MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Vick Ballard rushed for 166 yards and
three touchdowns and No. 20 Mississippi State easily handled
Memphis 59-14 on Thursday night at the Liberty Bowl.
Mississippi State dominated from the start, taking a 31-7 lead
after gaining 405 total yards in the first half. Things slowed down
a little after that, but the Bulldogs still finished with a
school-record 645 total yards.
Ballard had touchdown runs of 46 and 66 yards in the first half.
He added a 1-yard touchdown early in the third quarter and averaged
16.6 yards per carry.
Chris Relf completed 13 of 21 passes for 202 yards and two
touchdowns for MSU (1-0). He also rushed for 51 yards. Jameon Lewis
caught four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.
The Bulldogs have won 12 straight games against Memphis (0-1),
dating back to 1993.