I-A College Football
           === No. 23 Mississippi State rushes past South Alabama ===
 Starkville,  MS (Sports  Network) -  Mississippi State  rushed for  a trio  of
 touchdowns  on  Saturday, as the  23rd-ranked Bulldogs defeated South Alabama,
 30-10, at Davis Wade Stadium.
 LaDarius  Perkins led  the Mississippi State ground attack with 69 yards and a
 score on 11 carries, while quarterbacks Dak Prescott and Tyler Russell added a
 rushing  touchdown  apiece for the  Bulldogs (4-0), who are undefeated through
 four weeks for the first time since 1999.
 Russell  finished 13-of-27  passing  for  171 yards  and  an interception  and
 Brandon  Heavens hauled in  three passes for 55 yards to help MSU win its 14th
 straight game against a non-conference opponent.
 "I wasn't real happy with our overall performance today, but 50 percent of the
 people  in the  country  are very  sad  right now  and we  get  to be  happy,"
 Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen remarked.
 C.J.  Bennett went  14-of-26  passing for  154 yards,  one  touchdown and  one
 interception  in place  of starter  Ross Metheny,  who completed  just 8-of-17
 passes for 70 yards and an interception.
 Greg  Hollinger hauled in Bennett's lone touchdown score, as the Jaguars (1-3)
 dropped their final non-league contest before making their Sun Belt Conference
 debut next week at home against Troy.
 "To be able to play with teams like Mississippi State, we have to get better,"
 Jaguars  coach  Joey Jones  admitted. "We are  a young team.  We are trying to
 learn and fight our way through these games. Nobody is going to feel sorry for
 us because we are a new program."
 Mississippi  State struck  first  in  the second  quarter  when Perkins  broke
 through the line and took it 44 yards for the score.
 After  a South  Alabama punt, Russell moved the Bulldogs down the field before
 Prescott  capped a 9-play, 80-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run to extend
 the margin to 14-0 midway through the second.
 Devon  Bell  knocked a 42-yard field  goal through the uprights on Mississippi
 State's next possession to press the lead to 17-0.
 Tyrell  Pearson  intercepted Russell  late in  the second  to give the Jaguars
 possession  in MSU  territory, but Nickoe Whitley picked off Metheny two plays
 later and returned it 66 yards to the South Alabama 26.
 Bell  then  added another 42-yarder as  time expired to send the Bulldogs into
 the locker room with a 20-0 advantage.
 South  Alabama got a 22-yard field goal from Michael Chapuseaux on the opening
 drive  of the second  half to get them on the board, but Jameon Lewis took the
 ensuing kickoff 49 yards to set the Bulldogs up at midfield.
 Russell  found Arceto  Clark two plays later for 46 yards before finishing off
 the drive three plays later with a 1-yard plunge.
 After  a  USA punt,  Mississippi State  put together  a 12-play, 44-yard drive
 that  chewed up nearly  six minutes before Bell buried a 31-yard field goal on
 the first play of the fourth quarter to increase the lead to 30-3.
 Bennett  hit  Hollinger for  an 18-yard  touchdown pass late  in the fourth to
 account for the final margin.
                                   Game Notes
 Mississippi  State's school record for consecutive non-conference victories is
 18,  set from  1941-47 ... MSU outgained  USA 356-347 ... South Alabama had 21
 first downs, compared to 15 for Mississippi State.
 09/23 00:17:09 ET

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