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Southern Mississippi defensive lineman Jacques Turner sacks Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens, who left Saturday’s game late in the first half and didn’t return due to an injury.

 Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead isn’t ruling out senior quarterback Tommy Stevens for Saturday.

MSU coach Joe Moorhead said he doesn't want to rule Stevens out completely for MSU's game against Kansas State after Stevens suffered an upper-body injury against Southern Miss last week.

"He's still day-to-day," Moorhead said. "He came through (Sunday) and got treatment. He's going to get more (Monday) on the players' off day. We're going to see where it goes as the week progresses."

Stevens left State's game against USM at the end of the first half. He did not return. Instead, he stayed on the sideline in the second half to cheer on his teammates with his jersey on but no shoulder pads underneath it.

Stevens was 9-of-10 for 105 yards and two touchdowns before exiting. Moorhead said his starter was on the way to having a "real, real big day" before it was cut short with the ailment, which is believed to be a bruised throwing shoulder.

Running back Kylin Hill made it easy on the backup QB with 14 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown. Hill also had two catches for 19 yards.

The first two games have been impressive outings for Hill, who ranks second nationally with 320 rushing yards. Hill showcased his repertoire on Saturday by running past, over, around and through defenders in addition to improved pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield. It was a scary moment when he had to be helped to the locker room just before halftime but he returned and seemed to even run harder in the second half.

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