2:30 PM ET, October 4, 2003
Davis Wade Stadium, STARKVILLE, MS
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.
|3rd Down Conversions||6-13||3-13|
|4th Down Conversions||1-4||0-0|
|TD||10:50||JERIOUS NORWOOD 5 YD RUN (BRENT SMITH KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 41 yards.
|TD||1:40||JUSTIN JENKINS 15 YD PASS FROM KEVIN FANT (BRENT SMITH KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||13:39||CHRIS YOUNG 33 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER (TOLGA ERTUGRUL KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||3:10||BRENT SMITH 34 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||8:02||NORVAL MCKENZIE 2 YD RUN (TOLGA ERTUGRUL KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 57 yards.
|FG||3:08||BRENT SMITH 45 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 52 yards.
|TD||1:32||KEVIN FANT 5 YD RUN (BRENT SMITH KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 5 yards.
|TD||9:07||ERIK DAVIS 24 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER (TOLGA ERTUGRUL KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 28 yards.
|FG||5:43||BRENT SMITH 47 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 44 yards.