Scores

Final

Houston 31

(4-1, 2-1 away)

Mississippi St 24

(2-4, 1-3 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

12:30 PM ET, October 10, 2009

Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 7 7 3 1431
MSST 7 10 0 724

Top Performers

Passing: C. Keenum (HOU) - 434 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Dixon (MSST) - 21 CAR, 134 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Cleveland (HOU) - 11 REC, 131 YDS, 2 TD

Keenum, Houston rebound vs. Mississippi State

Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Case Keenum threw four touchdown passes, two to James Cleveland and two to Tyron Carrier, as Houston rebounded to beat Mississippi State 31-24 on Saturday.

Houston (4-1), coming off a loss to Texas-El Paso that knocked the Cougars from their first Top 25 ranking in 18 years, overcame a slow start.

The Bulldogs (2-4) intercepted Keenum twice -- one that Charles Mitchell returned 71 yards for a touchdown -- and sacked him once.

Still, Keenum completed 39 of 52 attempts for 434 yards.

The Cougars had 553 yards in total offense but were tied 17-17 going into the fourth quarter.

Keenum capped a 78-yard drive with a 3-yard scoring pass to Cleveland to put Houston ahead 24-17.

The Bulldogs came right back and appeared to tie the score when Anthony Dixon leapt into the end zone with 4:57 left. But a holding penalty nullified the TD and a fumble by Tyson Lee gave the ball back to Houston.

Less than a minute later, Keenum found Carrier from 18 yards out and the Cougars were up 31-17.

Dixon had 134 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. He had a 50-yard TD run in the second quarter, much of it draped with Houston defenders, to put Mississippi State up 14-7.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
MSST
1st Downs3126
Total Yards553490
Passing434160
Rushing119330
Penalties2-328-60
3rd Down Conversions6-126-12
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers24
Possession27:1032:50

Passing Leaders

HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keenum39/524348.342
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lee15/231607.002

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Beall15946.3015
Sims3165.3010
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon211346.4250
Ducre9879.7022

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cleveland1113111.9236
Carrier78311.9218
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bumphis34314.3023
Green4379.3014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUMSST
TD05:07Charles Mitchell 71 Yd Interception Return (Derek Depasquale Kick) 07
TD02:38James Cleveland 5 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERHOUMSST
TD09:30Anthony Dixon 50 Yd Run (Derek Depasquale Kick) 714
TD08:03Tyron Carrier 16 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 1414
FG03:30Derek DePasquale 34 Yd 1417
THIRD QUARTERHOUMSST
FG06:39Ben Bell 23 Yd 1717
FOURTH QUARTERHOUMSST
TD06:23James Cleveland 3 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 2417
TD04:14Tyron Carrier 18 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 3117
TD01:22Anthony Dixon 1 Yd Run (Derek Depasquale Kick) 3124