Boxscore
Mississippi State 23, Wake Forest 17
Friday, December 30, 2011 6:40 PM
Location - LP Field
Attendance - 55208

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Wake Forest 7 0 7 3 17
Mississippi State 7 9 0 7 23

Recap


Vick Ballard rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns, and Mississippi State overcame a sloppy performance to beat Wake Forest 23-17 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.

The Bulldogs (7-6) committed four turnovers, but the combination of Ballard’s rushing and strong defense led Mississippi State to its fifth consecutive bowl victory.

Ballard, who set a career high for rushing yards, tied the game at 7-7 with a 60-yard touchdown run off right tackle with 3:04 left in the first quarter. Two minutes into the fourth quarter, with the Bulldogs clinging to a 16-14 advantage, Ballard broke loose down the right sideline for a 72-yard touchdown run to push the Mississippi State lead to 23-14.

Wake Forest (6-7) pulled within 23-17 on Jimmy Newman’s 46-yard field goal with 3:27 remaining. The Demon Deacons got the ball back at their 28-yard line with 2:15 left, but only picked up three yards before turning the ball over on downs.

Wake Forest finished with just 288 yards of total offense. Demon Deacons quarterback Tanner Price passed for 214 yards, but Wake Forest rushed for only 64 yards.

Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf started and played the entire game, throwing two interceptions. But Relf found Arceto Clark for a 31-yard touchdown with 12:41 left in the first half, giving the Bulldogs a 13-7 advantage.

The Demon Deacons closed the season with six losses in their final eight games.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 4:24
Wake Forest   TD  Mississippi State 0 - Wake Forest 7
1st Quarter - 3:04
Mississippi State   TD  Mississippi State 7 - Wake Forest 7
2nd Quarter - 12:41
Mississippi State   TD  Mississippi State 13 - Wake Forest 7
2nd Quarter - 5:44
Mississippi State   FG  Mississippi State 16 - Wake Forest 7
3rd Quarter - 11:00
Wake Forest   TD  Mississippi State 16 - Wake Forest 14
4th Quarter - 12:53
Mississippi State   TD  Mississippi State 23 - Wake Forest 14
4th Quarter - 3:27
Wake Forest   FG  Mississippi State 23 - Wake Forest 17
TEAMS

Team Records

  Wake Forest Mississippi State
W/L 6 - 7 - 0 7 - 6 - 0
Conference 5 - 3 - 0 2 - 6 - 0

Team Stats

  Wake Forest Mississippi State
Score 17 23
First Downs 21 14
3rd Down Efficiency 2-for-17
12%
5-for-13
38%
4th Down Efficiency 3-for-5
60%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 288 382
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 37-64 39-253
Average/Rush 1.7 6.5
Passing
Comp-Att 26-48 12-20
Passing Yards 224 129
Average/Pass Play 4.1 6.1
Penalties-Yards 5-39 6-48
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-2
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Time of Possession 35:50 24:10

PLAYER STATS

Wake Forest (6 - 7)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Price 24/46 214 0 0
T. Davis 1/1 9 0 0
A. Wulfeck 1/1 1 0 0
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Relf 12/19 129 1 2
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
B. Pendergrass 24 73 3.0 1
O. Reynolds 2 8 4.0 0
C. Givens 2 6 3.0 0
T. Bohanon 1 1 1.0 1
T. Price 8 -24 -3.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
V. Ballard 14 180 12.9 2
C. Relf 15 64 4.3 0
L. Perkins 6 15 2.5 0
C. Bumphis 2 -4 -2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Campanaro 10 128 12.8 0
C. Givens 9 54 6.0 0
B. Pendergrass 2 19 9.5 0
T. Price 1 9 9.0 0
A. Parker 2 9 4.5 0
D. Dembry 1 4 4.0 0
J. Bush 1 1 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
C. Smith 5 47 9.4 0
A. Clark 2 38 19.0 1
M. Johnson 1 37 37.0 0
V. Ballard 2 9 4.5 0
L. Perkins 1 1 1.0 0
C. Bumphis 1 -3 -3.0 0
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