Scores

Final

Mississippi St 15

(2-1, 1-1 SEC)

Vanderbilt 3

(1-2, 0-2 SEC)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, September 19, 2009

Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
MSST 0 6 3 615
VAN 0 3 0 03

Top Performers

Passing: L. Smith (VAN) - 124 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Dixon (MSST) - 21 CAR, 123 YDS

Receiving: J. Cole (VAN) - 3 REC, 32 YDS

Lee's 22-yard TD run seals Mississippi State win

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mississippi State Dan Mullen won his first game in the Southeastern Conference and didn't care much what it looked like.

"Any victory is an unbelievable feeling," Mullen said.

Tyson Lee ran 22 yards for a touchdown to seal a 15-3 victory Saturday against Vanderbilt for Mississippi State's first-year coach.

Sean Brauchle made three field goals for the Bulldogs, the longest from 49 yards, and Anthony Dixon rushed for 123 yards on 21 carries.

"We talked about relentless effort, and the fact that we had to keep punching and keep battling," defensive back Zach Smith said. That's what we did which caused us to win."

Christian Ducre had 62 rushing yards on nine carries, and quarterback Chris Relf added 44 yards on nine attempts as the Bulldogs (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern) gained 259 of their 340 yards on the ground.

"We were able to run the ball well, and that's a strong point with our running backs," said Mullen, who was offensive coordinator for Florida's last two national title teams. "The defense was able to get off the quickly and get our offense right back out there."

Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-2) scored after defensive end Tim Fugger recovered a fumble at Mississippi State's 6. The Commodores gained three yards on three runs before Ryan Fowler kicked a 20-yard field goal to tie it in the second quarter.

"The best way I can say this is we got it handed to us [Saturday] night," coach Bobby Johnson said. "They came out and just were more physical than we were, executed better than we did, coached better than we did, played better than we did."

The Commodores allowed two third-down conversions on 15 attempts.

Brauchle made a 44-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter and a 27-yarder with 2:14 remaining before halftime.

Ten of Vanderbilt's its first 11 possessions ended with punts.

Larry Smith was 12 for 31 attempts for 123 yards for Vanderbilt. He was intercepted once. Warren Norman was the Commodores' leading rusher with 26 yards on seven carries.

"We played poorly, didn't execute," Smith said. "We didn't throw the ball well, didn't catch the ball at all. Just overall, on the offensive side of the ball we played poorly."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MSST
VAN
1st Downs1810
Total Yards341157
Passing81124
Rushing26033
Penalties3-403-15
3rd Down Conversions2-156-18
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers12
Possession38:0921:51

Passing Leaders

Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lee8/14664.700
VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith12/321243.901

Rushing Leaders

Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon211235.9040
Ducre9626.9023
VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Norman7263.709
Stacy791.304

Receiving Leaders

Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Green12323.0023
Berry3175.707
VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cole33210.7013
Washington12929.0029

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERMSSTVAN
FG14:55Sean Brauchle 44 Yd 30
FG11:28Ryan Fowler 20 Yd 33
FG02:14Sean Brauchle 27 Yd 63
THIRD QUARTERMSSTVAN
FG00:59Sean Brauchle 49 Yd 93
FOURTH QUARTERMSSTVAN
TD03:20Tyson Lee 22 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 153