Scores

Final

Jackson State 9

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Mississippi St 56

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, September 1, 2012

Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

1 2 3 4 T
JKST 0 6 0 39
MSST 14 21 14 756

Top Performers

Passing: T. Russell (MSST) - 185 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: L. Perkins (MSST) - 9 CAR, 58 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: R. Richardson (JKST) - 7 REC, 95 YDS

Mississippi St. trounces Jackson St. in opener

Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Tyler Russell completed 15 of 23 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mississippi State to a 56-9 win over Jackson State on Saturday night in each team's opener.

Mississippi State finished the game with 377 yards total offense and did not punt the football until the final minute of the third quarter. Dan Mullen's offense was at its balanced best with 183 yards passing and 194 yards rushing.

Jackson State managed 265 yards of offense and 16 first downs, but turned the ball over three times and struggled to sustain drives against a deep Bulldog defense.

On the game's opening drive, Mississippi State moved quickly down the field before Tyler Russell hit Chad Bumphis for a 9-yard touchdown pass. After a missed field goal attempt, Bulldog LaDarius Perkins scored touchdowns on each of the team's next two possessions. Perkins finished the game with 50 yards on eight carries.

Tight end Marcus Green scored on a 13-yard pass from Russell late in the second quarter.

Mississippi State scored on four of its six possessions in the first half and led 35-6 at halftime, its largest first-half output since a 35-6 first half against Alcorn State in 2010.

The Bulldogs returned two Dedric McDonald interceptions for touchdowns. Darius Slay returned one for 52 yards in the first half, and sophomore Matthew Wells ran from 22 yards out in the third quarter. Mississippi State had returned two balls for scores only three other times in school history (2009 vs. Florida, 2002 vs. Memphis, and 1994 vs. Arkansas).

McDonald finished the game 14 of 27 for 136 yards and one touchdown.

Mississippi State's Derrick Milton led all rushers with 65 yards on eight carries and one touchdown.

Receivers Arceto Clark and Jameon Lewis had three catches each to lead the Bulldogs.

Jackson State's Rico Richardson caught a game-high seven passes, and E.J. Drewery caught a 9-yard pass in the second quarter for the Tigers' lone touchdown of the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
JKST
MSST
1st Downs1623
Total Yards265395
Passing156193
Rushing109202
Penalties9-816-64
3rd Down Conversions2-117-12
4th Down Conversions1-12-2
Turnovers30
Possession27:2932:31

Passing Leaders

Jackson StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McDonald14/271365.012
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Russell15/241857.720

Rushing Leaders

Jackson StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lee8455.6017
Moore44210.5019
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Milton8658.1124
Perkins9586.4211

Receiving Leaders

Jackson StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Richardson79513.6038
Drewery4358.8110
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Clark33511.7016
Lewis33210.7017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERJKSTMSST
TD11:19Chad Bumphis 9 Yd Pass From Tyler Russell (Devon Bell Kick) 07
TD04:33LaDarius Perkins 8 Yd Run (Devon Bell Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERJKSTMSST
TD13:41LaDarius Perkins 1 Yd Run (Devon Bell Kick) 021
TD04:44Marcus Green 13 Yd Pass From Tyler Russell (Devon Bell Kick) 028
TD02:32Darius Slay 52 Yd Interception Return (Charllie Grandfield Kick) 035
TD00:45E.J. Drewery 9 Yd Pass From Dedric McDonald (Pat Failed) 635
THIRD QUARTERJKSTMSST
TD05:55Dak Prescott 2 Yd Run (Charllie Grandfield Kick) 642
TD04:49Matthew Wells 22 Yd Interception Return (Charllie Grandfield Kick) 649
FOURTH QUARTERJKSTMSST
FG09:14Ryan Deising 25 Yd 949
TD06:55Derrick Milton 19 Yd Run (Charllie Grandfield Kick) 956