Boxscore
Mississippi State 21, Alabama-Birmingham 3
Saturday, October 8, 2011 12:00 PM
Location - Legion Field
Attendance - 28351

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Mississippi State 0 0 7 14 21
Alabama-Birmingham 0 3 0 0 3

Recap


Tyler Russell came off the bench to shake Mississippi State from its offensive slumber, throwing three second-half touchdowns as the Bulldogs kept host UAB winless, 21-3, Saturday.

The Bulldogs (3-3) trailed 3-0 and totaled just 118 yards of total offense when Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen benched starter Chris Relf for Russell at halftime.

Russell, a sophomore who had thrown 17 passes in two games this season, completed 11-of-13 passes for 166 yards. His 18-yard touchdown to Marcus Green with 5:35 left in the third quarter completed a seven-play, 89-yard drive and gave the Bulldogs a 7-3 lead.

Russell opened the fourth quarter by finding Chad Bumphis on a 57-yard touchdown and hit Malcolm Johnson on a 20-yard touchdown with 5:03 left.

Vick Ballard rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries. Relf completed 6-of-10 passes for 46 yards before being benched. Jonathan Banks recorded his fourth interception of the season.

UAB (0-5) led at halftime for the first time this season. Ty Long’s 37-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the first half capped a 14-play, 73-yard drive, giving the Blazers a 3-0 advantage at intermission.

Mississippi State came in having lost three of its past four, the only win coming in overtime against Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs return to SEC action next Saturday against No. 14 South Carolina. The schedule turns even tougher in November, as Mississippi State plays No. 3 Alabama and No. 12 Arkansas in back-to-back weeks.

UAB plays two of its next three away from home, starting next Saturday at Tulsa.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
2nd Quarter - 0:09
Alabama-Birmingham   FG  Alabama-Birmingham 3 - Mississippi State 0
3rd Quarter - 5:35
Mississippi State   TD  Alabama-Birmingham 3 - Mississippi State 7
4th Quarter - 14:50
Mississippi State   TD  Alabama-Birmingham 3 - Mississippi State 14
4th Quarter - 5:03
Mississippi State   TD  Alabama-Birmingham 3 - Mississippi State 21
TEAMS

Team Records

  Mississippi State Alabama-Birmingham
W/L 3 - 3 - 0 0 - 5 - 0
Conference 0 - 3 - 0 0 - 2 - 0

Team Stats

  Mississippi State Alabama-Birmingham
Score 21 3
First Downs 23 19
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-13
46%
6-for-15
40%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 416 340
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 43-204 35-145
Average/Rush 4.7 4.1
Passing
Comp-Att 17-23 18-36
Passing Yards 212 195
Average/Pass Play 8.5 5.3
Penalties-Yards 2-25 7-79
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 29:44 30:16

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Russell 11/13 166 3 0
C. Relf 6/10 46 0 0
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Perry 18/36 195 0 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
V. Ballard 19 101 5.3 0
L. Perkins 8 43 5.4 0
N. Griffin 4 25 6.2 0
C. Relf 5 12 2.4 0
R. Elliott 1 8 8.0 0
R. Johnson 1 7 7.0 0
T. Russell 3 5 1.7 0
B. Heavens 2 3 1.5 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
P. Shed 16 73 4.6 0
J. Perry 9 44 4.9 0
D. Jackson 3 11 3.7 0
J. Williams 2 11 5.5 0
G. Franklin 3 4 1.3 0
J. Nelson 1 2 2.0 0
D. Vinson 1 0 0.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
C. Bumphis 4 66 16.5 1
A. Clark 4 33 8.2 0
R. Sanders 2 29 14.5 0
V. Ballard 2 24 12.0 0
M. Green 2 23 11.5 1
M. Johnson 1 20 20.0 1
C. Smith 2 17 8.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
G. Franklin 4 38 9.5 0
P. Hearn 3 37 12.3 0
J. Davis 2 34 17.0 0
P. Shed 5 32 6.4 0
J. Williams 3 29 9.7 0
N. Adams 1 25 25.0 0
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