#20 Mississippi State dominates Memphis 59-14

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.