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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.