Mississippi State 44, Rice 7

Date - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 4:00 PM
Location - Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 57846

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Rice 7 0 0 0 7
Mississippi State 7 20 14 3 44

Recap


Mississippi State 44, Rice 7:
Dak Prescott threw for 283 yards and three scores and added a pair of rushing touchdowns as the Bulldogs dominated the Owls in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

Prescott completed 17-of-28 passes and formed a strong connection with Jameon Lewis, who hauled in nine catches for a school-record 220 yards. Prescott led Mississippi State (7-6) with 78 rushing yards as the Bulldogs closed out the season with three straight victories.

Taylor McHargue was held to 8-of-15 passing for 84 yards as Rice (10-4) managed just 145 total yards. Charles Ross rushed for a 1-yard touchdown but the Owls could not avoid the largest margin of defeat in Liberty Bowl history.

Ross’ score came with 6:41 left in the first quarter and gave Rice a 7-0 lead before Mississippi completely took over. Prescott hit LaDarius Perkins with a 10-yard pass to tie it and Ashton Shumpert’s 1-yard run put the Bulldogs on top.

Prescott found Malcolm Johnson for a 13-yard TD and hit Artimas Samuel for a 4-yard score with 10 seconds left in the half to send the Bulldogs into the break up 27-7. Prescott took to the ground in the third quarter, scoring from 5 and 11 yards out as Mississippi State put the game away.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Lewis nearly doubled his previous career high (113) in receiving yards. … Rice, which won Conference USA, had a four-game winning streak come to an end. … Rice came in ranked 15th nationally in rushing offense but managed just 61 yards on 32 carries.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 6:41
Rice   TD  Mississippi State 0 - Rice 7
1st Quarter - 2:01
Mississippi State   TD  Mississippi State 7 - Rice 7
2nd Quarter - 9:49
Mississippi State   TD  Mississippi State 14 - Rice 7
2nd Quarter - 4:32
Mississippi State   TD  Mississippi State 20 - Rice 7
2nd Quarter - 0:10
Mississippi State   TD  Mississippi State 27 - Rice 7
3rd Quarter - 7:25
Mississippi State   TD  Mississippi State 34 - Rice 7
3rd Quarter - 1:42
Mississippi State   TD  Mississippi State 41 - Rice 7
4th Quarter - 4:45
Mississippi State   FG  Mississippi State 44 - Rice 7
TEAMS

Team Records

  Rice Mississippi State
W/L 10 - 4 - 0 7 - 6 - 0
Conference 8 - 1 - 0 3 - 5 - 0

Team Stats

  Rice Mississippi State
Score 7 44
First Downs 7 27
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-14
29%
8-for-12
67%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-2
50%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 145 533
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 32-61 46-239
Average/Rush 1.9 5.2
Passing
Comp-Att 8-16 18-30
Passing Yards 84 294
Average/Pass Play 4.2 9.5
Penalties-Yards 3-18 2-30
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Time of Possession 24:42 35:18

PLAYER STATS

Rice (10 - 4)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. McHargue 8/15 84 0 0
D. Jackson 0/1 0 0 0
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Prescott 17/28 283 3 0
D. Williams 1/2 11 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
C. Ross 10 28 2.8 1
J. Davis 7 21 3.0 0
L. Turner 4 17 4.2 0
D. Parks 1 2 2.0 0
T. McHargue 6 -2 -0.3 0
D. Jackson 3 -4 -1.3 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Prescott 14 78 5.6 2
L. Perkins 13 47 3.6 0
J. Robinson 3 45 15.0 0
A. Shumpert 7 29 4.1 1
N. Griffin 4 18 4.5 0
D. Williams 3 11 3.7 0
S. Cowart 1 6 6.0 0
J. Hand 1 5 5.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Parks 3 38 12.7 0
C. Cella 1 19 19.0 0
K. Kubiak 1 15 15.0 0
D. Moore 1 6 6.0 0
A. Gautreaux 1 4 4.0 0
J. Taylor 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Lewis 9 220 24.4 0
D. Wilson 3 37 12.3 0
M. Johnson 1 13 13.0 1
R. Johnson 1 10 10.0 0
L. Perkins 1 10 10.0 1
A. Samuel 1 4 4.0 1
J. Robinson 1 3 3.0 0
A. Shumpert 1 -3 -3.0 0