Scores

Final

Gardner-Webb 15

(1-2, 0-2 away)

Mississippi St 31

(3-1, 1-1 SEC)

7:00 PM ET, September 22, 2007

Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

1 2 3 4 T
WEBB 0 0 6 915
MSST 14 14 3 031

Top Performers

Passing: S. Doolittle (WEBB) - 191 YDS

Rushing: A. Dixon (MSST) - 15 CAR, 88 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Collins (WEBB) - 6 REC, 94 YDS

Mississippi St. 31, Gardner-Webb 15

Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Anthony Dixon scored two touchdowns to lead Mississippi State to a 31-15 win over Gardner-Webb on Saturday and its first 3-1 start to a season since 2000.

The Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) opened the game with a 10-play, 68-yard drive that ended with Dixon scoring from nine yards out.

Five plays later, safety De'Mon Glanton intercepted Gardner-Webb quarterback Devin Campbell and returned the ball 60 yards for a score, putting the Bulldogs up 14-0.

Phillip Peoples scored Gardner-Webb's (1-2, 0-0 Big South Conference) only touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the team never really threatened despite picking up 332 yards in only its second game against a Division I opponent.

The Bulldogs were without starting quarterback Michael Henig, who has a broken hand. Wesley Carroll, a true freshman, and Josh Riddell split time under center.

Riddell went 8-of-12 for 124 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Carroll threw just eight passes and completed four.

Dixon rushed 16 times for 86 yards. Christian Ducre added 52 yards on 10 carries.

Dixon scored his second touchdown in the second quarter. Then Riddell connected with Tony Burks for a 30-yard touchdown pass.

Gardner-Webb replaced Campbell after the interception early in the game with Stan Doolittle, who finished 19-of-33 for 188 yards. Most of the team's points came from Evan Kay, who kicked three field goals.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WEBB
MSST
1st Downs2019
Total Yards334379
Passing203166
Rushing131213
Penalties7-639-102
3rd Down Conversions3-143-10
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers22
Possession31:5328:07

Passing Leaders

Gardner-WebbC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Doolittle19/331915.800
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Riddell8/1112411.311

Rushing Leaders

Gardner-WebbCARYDSAVGTDLG
Montgomery10424.2026
Peoples7334.7115
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon16865.4223
Ducre10515.1013

Receiving Leaders

Gardner-WebbRECYDSAVGTDLG
Collins69415.7043
Flagler6579.5036
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Burks24924.5130
Dixon34113.7018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWEBBMSST
TD10:02Anthony Dixon 9 Yd Run (Adam Carlson Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 68 yds, 4:58
07
TD07:55De'Mon Glanton 60 Yd Interception Return (Adam Carlson Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERWEBBMSST
TD02:42Anthony Dixon 12 Yd Run (Adam Carlson Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 58 yds, 2:58
021
TD01:18Tony Burks 30 Yd Pass From Josh Riddell (Adam Carlson Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 30 yds, :06
028
THIRD QUARTERWEBBMSST
FG10:43Evan Kay 33 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 63 yds, 4:11
328
FG07:19Adam Carlson 33 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 59 yds, 3:17
331
FG04:34Evan Kay 20 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 70 yds, 2:40
631
FOURTH QUARTERWEBBMSST
TD12:21Phillip Peoples 6 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 3:39
1231
FG06:10Evan Kay 28 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 75 yds, 2:53
1531