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


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.