STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Fred Reid returned a
kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Nick Turner rushed for a
pair of scores as Mississippi State continued its dominance of
Memphis with a 35-27 victory.
Reid tied the longest kickoff return in school history with
13:45 remaining in the second quarter as the Bulldogs forged a
14-14 tie. Memphis reclaimed the lead on a field goal with 2:58
left in the half, but Turner capped an 83-yard drive with a
19-yard score 2:51 later to give Mississippi State the lead for
Turner, who ran for just 26 yards, added a one-yard TD run with
2:40 left in the third quarter and the Bulldogs held on for
their ninth consecutive victory over the Tigers - the
third-longest streak against an opponent in school history.
Mississippi State has won 31 of 42 all-time meetings with
Kevin Fant completed 16-of-34 passes for 245 yards, two
touchdowns and an interception for the Bulldogs (2-4). Jerious
Norwood rushed for 85 yards on 22 carries.
Memphis (3-3) lost despite gaining 568 yards, including 398
through the air. Danny Wimprine was 32-of-60 with a touchdown
and two intercerceptions and DeAngelo Williams ran 15 times for
Wimprine's favorite target was Darron White, who caught 10
passes for 102 yards. Darren Garcia had four receptions for 104