Scores

Final

UT Martin 17

(5-4, 1-3 away)

Mississippi St 55

(5-4, 2-2 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:30 PM ET, November 5, 2011

Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

1 2 3 4 T
UTM 0 3 7 717
MSST 21 7 14 1355

Top Performers

Passing: D. Carr (UTM) - 167 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: V. Ballard (MSST) - 11 CAR, 102 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Clark (MSST) - 5 REC, 96 YDS, 2 TD

Vick Ballard runs for 102 yards as Mississippi State mauls Tennessee-Martin

Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Vick Ballard rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mississippi State to a 55-17 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (5-4), who never trailed, posted 570 yards of total offense in the game and averaged 8.3 yards per play.

Tennessee-Martin (5-4) racked up 454 yards offense, but struggled on third down against Mississippi State's stiff scoring defense.

Ballard rushed only 11 times and averaged 9.2 yards a carry. The game was Ballard's fourth 100-yard outing of the season, and his first multi-touchdown performance since the Bulldogs' season opener against Memphis.

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen again used both starter Tyler Russell and senior Chris Relf at quarterback, and both had success.

Russell completed 9 of 18 passes for 183 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Relf finished 5 of 6 for 61 yards and threw two touchdowns.

Arceto Clark caught 5 passes for 96 yards and a career-high two touchdowns, while Chad Bumphis caught four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.

The Skyhawks opened the game with a deep drive into Bulldogs territory, but kicker Cody Sandlin missed a 33-yard field goal attempt.

Then Mississippi State marched 80 yards in 13 plays and Ballard scampered in for a 5-yard touchdown, the Bulldogs' first on an opening drive this season, and from there it was all Mississippi State.

Jonathan Banks returned a Tennessee-Martin punt 65 yards for a touchdown on the next possession. Then Russell threw a 78-yard strike to Bumphis to end the first quarter.

Relf hit Clark for a 27-yard score with 4:11 remaining in the first half, and Mississippi State led 28-3 at the break.

In the second half, Ballard broke a 54-yard run for a touchdown early in the third quarter, and Nick Griffin and Dylan Favre both added rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Running back Kenny Jones scored both Skyhawks touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving.

Mississippi native Justin McNair had a game-high 122 yards rushing on 27 carries for Tennessee-Martin, and quarterback Derek Carr completed 19 of 31 passes for 167 yards and one score.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTM
MSST
1st Downs2125
Total Yards454570
Passing185282
Rushing269288
Penalties10-668-60
3rd Down Conversions9-1810-14
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers11
Possession35:0224:58

Passing Leaders

Tennessee-MartinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carr19/311675.410
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Russell9/1818310.211

Rushing Leaders

Tennessee-MartinCARYDSAVGTDLG
McNair271224.5034
McNeil13826.3014
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ballard111029.3254
Griffin10808.0134

Receiving Leaders

Tennessee-MartinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sims6538.8015
Shiver24422.0026
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Clark59619.2236
Bumphis48922.3178

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTMMSST
TD05:37Vick Ballard 5 Yd Run (Derek Depasquale Kick) 07
TD03:20Johnthan Banks 65 Yd Punt Return (Derek Depasquale Kick) 014
TD00:20Chad Bumphis 78 Yd Pass From Tyler Russell (Derek Depasquale Kick) 021
SECOND QUARTERUTMMSST
TD04:11Arceto Clark 27 Yd Pass From Chris Relf (Derek Depasquale Kick) 028
FG00:00Cody Sandlin 31 Yd 328
THIRD QUARTERUTMMSST
TD13:15Vick Ballard 54 Yd Run (Derek Depasquale Kick) 335
TD04:30Kenny Jones 2 Yd Run (Cody Sandlin Kick) 1035
TD01:28Arceto Clark 19 Yd Pass From Chris Relf (Derek Depasquale Kick) 1042
FOURTH QUARTERUTMMSST
TD09:33Nick Griffin 5 Yd Run (Derek Depasquale Kick) 1049
TD04:16Kenny Jones 8 Yd Pass From Derek Carr (Cody Sandlin Kick) 1749
TD01:12Dylan Favre 12 Yd Run (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 1755