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    Mississippi State Tops South Alabama


    By: Scott Crumbly
    Twitter: @ScottCrumbly
    SEC Digital Network

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State welcomed South Alabama to Starkville on Saturday night, and the Bulldogs were not kind to their guests. MSU followed the lead of running back LaDarius Perkins, and the Bulldogs handed the Jaguars a 30-10 loss.

    Perkins scored the game’s first touchdown early in the second quarter on a 44-yard run, and he rounded out the evening with 69 yards on 11 carries to lead Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0 SEC) in rushing. Dak Prescott and Tyler Russell also found the end zone on the ground for the Bulldogs, who improved to 4-0 on the year with the win.

    Jaguars quarterback C.J. Bennett had some success against the MSU defense, but he was picked off once and the Bulldogs recorded another interception from Ross Metheny. The key quarter for MSU was the second, when they scored 20 unanswered points to take a big lead into half and give the defense a cushion to work with in the second half.

    Brandon Heavens led the Bulldogs in the receiving department on the evening, recording 55 yards on 3 receptions.

    Statistical Leaders

    Mississippi State

    Passing – Tyler Russell, 13-for-27, 171 yards, INT
    Rushing – LaDarius Perkins, 11 car, 69 yards, TD
    Receiving – Brandon Heavens, 3 rec, 55 yards

    South Alabama

    Passing – C.J. Bennett, 7-for-21, 48 yards, 3 INT
    Rushing – Demetre Baker, 12 car, 49 yards
    Receiving – Bryant Lavender, 6 rec, 80 yards