Boxscore
Mississippi State 59, Memphis 14
Thursday, September 1, 2011 8:00 PM
Location - Liberty Bowl Memorial
Attendance - 33990

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Mississippi State 17 14 14 14 59
Memphis 0 7 0 7 14

Recap


Vick Ballard rushed for a career-high 166 yards and three touchdowns Thursday, and No. 20 Mississippi State set a school record for total offense in a 59-14 blowout of Memphis in the season opener at the Liberty Bowl.

The Bulldogs (1-0) finished with 645 yards of total offense, breaking the school record of 596 yards set against Florida State in 1978.

Mississippi State scored on four of its first six possessions, building a 31-7 halftime lead in beating Memphis for the 12th consecutive time.

Ballard, who rushed for 968 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, scored on a 46-yard run in the first quarter, a 66-yard run in the second quarter and a 1-yard plunge in the third quarter.

Quarterback Chris Relf passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Relf connected with Chad Bumphis on a 44-yard touchdown four minutes in, and found Arceto Clark for a 35-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. Jameon Lewis caught four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for a score.

Artaves Gibson rushed for 73 yards, and Billy Foster scored on a 21-yard run in the second quarter for the Tigers (0-1). Taylor Reed passed for 138 yards and a touchdown.

Mississippi State opens SEC play Sept.10 at Auburn. Memphis travels Sept. 10 to Arkansas State.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:23
Mississippi State   TD  Memphis 0 - Mississippi State 7
1st Quarter - 4:29
Mississippi State   TD  Memphis 0 - Mississippi State 14
1st Quarter - 1:18
Mississippi State   FG  Memphis 0 - Mississippi State 17
2nd Quarter - 13:59
Mississippi State   TD  Memphis 0 - Mississippi State 24
2nd Quarter - 3:19
Memphis   TD  Memphis 7 - Mississippi State 24
2nd Quarter - 1:51
Mississippi State   TD  Memphis 7 - Mississippi State 31
3rd Quarter - 8:35
Mississippi State   TD  Memphis 7 - Mississippi State 38
3rd Quarter - 0:00
Mississippi State   TD  Memphis 7 - Mississippi State 45
4th Quarter - 11:40
Memphis   TD  Memphis 14 - Mississippi State 45
4th Quarter - 11:20
Mississippi State   TD  Memphis 14 - Mississippi State 52
4th Quarter - 2:41
Mississippi State   TD  Memphis 14 - Mississippi State 59
TEAMS

Team Records

  Mississippi State Memphis
W/L 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Mississippi State Memphis
Score 59 14
First Downs 24 19
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-12
33%
8-for-22
36%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-2
50%
1-for-2
50%
Total Yards 645 338
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 38-309 47-164
Average/Rush 8.1 3.5
Passing
Comp-Att 19-31 26-40
Passing Yards 336 174
Average/Pass Play 10.8 4.1
Penalties-Yards 6-30 8-55
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 22:40 37:16

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Relf 13/21 202 2 0
T. Russell 5/9 138 1 0
B. Swedenburg 1/1 -4 0 0
Memphis (0 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Reed 23/35 149 1 1
A. Summerlin 3/5 25 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
V. Ballard 10 166 16.6 3
C. Relf 13 51 3.9 0
T. Russell 2 32 16.0 1
J. Lewis 2 29 14.5 1
R. Elliott 4 16 4.0 0
A. Marcus 1 6 6.0 0
L. Perkins 3 5 1.7 0
M. Carr 1 5 5.0 0
W. Shumpert 2 -1 -0.5 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
A. Gibson 17 85 5.0 0
B. Foster 13 63 4.8 1
J. Rhodes 6 28 4.7 0
T. Reed 5 4 0.8 0
A. Summerlin 4 -3 -0.8 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Lewis 4 113 28.2 1
A. Clark 2 72 36.0 1
C. Bumphis 1 44 44.0 1
S. Williams 3 27 9.0 0
M. Carr 2 26 13.0 0
B. Heavens 1 25 25.0 0
R. Elliott 2 20 10.0 0
C. Smith 2 11 5.5 0
L. Perkins 2 -2 -1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Rucker 7 73 10.4 1
R. Travis 5 43 8.6 0
K. Wright 3 37 12.3 0
T. Rehrer 3 17 5.7 0
J. Rhodes 2 8 4.0 0
C. Baker 2 1 0.5 0
J. Price 1 0 0.0 0
A. Gibson 2 0 0.0 0
B. Foster 1 -5 -5.0 0
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