November 17, 2012

Strong second half lifts Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State snapped its three-game losing skid in a big way on Saturday.

The Bulldogs forced five Arkansas turnovers and scored five touchdowns themselves in a 45-14 victory to close out the home slate at Davis Wade Stadium.

"We had a great win today for our kids," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "We made some big plays, created some turnovers and took advantage of those turnovers. We knew we would have to play hard for all 60 minutes and we did. We battled through the entire game and made some big plays at the end to pull away."

MSU totaled 505 yards on offense including 302 through the air to improve to 8-3 on the year and 4-3 in conference play. It was the Bulldogs first win over Arkansas since 2008 and first under Mullen.

"We wore down defensively and Mississippi State was able to throw the ball on us and run the ball on us," said Arkansas head coach John L. Smith. "They did a good job. You have to give them credit. They are an awfully good football team. They are well coached and they know where to go."

Tyler Russell completed 19-of-32 passing for 274 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Russell has now set four single season school records for completions (201), yards (2,253), 200-yard passing games (seven) and touchdowns (21).

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