Scores

Final

Vanderbilt 21

(1-5, 0-3 SEC)

Mississippi St 30

(1-4, 1-1 SEC)

2:30 PM ET, October 4, 2003

Davis Wade Stadium, STARKVILLE, MS

1 2 3 4 T
VAN 0 7 7 721
MSST 14 3 10 330

MISSISSIPPI ST 30, VANDERBILT 21

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VAN
MSST
1st Downs2622
Total Yards390418
Passing295215
Rushing95203
Penalties3-911-112
3rd Down Conversions6-133-13
4th Down Conversions1-40-0
Turnovers32
Possession28:1931:41

Passing Leaders

VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Cutler22/352958.421-
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Fant18/302157.211-

Rushing Leaders

VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
McKenzie17895.2123
Doster9505.6017
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Norwood221135.1120
Turner12907.5027

Receiving Leaders

VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith912413.8029
Davis34414.7124
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jenkins811814.8122
Lumpkin44611.5016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVANMSST
TD10:50JERIOUS NORWOOD 5 YD RUN (BRENT SMITH KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 41 yards.
07
TD1:40JUSTIN JENKINS 15 YD PASS FROM KEVIN FANT (BRENT SMITH KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yards.
014
SECOND QUARTERVANMSST
TD13:39CHRIS YOUNG 33 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER (TOLGA ERTUGRUL KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
714
FG3:10BRENT SMITH 34 YD FG
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yards.
717
THIRD QUARTERVANMSST
TD8:02NORVAL MCKENZIE 2 YD RUN (TOLGA ERTUGRUL KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 57 yards.
1417
FG3:08BRENT SMITH 45 YD FG
Drive info: 11 plays, 52 yards.
1420
TD1:32KEVIN FANT 5 YD RUN (BRENT SMITH KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 5 yards.
1427
FOURTH QUARTERVANMSST
TD9:07ERIK DAVIS 24 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER (TOLGA ERTUGRUL KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 28 yards.
2127
FG5:43BRENT SMITH 47 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 44 yards.
2130