Mississippi St 16

(1-3, 1-0 away)

UAB 10

(1-3, 1-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 23, 2006

Legion Field (AL), Birmingham, AL

1 2 3 4 OT T
MSST 0 3 0 7 616
UAB 0 7 0 3 010

Top Performers

Passing: O. Conner (MSST) - 115 YDS

Rushing: A. Dixon (MSST) - 19 CAR, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Mencer (UAB) - 5 REC, 58 YDS

Mississippi State beats UAB in OT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Omarr Conner jumped across the goal line for a touchdown in overtime and Mississippi State got its first win Saturday with a 16-10 victory over UAB.

Conner -- State's third starting quarterback this season after Michael Henig was hurt in the opener -- was swarmed by teammates after the 21-yard run. UAB challenged the TD call, but it stood after a video review.

UAB had gotten the ball first in overtime, but Adron Chambers picked off Chris Williams' pass in the end zone on the second play to hold the Blazers.

Mississippi State (1-3) rallied on offense after a night of mistakes and then kept UAB (1-3) out of the end zone just to get to overtime.

Trailing 7-3 in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs got the ball at the UAB 46 after a 25-yard punt return by Derek Pegues.

UAB fans went wild when the Blazer defense stopped Conner just short of the goal line on fourth-and-3. But the gain was enough for a first down, and Anthony Dixon went in from the 1 for a score on the next play.

The teams traded punts before the Bulldogs stopped a UAB drive and Parker Mullins kicked a 37-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining to tie it at 10 and force overtime.

Conner was 14-of-23 passing for 115 yards without an interception.

Dixon led Mississippi State rushers with 81 yards on 19 carries, but he also had a couple of drive-killing fumbles.

The low-scoring game was more of the same for UAB and Mississippi State, which struggled to put points on the board in their first three games. State has been shut out twice, and UAB hadn't scored more than 17 points in a game.

True to form, defense dominated and the teams swapped punts most of the first half. UAB finally scored late in the second quarter when Williams ran 9 yards for a TD to cap a 12-play, 73-yard drive that was keyed by his 21-yard pass to Sylvester Menster for a first down at the State 35.

State answered with a career-long, 47-yard field goal by Adam Carlson. But a series of mistakes and missed chances kept State out of the end zone until Dixon's TD.

With the Bulldogs threatening on their opening drive, Dixon fumbled at the UAB 23 and Chris Felder recovered for the Blazers. UAB didn't get any points off the turnover, but it set a bad tone for State.

The Bulldogs were twice in position to go ahead in the third quarter but couldn't make it into the end zone either time.

On a fourth-and-1 at the UAB 25, Arnil Stallworth ran up the middle and into the heart of the Blazer defense, where Felder stopped him for no gain and UAB took over on downs.

Things didn't go any better on State's next drive. The Bulldogs had a first down at the UAB 24 after a late-hit penalty against the Blazers, but Kris Guyton forced a fumble by Dixon and grabbed the ball at the UAB 19 to end the threat.

UAB, a member of Conference USA, played host for the first time in 11 games against Southeastern Conference opponents. The announced attendance of 36,104 was second-largest in UAB history.