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Mississippi State QB Prescott to play against No. 11 Texas A&M just days after mother's death

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Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, center, runs the ball upfield during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UTEP, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)The Associated Press

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott will play against No. 11 Texas A&M on Saturday, just days after his mother died of cancer.

There was some uncertainty about Prescott's availability for the game after he missed practice early in the week to be with his family. Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen said on his weekly radio show that Prescott would play.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin raved about Prescott, saying: "he's a big strong guy that can throw it and just run through people."

He has ran for at least 100 yards in three games this season, has thrown for 1,393 yards and five touchdowns and added 10 touchdowns on 568 yards rushing.

The Aggies are hoping to build on two straight solid defensive performances after struggling for most of the season.