Scores

Final

Houston 28

(4-3, 2-2 American)

Mississippi St 16

(2-5, 0-4 SEC)

2:30 PM ET, October 22, 2005

Davis Wade Stadium, STARKVILLE, MS

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 14 7 728
MSST 3 10 3 016

Top Performers

Passing: K. Kolb (HOU) - 218 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Norwood (MSST) - 24 CAR, 257 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Briles (HOU) - 4 REC, 46 YDS, 1 TD

HOUSTON 28, MISSISSIPPI ST 16 

STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Jackie Battle and Houston made sure that a break in Mississippi State's schedule did not result in an end to its losing streak.

Battled rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns and Kevin Kolb threw for 218 yards and a score as Houston recorded a 28-16 victory over Mississippi State, which wasted a superb effort by Jerious Norwood.

The Bulldogs (2-5) entered with a three-game losing streak - all against ranked opponents - by a combined score of 95-26. Mississippi State appeared early as if it would take advantage of a lesser opponent, jumping out to a 13-7 lead.

However, Vincent Marshall provided Houston (4-3) with a spark with a 56-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the second quarter and the Cougars never looked back.

Kolb, who completed 20-of-29 passes without an interception, pushed the lead to 21-13 early in the third quarter with an 11-yard strike to Kendal Briles.

Battle capped the scoring with a two-yard TD run with just over five minutes remaining for Houston, which won for the third time in four games.

The Cougars did an excellent job of containing Bulldogs quarterback Omarr Conner, who completed just 14-of-31 for 84 yards. Norwood was Mississippi State's entire offense, accounting for 257 yards on 24 carries, including a 66-yard TD run midway through the second quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
MSST
1st Downs1916
Total Yards370328
Passing21884
Rushing152244
Penalties3-204-21
3rd Down Conversions6-156-18
4th Down Conversions1-12-3
Turnovers10
Possession30:0129:59

Passing Leaders

HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Kolb20/292187.510-
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Conner14/31842.700-

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Battle16815.1215
Kolb9242.7023
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Norwood2425710.7166
Thornton4123.0013

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Avery66110.2021
Marshall44912.3029
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Norwood492.305
Milons33311.0015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUMSST
FG3:45KEITH ANDREWS 35 YD FG
Drive info: 5 plays, 55 yards.
03
SECOND QUARTERHOUMSST
FG14:03KEITH ANDREWS 44 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 35 yards.
06
TD11:29JACKIE BATTLE 3 YD RUN (BEN BELL KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
76
TD10:03JERIOUS NORWOOD 66 YD RUN (KEITH ANDREWS KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 73 yards.
713
TD3:36VINCENT MARSHALL 56 YD PUNT RETURN (BEN BELL KICK)1413
THIRD QUARTERHOUMSST
TD10:13KENDAL BRILES 11 YD PASS FROM KEVIN KOLB (BEN BELL KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 60 yards.
2113
FG1:29ADAM CARLSON 20 YD FG
Drive info: 13 plays, 78 yards.
2116
FOURTH QUARTERHOUMSST
TD5:36JACKIE BATTLE 2 YD RUN (BEN BELL KICK)
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yards.
2816