GAMEDAY College Football

Mississippi State 49, Memphis 23

By ROBBIE FAULK

STARKVILLE, Miss. - A hot start from Mississippi State was nearly doused by a nearly three-hour rain delay but the Bulldogs took care of business in a 49-23 victory over Memphis.

Led by quarterback Will Rogers, MSU outgained the Tigers 542-294 with the bulk of the Tigers' yards coming in the second half. Rogers was 38-of-49 for 450 yards, five touchdowns and an interception. It was the 14th time in his three-year career that he's notched over 300 yards and his sixth 400-yard game.

MSU's defense dominated for two and a half quarters. MSU gave up two first downs in the first seven possessions and had allowed just 40 yards midway through the third quarter. It wasn't until running back Jevyon Ducker broke off a 50-yard run later in the third quarter that the Tigers broke 100 yards of total offense.

Memphis scored on each of its final three drives to cut into Mississippi State's 35-3 lead. Sophomore quarterback Seth Henigan threw for 165 yards on 19-of-30 passing with one touchdown.

Rogers completed passes to 12 receivers. Four receivers caught five or more passes and his five TDs all went to different receivers.

THE TAKEAWAY

Things got sloppy down the stretch for Mississippi State but the Bulldogs were impressive in the first three quarters. It was a chance for MSU to get a measure of revenge after dropping a game in Memphis a season ago, but it wasn't a full four quarters for the Bulldogs.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MemMissSt
MissSt TD 9:53 Rara Thomas 23 yd pass from Will Rogers (Massimo Biscardi kick) 0 7
MissSt TD 0:53 Jaden Walley 9 yd pass from Will Rogers (Massimo Biscardi kick) 0 14
Second Quarter MemMissSt
Mem FG 13:57 Chris Howard 42 yd FG 3 14
MissSt TD 10:00 Jo'quavious Marks 1 yd run (Massimo Biscardi kick) 3 21
MissSt TD 1:40 Jo'quavious Marks 2 yd run (Massimo Biscardi kick) 3 28
Third Quarter MemMissSt
MissSt TD 10:48 Caleb Ducking 35 yd pass from Will Rogers (Massimo Biscardi kick) 3 35
Mem TD 7:37 Jevyon Ducker 50 yd run (Chris Howard kick) 10 35
Fourth Quarter MemMissSt
Mem TD 10:13 Eddie Lewis 15 yd pass from Seth Henigan (failed 2pt pass) 16 35
MissSt TD 5:59 Rufus Harvey 33 yd pass from Will Rogers (Massimo Biscardi kick) 16 42
Mem TD 3:14 Seth Henigan 1 yd run (Chris Howard kick) 23 42
MissSt TD 2:05 Justin Robinson 23 yd pass from Will Rogers (Massimo Biscardi kick) 23 49
Team Stats
  Memphis Mississippi State
First downs 13 34
  Rushing 6 6
  Passing 5 24
  Penalty 2 4
3rd Down Efficiency 3-12, 25% 11-13, 85%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 21-129 34-97
Passing Yards 165 450
Return Yards 136 42
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-30-0 38-49-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--2 1--8
Punts 6 2
Punts-Average 42 42.5
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 8-44 5-55
Time of Possession 18:49 41:11
Memphis Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Henigan 19 30 165 1 0
Mississippi State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Rogers 38 49 450 5 1
Memphis Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Ducker 5 63 12.6 1
B. Thomas 7 33 4.7 0
A. Martin 3 20 6.7 0
S. Henigan 5 17 3.4 1
G. Rogers 1 -4 -4.0 0
Mississippi State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Johnson 14 67 4.8 0
J. Marks 12 36 3.0 2
S. Price 4 10 2.5 0
W. Rogers 4 -16 -4.0 0
Memphis Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Martin 5 58 11.6 0
E. Lewis 6 38 6.3 1
G. Rogers 2 33 16.5 0
C. Prieskorn 2 25 12.5 0
J. Ducker 1 7 7.0 0
M. Jones 1 3 3.0 0
J. Ivory 2 1 .5 0
Mississippi State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Thomas 5 81 16.2 1
C. Ducking 3 73 24.3 1
R. Harvey 5 61 12.2 1
L. Griffin 5 60 12.0 0
D. Johnson 6 39 6.5 0
J. Walley 3 30 10.0 1
A. Harmon 3 30 10.0 0
J. Robinson 1 23 23.0 1
J. Marks 2 21 10.5 0
S. Price 1 20 20.0 0
J. Calvin 3 11 3.7 0
A. Williams 1 1 1.0 0
Memphis Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Q. Johnson 1 0
Mississippi State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Memphis Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Doyle 6 252 42.0
Mississippi State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Trafford 1 53 53.0
G. Georgopoulos 1 32 32.0
Memphis Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Lewis 1 19 19.0
Mississippi State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Williams 2 5 2.5
Memphis Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Rogers 5 117 23.4
A. Martin 1 0 0
Mississippi State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Griffin 1 37 37.0
Memphis Missed FG
Player Length
Mississippi State Missed FG
Player Length




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