Scores

Final

Georgia 12

(1-3, 0-3 SEC)

Mississippi St 24

(2-2, 1-2 SEC)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, September 25, 2010

Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

1 2 3 4 T
UGA 0 6 0 612
MSST 7 0 0 1724

Top Performers

Passing: A. Murray (UGA) - 274 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Relf (MSST) - 20 CAR, 109 YDS

Receiving: T. King (UGA) - 2 REC, 79 YDS, 1 TD

After 9 tries, Mississippi State breaks through against Georgia

Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Chris Relf rushed for 97 yards and threw for 135 yards and a touchdown as Mississippi State beat Georgia 24-12 on Saturday night, breaking a nine-game losing streak in the series dating back to 1974.

Relf completed 8 of 13 passes, producing several big plays with his arm and his feet to help second-year coach Dan Mullen deliver one of the biggest wins of his tenure in front of an announced crowd of 56,721, which is the third-largest in Davis-Wade Stadium history.

"It's a big win for our kids," Mullen said. "I couldn't be prouder of them. The atmosphere was great."

Mississippi State (2-2, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) held Georgia (1-3, 0-3) to just two field goals until the final minutes. Georgia's Aaron Murray completed 18 of 31 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown.

The troubles continue for Georgia, which has lost three games in a row for the first time since 1990 and starts 0-3 in the SEC for the first time since 1993.

The first two losses in the streak came against nationally-ranked teams -- South Carolina and Arkansas. But Saturday's loss comes against a Mississippi State program Georgia has traditionally dominated, winning 16 of 21 all-time coming into the game.

Georgia outgained Mississippi State 387 yards to 314, but lost two first-half fumbles, including one by Washaun Ealey that was less than a yard from a touchdown.

Mistakes were the only constant for Georgia, which was penalized nine times for 63 yards, with several coming at crucial moments.

Mississippi State grabbed a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter after a four-play touchdown drive ended with Vick Ballard's 13-yard run.

Blair Walsh kicked two second-quarter field goals from 25 and 35 yards, respectively, to pull Georgia within 7-6 by halftime.

Mississippi State put the game away with two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, stretching a 10-6 lead to 24-6. The first came on a 33-yard pass from Relf to Arceto Clark with 4:22 remaining while the second was a 1-yard Ballard run with 3:15 left.

Ballard finished with a season-high 77 yards rushing.

Georgia's only touchdown came with 1:27 remaining when Murray hit Taverres King with a 40-yard touchdown. Ealey led the team with 37 yards rushing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UGA
MSST
1st Downs2118
Total Yards387314
Passing274135
Rushing113179
Penalties9-634-30
3rd Down Conversions7-157-13
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers21
Possession30:2929:31

Passing Leaders

GeorgiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Murray18/312748.810
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Relf8/1313510.410

Rushing Leaders

GeorgiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ealey10363.6011
Murray7324.6011
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Relf21974.6020
Ballard14775.5221

Receiving Leaders

GeorgiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
King27939.5140
Durham46416.0031
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bumphis46416.0021
Clark24723.5133

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUGAMSST
TD12:17Vick Ballard 13 Yd Run (Derek Depasquale Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERUGAMSST
FG12:52Blair Walsh 25 Yd 37
FG01:21Blair Walsh 35 Yd 67
FOURTH QUARTERUGAMSST
FG13:59Sean Brauchle 44 Yd 610
TD04:22Arceto Clark 33 Yd Pass From Chris Relf (Sean Brauchle Kick) 617
TD03:15Vick Ballard 1 Yd Run (Sean Brauchle Kick) 624
TD01:27Tavarres King 40 Yd Pass From Aaron Murray (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1224