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    Mississippi State Cruises To Victory In Home Opener

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    By Scott Crumbly
    SEC Digital Network
     
    STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a tough loss in Houston last week, Mississippi State rebounded nicely on Saturday with a 51-7 blowout against Alcorn State. The Bulldogs (1-1) put up over 550 yards of offense in their home opener using a balanced attack that included 279 yards through the air and 277 more on the ground.
     
    Dak Prescott opened the scoring in the first quarter with an 11-yard scoring run, which Derrick Milton followed up with a 3-yard score of his own. It was all downhill from there, as the Bulldogs blew the game wide open en route to 44 consecutive points. By the time Tollette George found the end zone for Alcorn State in the fourth, it was all but over and the win was secure for Dan Mullen and the Dogs.
     
    Starting in place of Tyler Russell, Prescott turned in an impressive effort. He completed 12 passes for 174 yards and a pair of scores while carrying four times for 20 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Ashton Shumpert, Nick Griffin and Milton all found the end zone in the running game for MSU, and the Bulldogs controlled the time of possession to the tune of 38:53 to 20:34 for Alcorn.
     
    Alcorn State was limited to just 163 yards of offense in the loss, with a meager 28 yards coming on the ground. MSU forced three turnovers on the afternoon and cruised to their first win of the year.
     
    Mississippi State has now won four of its five home-opening games under coach Mullen.
     
    Statistical Leaders
     
    Mississippi State
     
    Passing – Dak Prescott, 12-for-19, 174 yards, 2 TD
    Rushing – Ashton Shumpert, 22 car, 98 yards, 2 TD
    Receiving – Fred Ross, 3 rec, 46 yards
     
    Alcorn State
     
    Passing – J. Gibbs Jr., 11-for-25, 135 yards, TD, INT
    Rushing – Arnold Walker, 10 car, 23 yards
    Receiving – Tollete George, 4 rec, 80 yards, TD
     
    Quick Notes
    Mississippi State has won 15 of its last 21 home openers.
    Under Mullen, MSU is averaging 41.4 points per game in five home-opening games.
    The Bulldogs are now 4-0 all-time against teams from the SWAC.