2:30 PM ET, October 30, 2004
Davis Wade Stadium, STARKVILLE, MS
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 efficiency.
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 two straight.
|3rd Down Conversions||3-16||3-13|
|4th Down Conversions||1-3||0-1|
|TD||13:58||QUINTON CULBERSON 35 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (KEITH ANDREWS KICK)||0||7|
|FG||1:03||KEITH ANDREWS 33 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 48 yards.
|FG||11:35||KEITH ANDREWS 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 29 yards.
|TD||7:14||SHANE BOYD 6 YD RUN (TAYLOR BEGLEY KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||3:17||FRED REID 32 YD RUN (KEITH ANDREWS KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 32 yards.