Vanderbilt 21

(1-5, 0-3 SEC)

Mississippi St 30

(1-4, 1-1 SEC)

2:30 PM ET, October 4, 2003

Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

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VAN 0 7 7 721
MSST 14 3 10 330


STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Mississippi State finally found an opponent it could beat.

Jerious Norwood rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries as the Bulldogs snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 30-21 Southeastern Conference victory over Vanderbilt.

Mississippi State's losing streak was the third-longest in school history and the longest since a 10-game slide in 1988.

The Bulldogs (1-4, 1-1 SEC West) never trailed in this one, avoiding the first 0-5 start on the field in school history. They did have to forfeit their first five games n 1976 and 1977.

Norwood's scored on a five-yard TD run and Kevin Fant tossed a 15-yard TD pass to Chris Young to give Mississippi State a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.

Vanderbilt (1-5, 0-3 SEC East) closed to 17-14 on Norval McKenzie's two-yard TD run with eight minutes left in the third quarter. But Brent Smith kicked a 45-yard field goal and Fant scored on a five-yard keeper to make it 27-14 with 1:32 left in the third.

Fant completed 18-of-30 passes for 215 yards with an interception.

Jay Cutler completed 22-of-35 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns for the Commodores, who have lost eight of the last nine meetings with Mississippi State.