STARKVILLE – Mississippi State (2-Four, 2-Four SEC) notched a 24-17 Homecoming victory over visiting Vanderbilt (Zero-5, Zero-5) at Davis Wade Stadium Saturday.
Behind the primary profession begin for freshman quarterback Will Rogers, the Bulldogs established a 17-Zero halftime lead. After Collin Duncan picked off the Commodores on the primary drive of the sport, Rogers hit Osirus Mitchell on a 6-yard landing. Dillon Johnson capped a prolonged Bulldog drive with a Four-yard dashing rating later within the quarter and Brandon Ruiz’s 25-yard area purpose capped first half scoring.
Vanderbilt roared again within the second half, protecting MSU in test offensively, whereas scoring touchdowns on consecutive drives within the late third and early fourth quarters. MSU led 17-14 with 12:27 remaining in regulation.
However that is so far as State would let the Commodores go. The Bulldogs obtained a late interception by Marquiss Spencer and a fumble restoration by Tyrus Wheat to halt VU’s momentum. The second turnover arrange a brief MSU drive that ended with Jo’quavious Marks diving in from a yard out.
With State main 24-14, the ‘Dores did handle a late area purpose however an onside kick try and comply with failed and MSU took a knee to expire the clock.
Rogers was 35-for-46 for 226 yards and a landing in his first begin. Defensively, MSU had 4 gamers with 10 tackles – Martin Emerson, Aaron Brule, Marcus Murphy and Landon Guidry.