on fourth-and-7 hit the turf, and the Bulldogs were able to run out the final 21 seconds of clock from their own 29-yard-line to hold on for the 6-point victory. The Bulldogs outgained the Wildcats, 447-325, but an impressive yardage differential wouldn't have made a bit of difference to Mississippi State fans if their team had found a way to lose this one at home. With the win, Mississippi State picked up its first conference win, and Dan Mullen preserved his job.

Elsewhere, Middle Tennessee outgunned Marshall, 51-49, to reach 4-4.

Mississippi man arrested for attempting to extort $3.5 million from Louisville

Thomas E. Ray III of Jackson, Miss., was arrested on Thursday on charges of extortion and threatening injury to the reputation of the University of Louisville Athletic Association. In April of this year, Ray -- under the alias "Melinda White" -- sent an email to Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, claiming to have knowledge of a point-shaving scandal and threatening to go public if he was not paid $3.5 million dollars. This went about as well for Ray as you might have expected. Jurich immediately notified the proper authorities, which resulted in an FBI investigation that culminated with an indictment from the United States Attorney's Office. Ray tried a similar scam against Best Buy in 2003, resulting in a two-year jail sentence.

Miami Beach Bowl is happening

To be played at the home of the Miami Marlins (as demonstrated here), the new game will feature the American every year, with three other mid-major conferences contributing its opponents.

Louis Nix won't travel to Air Force due to knee tendonitis

Star Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III has battled through a number of nagging injuries during the 2013 season, but it's knee tendonitis that will prevent him from traveling with the teams for Saturday's game against the Air Force Academy. Tendonitis is a condition that can linger, so his availability for Notre Dame's Nov. 2 home game against Navy will likely remain an open question heading into next week. Nix also injured his shoulder in last week's 14-10 win against USC and, despite being banged up for much of his senior season, is expected to be an early selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Every player on Maryland's team is injured (almost)

You can almost always circle the annual matchup between the Tigers and Terrapins as a potential trap game for Clemson, but with Maryland missing so many starters, Randy Edsall's squad might have a tough time of it on Saturday in College Park. Quarterback C.J. Brown will be out with an unspecified injury, forcing sophomore backup Caleb Rowe into action. The Terps will also be without starting linebacker L.A. Goree, starting safety Anthony Nixon, starting tight end Dave Stinebaugh, and starting running back Brandon Ross.

Colt Lyerla arrested for cocaine possession

Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla was arrested on Wednesday night when he a pair of detectives observed him in a vehicle snorting a white, powdery substance that Lyerla later admitted was cocaine. Lylerla allegedly attempted to flee the scene, resulting in an additional charge of interfering with a police officer. Lyelra left the Duck football team earlier this month for unspecified reasons.

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