Scores

Final

Mississippi St 38

(1-1, 1-0 away)

Tulane 17

(0-1, 0-1 home)

7:07 PM ET, September 8, 2007

Superior Dome, Marquette, MI

1 2 3 4 T
MSST 14 3 14 738
TULN 14 3 0 017

Top Performers

Passing: M. Henig (MSST) - 223 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Dixon (MSST) - 27 CAR, 131 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Williams (TULN) - 4 REC, 85 YDS

Mississippi St. 38, Tulane 17

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Michael Henig passed for one touchdown and ran for another and Mississippi State outscored Tulane 21-0 in the second half on its way to a 38-17 victory Saturday night in the Superdome.

Henig, who tied a school-record six interceptions in a 45-0 loss to No. 2 LSU in the season opener last week, completed 20-of-31 for 223 yards and threw one interception. He rushed six times for 23 yards.

Anthony Dixon rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. He gained 101 of his yards and scored both of his touchdowns in the second half as the Bulldogs wore down the Green Wave.

Tulane was playing its first game under Bob Toledo, who was last a head coach with UCLA in 2002.

Green Wave quarterback Scott Elliott completed 15-of-26 for 197 yards with one touchdown and one interception before giving way to Anthony Scelfo in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs broke a 17-17 tie on the first possession of the third quarter when Henig completed all five of his passes for 56 yards, ending with an 8-yard touchdown toss to Jeremy Jones.

Later in the quarter, Dixon ran 27 yards for a touchdown that gave Mississippi State a 31-17 lead. Dixon added a 7-yard touchdown run with 9:33 left in the game.

The Bulldogs scored first. On the third play from scrimmage, Elliott's pass was tipped and cornerback Gabe O'Neal grabbed the ball for an interception and ran 47 yards for a touchdown.

Tulane tied the score 7-7 on its next possession, as Matt Forte ran 39 yards for a touchdown.

Another Green Wave turnover led to another Bulldog touchdown later in the quarter. Forte fumbled and O'Neal recovered at the Mississippi State 44. Six plays later, on third-and-9, Henig scrambled 18 yards for a touchdown.

Tulane tied the score again on its next possession. Elliott's 67-yard completion to Jeremy Williams helped set up Elliott's 8-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy McKinney.

Adam Carlson, who missed a 42-yard field goal early in the second quarter, made a 23-yarder to give the Bulldogs a 17-14 lead with 6:25 remaining in the second quarter.

On the ensuing possession, Ross Thevenot kicked a 26-yard field goal to tie the score.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MSST
TULN
1st Downs278
Total Yards489243
Passing223199
Rushing26644
Penalties8-857-60
3rd Down Conversions10-164-12
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers23
Possession39:0420:56

Passing Leaders

Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Henig20/312237.211
TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Elliott15/261977.611

Rushing Leaders

Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon271314.9227
Williams9606.7024
TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Forte14473.4139
Williams188.008

Receiving Leaders

Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith45313.3029
McRae13333.0033
TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams48521.3067
Forte6498.2028

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMSSTTULN
TD13:50Gabe O'Neal 47 Yd Interception Return (Adam Carlson Kick) 70
TD12:16Matt Forte 39 Yd Run (Ross Thevenot Kick) 77
TD05:10Mike Henig 18 Yd Run (Adam Carlson Kick) 147
TD02:33Jeremy Mckinney 8 Yd Pass From Scott Elliott (Ross Thevenot Kick) 1414
SECOND QUARTERMSSTTULN
FG06:25Adam Carlson 23 Yd 1714
FG03:21Ross Thevenot 26 Yd 1717
THIRD QUARTERMSSTTULN
TD11:30Jeremy Jones 8 Yd Pass From Mike Henig (Adam Carlson Kick) 2417
TD05:45Anthony Dixon 27 Yd Run (Adam Carlson Kick) 3117
FOURTH QUARTERMSSTTULN
TD09:33Anthony Dixon 7 Yd Run (Adam Carlson Kick) 3817