College Football

more stats

NCAA Game Summary - Rice vs. Mississippi State



(Tuesday, December 31st)

Final Score: Mississippi State 44, Rice 7

Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Dak Prescott accounted for five touchdowns to lead the Mississippi State Bulldogs to a 44-7 victory over the Rice Owls in the Liberty Bowl.

Prescott completed 17-of-28 passes for 283 yards and three scores and carried the ball 14 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Jameon Lewis caught nine passes for 220 yards for the Bulldogs (7-6), who won their final three games.

Charles Ross rushed 10 times for 28 yards and a touchdown for Rice (10-4), which had a four-game win streak snapped. Taylor McHargue went 8-for-15 for 84 yards.

"It was a really dominating defensive effort. They (Rice) are a team that was one of the top rushing teams in the country, averaging over 200 yards rushing a game. We held them to 61 yards rushing and 145 total offense yards. It was just a very smothering effort by our defense. We gave up an early drive off a turnover and after that, that was about it," said Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen.

On its second possession, which came after a Mississippi State turnover, Rice faced 4th-and-1 at the Bulldogs' 36-yard line before Luke Turner ran 13 yards for the first down.

Three plays later, an 18-yard completion from McHargue to Dennis Parks brought the Owls inside the Bulldogs' 10-yard line. Back-to-back rushes by Ross got Rice on the board first, the last coming from a yard out.

The Bulldogs' next drive saw Prescott connect with Lewis for 28 yards on 3rd- and-11 to bring Mississippi State down to the Owls' 11-yard line. Two plays later, Prescott completed a 10-yard pass to LaDarius Perkins for a tying touchdown with 2:01 left in first quarter.

After Rice went three-and-out at the end of the quarter, Mississippi State drove 64 yards on 10 plays to take the lead when Ashton Shumpert charged through the line for a 1-yard touchdown.

The drive was highlighted by a 35-yard completion to Lewis on 3rd-and-3 two plays before the score.

"It was the game plan, the game plan worked. I was just happy that Dak [Prescott] kept finding me. I am thankful to the coaches for putting me in the right situation to make plays for this team," said Lewis.

Another stalled Owl possession led to a Mississippi State 7-play, 64-yard drive that ended with a 13-yard touchdown catch by Malcolm Johnson with 4:32 to play in the first half. However, Rice blocked the extra point to make the score 20-7 Bulldogs.

With 1:25 left in the half, Mississippi State took over on its own 45. The Bulldogs drove 55 yards on five plays for another Prescott touchdown pass, with Artimas Samuel on the receiving end of the 4-yard toss to give the Bulldogs a 27-7 halftime lead.

On Mississippi State's second possession of the second half, Josh Robinson ran 40 yards to bring the Bulldogs to the Owls' 5-yard line. Prescott rushed for a score on the next play.

The next Bulldogs drive lasted four plays and ended with another Prescott touchdown. A 23-yard completion to Lewis and a 26-yard pass to De'Runnya Wilson led to Prescott's 11-yard touchdown run that extended the lead to 41-7.

The Bulldogs scored the last points of the game with 4:45 to play, when Taylor Earhart kicked through a 19-yard field goal to cap a 7-play, 28-yard drive.

Game Notes

Rice has not been shut out since 2000, a span of 159 games ... The Bulldogs are 3-1 all-time in the Liberty Bowl ... Mississippi State outgained Rice by a 533-145 margin in total yards.

01/01 00:05:47 ET

Other Stories

  • NASL: RailHawks vs. Ft. Lauderdale

    Saturday at 7:30 am on WRAL-2

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Sunday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Canes head coach Kirk Muller presser

    Today at 11:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR