Damian Williams

South Alabama stuns Mississippi State 21-20 after missed FG

South Alabama quarterback Dallas Davis thought he'd be nervous before his first career start — against a Southeastern Conference opponent, no less — until he walked onto the field at Mississippi State.

He heard the deafening cowbells. He saw the big crowd. He knew his side was a huge underdog.

And somehow, he relaxed.

The Jaguars pulled the first major upset of the college football season, holding off Mississippi State 21-20 Saturday when Westin Graves' 28-yard field goal try smacked off the upright and fell away in the final seconds.

Facing a team favored by four touchdowns, Davis capped a late comeback by throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Gerald...