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Prescott has 3 TDs, Robinson runs for 2 as No. 1 Mississippi State outlasts Kentucky 45-31

  • Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

    Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, center, runs for a first down during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

    Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, center, runs for a first down during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles scrambles to get away from the Mississippi State defense during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

    Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles scrambles to get away from the Mississippi State defense during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)  (The Associated Press)

Dak Prescott accounted for three touchdowns, Josh Robinson rushed for two TDs and top-ranked Mississippi State beat Kentucky 45-31 on Saturday.

Playing for the first time atop the rankings, the Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) showed no rust coming off a bye. That was a good thing in a game that resembled a shootout at times, which Mississippi State won with timely touchdowns that held off the stubborn Wildcats (5-3, 2-3).

Kentucky got within a touchdown four times, and Heisman Trophy hopeful Prescott and Robinson answered with TDs on three occasions. Prescott ran for TDs of 2 and 11 yards and hit Brandon Hill for an 8-yard TD.

Robinson's 73-yard touchdown run early in the fourth for a 38-24 lead proved critical after Patrick Towles' 4-yard TD dive with 2:31 remaining brought Kentucky within 38-31.

Christian Holmes' 61-yard kickoff return TD nine seconds later provided the Bulldogs' final answer.