Mississippi State 30, South Alabama 10

Date - Saturday, September 22, 2012 7:00 PM
Location - Davis Wade Stadium
Attendance - 55186

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
South Alabama 0 0 3 7 10
Mississippi State 0 20 7 3 30

Recap


No. 23 Mississippi State 30, South Alabama 10
: LaDarius Perkins and Dak Prescott rushed for touchdowns in the second quarter as the host Bulldogs overcame a sluggish start to defeat the Jaguars and improve to 4-0 for the first time since 1999.

After the Bulldogs punted on their first four possessions, Perkins ripped off a 44-yard TD run to open the scoring with 12:20 left in the half.

Prescott added a 2-yard TD run before Devon Bell booted a pair of 42-yard field goals to give Mississippi State a 20-0 halftime lead.

Perkins rushed for 69 yards on 11 carries to lead the Bulldogs while Tyler Russell struggled, connecting on just 13 of 27 passes for 171 yards with an interception.

South Alabama (1-3) was held to 123 yards rushing and was kept out of the end zone until C.J. Bennett's 18-yard TD pass to Greg Hollinger completed the scoring with 4:14 left.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Bulldogs improved to 4-0 for only the fifth time in school history and just the second time since 1965. ... After a bye next week, they open Southeastern Conference play at Kentucky on Oct. 6. ... Mississippi State's Chad Bumphis, who is tied with Eric Moulds and Justin Jenkins for the school career record with 17 TD receptions, had just two catches for 35 yards.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
2nd Quarter - 12:18
Mississippi State   TD  Mississippi State 7 - South Alabama 0
2nd Quarter - 5:38
Mississippi State   TD  Mississippi State 14 - South Alabama 0
2nd Quarter - 3:20
Mississippi State   FG  Mississippi State 17 - South Alabama 0
2nd Quarter - 0:00
Mississippi State   FG  Mississippi State 20 - South Alabama 0
3rd Quarter - 9:59
South Alabama   FG  Mississippi State 20 - South Alabama 3
3rd Quarter - 7:56
Mississippi State   TD  Mississippi State 27 - South Alabama 3
4th Quarter - 14:56
Mississippi State   FG  Mississippi State 30 - South Alabama 3
4th Quarter - 4:14
South Alabama   TD  Mississippi State 30 - South Alabama 10
TEAMS

Team Records

  South Alabama Mississippi State
W/L 1 - 3 - 0 4 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 1 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  South Alabama Mississippi State
Score 10 30
First Downs 21 15
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-15
33%
5-for-14
36%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 347 356
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 30-123 37-156
Average/Rush 4.1 4.2
Passing
Comp-Att 22-43 14-29
Passing Yards 224 200
Average/Pass Play 5.1 6.7
Penalties-Yards 2-20 6-45
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Time of Possession 30:35 29:25

PLAYER STATS

South Alabama (1 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Bennett 14/26 154 1 1
R. Metheny 8/17 70 0 1
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Russell 13/27 171 0 1
D. Prescott 1/2 29 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Baker 12 49 4.1 0
C. Bennett 3 29 9.7 0
K. Houston 8 21 2.6 0
D. Jones 1 19 19.0 0
R. Metheny 6 5 0.8 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. Perkins 11 69 6.3 1
D. Milton 7 38 5.4 0
J. Robinson 6 31 5.2 0
N. Griffin 4 14 3.5 0
D. Prescott 5 10 2.0 1
J. Lewis 1 1 1.0 0
C. Bumphis 1 -3 -3.0 0
T. Russell 2 -4 -2.0 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Lavender 6 80 13.3 0
J. Jones 4 49 12.2 0
G. Hollinger 3 49 16.3 1
C. Waldon 2 17 8.5 0
T. Glover 4 12 3.0 0
D. Jones 1 8 8.0 0
C. Broadnax 1 5 5.0 0
K. Houston 1 4 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Heavens 3 55 18.3 0
A. Clark 1 46 46.0 0
C. Smith 3 45 15.0 0
C. Bumphis 2 35 17.5 0
J. Lewis 1 8 8.0 0
R. Johnson 1 6 6.0 0
R. Sanders 1 3 3.0 0
S. Hemphill 1 3 3.0 0
L. Perkins 1 -1 -1.0 0