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Road woes: Mississippi State has emergency landing after engine failure

Johnathan Williams III, Demetrius Houston, Fallou Ndoye, Trivante Bloodman

Mississippi State’s Demetrius Houston, left, Fallou Ndoye, center, and Missouri’s Johnathan Williams III, right, battle for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in Columbia, Mo. Mississippi State won the game 77-74. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)


Unusual travel occurrences can hit anyone and on Saturday night, two college basketball teams got hit with tough circumstances after road games. Oregon State had to go back to the gate at LAX after a woman was stung by a scorpion, but some scary stuff happened to Mississippi State.

Following a 77-74 road win over Missouri, the Bulldogs boarded a plane home to Starkville in Columbia, Mo. After taking off, the plane lost an engine and the flight was grounded safely in St. Louis. According to a report from Creg Stephenson of, after not being able to take off on a replacement flight to Lexington, the team opted to stay in Missouri. With Mardi Gras festivities taking up the hotel rooms in St. Louis, Mississippi State had to stay at a hotel an hour away in Festus, Missouri.

Bulldog head coach Rick Ray commented on the situation on Twitter:



If you ever find yourself in a travel emergency, stay close to Mississippi State spokesman Gregg Ellis. Ellis was also with the program when they played in the Georgia Dome when a tornado hit the area during a SEC Tournament game against Alabama in 2008.



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