2:30 PM ET, October 11, 2003
Davis Wade Stadium, STARKVILLE, MS
STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Fred Reid returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Nick Turner rushed for a pair of scores as Mississippi State continued its dominance of Memphis with a 35-27 victory.
Reid tied the longest kickoff return in school history with 13:45 remaining in the second quarter as the Bulldogs forged a 14-14 tie. Memphis reclaimed the lead on a field goal with 2:58 left in the half, but Turner capped an 83-yard drive with a 19-yard score 2:51 later to give Mississippi State the lead for good.
Turner, who ran for just 26 yards, added a one-yard TD run with 2:40 left in the third quarter and the Bulldogs held on for their ninth consecutive victory over the Tigers - the third-longest streak against an opponent in school history.
Mississippi State has won 31 of 42 all-time meetings with Memphis.
Kevin Fant completed 16-of-34 passes for 245 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Bulldogs (2-4). Jerious Norwood rushed for 85 yards on 22 carries.
Memphis (3-3) lost despite gaining 568 yards, including 398 through the air. Danny Wimprine was 32-of-60 with a touchdown and two intercerceptions and DeAngelo Williams ran 15 times for 119 yards.
Wimprine's favorite target was Darron White, who caught 10 passes for 102 yards. Darren Garcia had four receptions for 104 yards.
|3rd Down Conversions||5-16||7-16|
|4th Down Conversions||0-4||1-1|
|TD||4:50||AARON LUMPKIN 1 YD PASS FROM KEVIN FANT (BRENT SMITH KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||3:21||DARRON WHITE 40 YD RUN (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||0:00||AARON LUMPKIN 16 YD PASS FROM KEVIN FANT (BRENT SMITH KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||14:11||DARRON WHITE 13 YD RUN (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||13:45||FRED REID 100 YD KICK RETURN (BRENT SMITH KICK)||14||21|
|FG||2:58||STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 67 yards.
|TD||0:07||NICK TURNER 19 YD RUN (BRENT SMITH KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 83 yards.
|TD||2:40||NICK TURNER 1 YD RUN (BRENT SMITH KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yards.
|TD||0:21||TAVARIOUS DAVIS 4 YD PASS FROM DANNY WIMPRINE (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 84 yards.
|FG||11:34||STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 56 yards.