Scores

Final/OT

Louisiana Tech 20

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Mississippi St 26

(2-2, 0-2 SEC)

Coverage: ESPNU

7:00 PM ET, September 24, 2011

Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

1 2 3 4 OT T
LT 3 7 7 3 020
MSST 7 10 3 0 626

Top Performers

Passing: N. Isham (ARIZ) - 233 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. Creer (LT) - 24 CAR, 82 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: Q. Patton (LT) - 11 REC, 87 YDS, 1 TD

Chris Relf helps Mississippi State escape La. Tech in overtime

Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Nickoe Whitley intercepted Nick Isham's pass in overtime and Chris Relf hit LaDarius Perkins for a quick touchdown to lead Mississippi State to a 26-20 win over Louisiana Tech.

Mississippi State (2-2) scored first and led at half, but could never put the visiting Bulldogs away.

Late in the fourth quarter with the game tied 20-20, Louisiana Tech (1-3) went on a nine-play, 60-yard drive and had the ball in field goal range with less than four minutes to play. But an interception by Jonathan Banks ended the drive.

Neither team was able to generate any offense in the final minutes.

In overtime, Mississippi State won the toss and elected to play defense. Whitley, a free safety from Jackson, Miss., intercepted Isham on the second play from scrimmage. Two plays later, Relf hit Perkins for his first completion since the third quarter, ending a streak of seven straight incomplete passes to end regulation.

Perkins finished the game with 47 yards rushing and had two catches for 22 yards, including the game winner.

Relf was 14 of 29 for 165 yards guiding the struggling MSU offense.

Isham, a 17 year-old freshman, finished 29-of-40 for 228 yards, but he was sacked three times and picked off twice.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LT
MSST
1st Downs2020
Total Yards359340
Passing252164
Rushing107176
Penalties4-404-45
3rd Down Conversions9-203-16
4th Down Conversions0-02-3
Turnovers31
Possession33:3226:28

Passing Leaders

Louisiana TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Isham29/402335.812
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Relf14/291645.711

Rushing Leaders

Louisiana TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Creer24823.4111
Fitte4194.8013
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ballard17684.0111
Perkins12473.9013

Receiving Leaders

Louisiana TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Patton11877.9122
Casey44912.3019
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith33110.3012
Green23115.5031

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLTMSST
TD09:20Chad Bumphis 82 Yd Punt Return. (Derek Depasquale Kick) 07
FG05:49Matt Nelson 43 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTERLTMSST
TD14:17Lennon Creer 4 Yd Run. (Matt Nelson Kick) 107
TD08:45Vick Ballard 11 Yd Run. (Derek Depasquale Kick) 1014
FG01:38Derek DePasquale 36 Yd 1017
THIRD QUARTERLTMSST
TD08:25Quinton Patton 14 Yd Pass From Nick Isham. (Matt Nelson Kick) 1717
FG05:21Derek DePasquale 24 Yd 1720
FOURTH QUARTERLTMSST
FG08:42Matt Nelson 28 Yd 2020
OVERTIMELTMSST
TDLaDarius Perkins 17 Yd Pass From Chris Relf. 2026