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MISSISSIPPI ST 30, VANDERBILT 21

10/5/2003

STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Mississippi State finally
found an opponent it could beat.

Jerious Norwood rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 22
carries as the Bulldogs snapped a nine-game losing streak with a
30-21 Southeastern Conference victory over Vanderbilt.

Mississippi State's losing streak was the third-longest in
school history and the longest since a 10-game slide in 1988.

The Bulldogs (1-4, 1-1 SEC West) never trailed in this one,
avoiding the first 0-5 start on the field in school history.
They did have to forfeit their first five games n 1976 and 1977.

Norwood's scored on a five-yard TD run and Kevin Fant tossed a
15-yard TD pass to Chris Young to give Mississippi State a 14-0
lead after the first quarter.

Vanderbilt (1-5, 0-3 SEC East) closed to 17-14 on Norval
McKenzie's two-yard TD run with eight minutes left in the third
quarter. But Brent Smith kicked a 45-yard field goal and Fant
scored on a five-yard keeper to make it 27-14 with 1:32 left in
the third.

Fant completed 18-of-30 passes for 215 yards with an
interception.

Jay Cutler completed 22-of-35 passes for 295 yards and two
touchdowns for the Commodores, who have lost eight of the last
nine meetings with Mississippi State.