STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Fred Reid rushed for 109 yards,
including a 32-yard touchdown run with 3:34 remaining, to give
Mississippi State a 22-7 win Saturday over Kentucky, one week after
the Bulldogs pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season.
Jerious Norwood ran for 165 yards, his third straight 100-yard
rushing performance for Mississippi State (3-5, 2-3 Southeastern
Conference), which had no problem showing the same intensity it
took to beat Florida last weekend.
The last eight days have been filled with both good and bad news
for the Bulldogs. In between beating the Gators and the Wildcats,
Mississippi State learned it was stripped of eight scholarships
over the next two seasons and placed on probation for four years by
the NCAA for recruiting violations before coach Sylvester Croom
arrived in Starkville.
The struggles continued on offense for Kentucky (1-7, 0-5), who
rank last in the SEC in scoring, total offense and passing
Mississippi State had four sacks and harassed quarterback Shane
Boyd the entire game, but the Wildcats kept the score close until
late in the fourth.
With 10 minutes remaining, punter Anthony Thornton threw a
25-yard pass to Roger Williams on a fake punt to convert a
4th-and-13. Four plays later, Boyd scored on a 6-yard run up the
middle to cut Mississippi State's lead to 13-7.
The momentum, however, would swing right back to Mississippi
State on Kentucky's next possession when Boyd got sacked in the end
zone by Titus Brown for a safety.
Reid's TD run put the game away.
Boyd completed 11-of-24 passes for 103 yards and an interception
on his first pass. Quinton Culberson picked off the pass and
returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to put Mississippi State ahead
7-0 in the first quarter.
Mississippi State led 10-0 at the half.
The Wildcats have lost six straight and are the only SEC team
winless in conference play. Kentucky's only SEC win last year came
against Mississippi State, and the Wildcats had beaten the Bulldogs