Scores

Final

Alcorn State 16

(3-1, 1-1 away)

Mississippi St 49

(3-2, 3-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, October 2, 2010

Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

1 2 3 4 T
ALCN 0 16 0 016
MSST 7 28 0 1449

Top Performers

Passing: C. Relf (MSST) - 209 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: V. Ballard (MSST) - 8 CAR, 119 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: C. Bumphis (MSST) - 9 REC, 133 YDS, 2 TD

Vick Ballard paces Mississippi State in blowout

Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Vick Ballard rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns, leading Mississippi State to a 49-16 victory over Alcorn State on Saturday.

Mississippi State (3-2) dominated from the start, opening with an eight-play touchdown drive. The Bulldogs led 35-16 at halftime.

Alcorn State (3-1) scored all 16 of its points in the second quarter. The Braves moved the ball efficiently with 330 total yards and 16 first downs, but were 5-for-15 on third-down conversions and struggled deep in Mississippi State territory.

The Bulldogs racked up 566 yards of total offense, plus another 153 yards and a touchdown on three Leon Berry kickoff returns. Chad Bumphis made nine catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Mississippi State starting quarterback Chris Relf completed 11 of 15 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, while freshman backup Tyler Russell was 8-for-14 for 127 yards and an interception.

Alcorn State quarterback Brandon Bridge completed 13 of 24 passes and rushed for 103 yards. He rushed for a 78-yard touchdown and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Singleton to pull the Braves within eight points at 21-13.

But the Bulldogs' offense and special teams couldn't be stopped.

Berry's 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the second quarter gave the Bulldogs their 35-16 halftime advantage.

Mississippi State tacked on two fourth-quarter touchdowns, one on a 75-yard run by Ballard.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ALCN
MSST
1st Downs1620
Total Yards330566
Passing209336
Rushing121230
Penalties8-579-75
3rd Down Conversions5-157-11
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers02
Possession33:3426:26

Passing Leaders

Alcorn StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bridge13/241938.010
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Relf11/1520913.920

Rushing Leaders

Alcorn StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bridge10777.7178
Caldwell13262.0021
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ballard811914.9375
Perkins10484.8130

Receiving Leaders

Alcorn StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Singleton46616.5135
Lewis15757.0057
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bumphis913314.8255
Berry39732.3058

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERALCNMSST
TD11:51Chad Bumphis 3 Yd Pass From Chris Relf (Sean Brauchle Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERALCNMSST
TD12:50Vick Ballard 17 Yd Run (Sean Brauchle Kick) 014
TD12:25Brandon Bridge 78 Yd Run (Arturo Tamayo Kick) 714
TD08:43Chad Bumphis 7 Yd Pass From Chris Relf (Sean Brauchle Kick) 721
TD05:40Ryan Singleton 20 Yd Pass From Brandon Bridge (Pat Failed) 1321
TD04:21Vick Ballard 1 Yd Run (Sean Brauchle Kick) 1328
FG01:35Arturo Tamayo 43 Yd 1628
TD01:22Leon Berry 97 Yd Kickoff Return (Sean Brauchle Kick) 1635
FOURTH QUARTERALCNMSST
TD13:46Vick Ballard 75 Yd Run (Sean Brauchle Kick) 1642
TD02:40LaDarius Perkins 2 Yd Run (Sean Brauchle Kick) 1649