LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Arliss Beach and Rafael Little combined
for 239 yards from scrimmage and Kentucky snapped a four-game
losing streak with a 13-7 win over Mississippi State on Saturday
Little scored on an 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter
and Taylor Begley added field goals of 35 and 33 yards for Kentucky
(2-5, 1-3 Southeastern Conference), which recorded its first win
this season over a Division I-A opponent.
Mississippi State (2-6, 0-5) has lost eight straight SEC games
and 20 straight conference road games, dating to a November 2000
win at Kentucky. The Bulldogs have lost five straight overall since
beating Tulane on Sept. 17.
Jerious Norwood ran for 121 yards on 20 carries to become the
school's leading career rusher, finishing with 2,888 yards. Walter
Packer held the record with 2,820 yards from 1973 through 1976.
Norwood also tied another school record, held by Packer and
James Johnson, with his 12th career 100-yard game. Four of those
games have come against Kentucky, but Mississippi State won only
one of those four.
Little rushed 24 times for 114 yards and caught four passes for
44 yards, and added 89 yards on six punt returns. Fellow tailback
Beach had 81 yards rushing on 14 carries. Andre Woodson, battling
the flu, completed 13-of-27 passes for 141 yards for the Wildcats.
Kentucky led 13-0 midway through the third quarter after
Begley's second field goal, which came at the end of a 12-play,
82-yard drive that started after Wesley Woodyard recovered a
fumbled snap by Mississippi State quarterback Michael Henig at the
The Bulldogs answered with their only scoring drive of the game,
covering 76 yards. Brandon Thornton scored his first career
touchdown on a 19-yard run with 4:47 left in the third quarter.
Mississippi State threatened again midway through the fourth
quarter, driving from its own 1 to the Kentucky 9 before Adam
Carlson pushed a 26-yard field-goal attempt wide right with 7:55
left. The Bulldogs had two more possessions but didn't cross
Kentucky led 10-0 at halftime, the first time the Wildcats owned
a halftime lead all season.
After two ineffective series to start the game by Omarr Conner,
Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom switched to Henig, who
completed 16-of-31 passes for 200 yards.
The Bulldogs never crossed the Kentucky 30 in the first half,
recording only 99 yards of offense. They finished the game with 375
yards, 51 more than Kentucky.