Scores

Final

Middle Tennessee 22

(2-6, 0-5 away)

Mississippi St 31

(3-5, 3-1 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

7:00 PM ET, October 25, 2008

Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

1 2 3 4 T
MTU 3 10 3 622
MSST 14 0 10 731

Top Performers

Passing: J. Craddock (MTU) - 235 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: B. Dixon (MSST) - 27 CAR, 126 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: E. King (MTU) - 11 REC, 164 YDS, 1 TD

Dixon sets Mississippi St. rushing TD record in win over Middle Tennessee

Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Anthony Dixon rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns to lead Mississippi State to a 31-22 victory over Middle Tennessee State.

The Bulldogs (3-5) rushed for 168 yards in the contest, their second highest total of the season.

The Blue Raiders (2-6) dropped to 0-3 against Mississippi State. Middle Tennessee is 3-16 against Southeastern Conference teams.

Dixon had his eighth career 100-yard rushing game, and his third score broke a school record for career rushing touchdowns with 29.

Tyson Lee was an effective 17-for-25 for 199 yards for the Bulldogs. Mississippi State's 367 yards of total offense marked only the fourth time this season the unit has gained more than 300 yards.

Middle Tennessee's Joe Craddock finished 24-of-41 for 237 yards and one touchdown pass. Eldred King had 11 catches for 162 yards.

Mississippi State scored on its opening possession of the game, driving 80 yards before Dixon plunged in from four yards out.

After a 30-yard field goal by Alan Gendreau tightened the score, Dixon scored again on a 62-yard run.

Middle Tennessee responded in the second quarter, getting another field goal by Gendreau before Craddock connected with King for a 14-yard touchdown pass.

After the half, the Blue Raiders drove 67 yards in 14 plays and took the lead on Gendreau's 23-yard field goal.

The Bulldogs responded with a 12-play drive of their own, retaking the lead on a 5-yard run by Lee.

After Adam Carlson's field goal late in the third quarter put the Bulldogs up 24-16, Dixon scored again from 1 yard.

Phillip Tanner scored for the Blue Raiders with just under three minutes left in the game, but the 2-point conversion attempt failed.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTU
MSST
1st Downs1817
Total Yards348366
Passing268197
Rushing80169
Penalties4-464-39
3rd Down Conversions7-186-14
4th Down Conversions2-21-1
Turnovers00
Possession29:3630:24

Passing Leaders

Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Craddock23/402355.910
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lee17/251977.900

Rushing Leaders

Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tanner8293.6120
Craddock9232.6010
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon271264.7362
Lee7466.6110

Receiving Leaders

Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
King1116414.9155
Honeycutt4297.3018
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Stallworth46015.0028
McRae23115.5022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTUMSST
TD11:25Anthony Dixon 4 Yd Run (Adam Carlson Kick) 07
FG08:03Alan Gendreau 30 Yd 37
TD06:13Anthony Dixon 62 Yd Run (Adam Carlson Kick) 314
SECOND QUARTERMTUMSST
FG14:16Alan Gendreau 18 Yd 614
TD06:29Eldred King 14 Yd Pass From Joe Craddock (Alan Gendreau Kick) 1314
THIRD QUARTERMTUMSST
FG09:55Alan Gendreau 23 Yd 1614
TD04:30Tyson Lee 5 Yd Run (Adam Carlson Kick) 1621
FG00:22Adam Carlson 37 Yd 1624
FOURTH QUARTERMTUMSST
TD09:45Anthony Dixon 1 Yd Run (Adam Carlson Kick) 1631
TD02:45Phillip Tanner 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2231