Mississippi St 13

(1-4, 0-3 SEC)

Vanderbilt 31

(1-3, 1-2 SEC)

7:00 PM ET, October 2, 2004

Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
MSST 7 0 0 613
VAN 3 21 7 031

Top Performers

Passing: J. Cutler (VAN) - 91 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Norwood (MSST) - 12 CAR, 67 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: E. Davis (VAN) - 5 REC, 36 YDS, 1 TD

Vanderbilt 31, Mississippi St. 13

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jay Cutler ran for one touchdown and threw for another as Vanderbilt snapped a 14-game losing streak against Southeastern Conference Western Division teams with a 31-13 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday night.

The Commodores (1-3, 1-2) had lost four straight to the Bulldogs (1-4, 0-3), but used a balanced option attack and capitalized on five Mississippi State turnovers.

Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson had downplayed his team's use of the option, but the Commodores repeatedly took advantage of an unprepared Mississippi State defense for 28 consecutive points, including 21 in the second quarter.

Cutler started the second-quarter scoring by faking an option pitch to freeze defensive lineman Deljuan Robinson and then running through a Mississippi State blitz for a 26-yard touchdown to make it 10-7.

He gave Vanderbilt a 24-7 halftime lead when he found receiver Erik Davis on a slant across the middle for a 13-yard TD with 13 seconds left.

Cutler played sparingly in the second half, and finished with 49 yards rushing and 91 yards passing on 10 of 17 attempts.

Jerious Norwood scored both touchdowns for Mississippi State and finished with 67 yards rushing. He put the Bulldogs up 7-3 in the first quarter on a 10-yard touchdown run, but the Bulldogs did little else right.

Kyle York, who was 16-of-32 for 127 yards in his first start for the injured Omarr Conner, turned the ball over four times by throwing three interceptions -- two by cornerback Bill Alford -- and fumbling on a sack.

Backup Mike Henig also threw an interception in the third quarter, and Matthew Tant scored on an 8-yard TD run two plays later to give Vanderbilt a 31-7 lead.