October 2, 2010

Bulldogs take care of business

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State was expected to come out and dominate SWAC opponent Alcorn State and pick up their third win of the season on Saturday and in many ways they did.

The Bulldogs eventually turned the game into a rout with 566 yards and seven touchdowns in a 49-16 victory. But MSU also found plenty of struggles early on against the Braves.

"Our guys did make plays but we have high expectations," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "Our team thought they should have played a little bit better. We came out a little flat. We did not play with the emotion or passion that we played with last week."

The Bulldogs (3-2) rolled up 336 yards through the air and added another 230 yards on the ground but turned the ball over twice.

Chris Relf threw for a career-best 209-yards on the day completing 11-of-15 passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Vick Ballard also had a career afternoon carrying eight times for 119 yards and three touchdowns.

"It felt good," Ballard said. "The o-line did a great job blocking. When they do that it makes it easy to get through."

Chad Bumphis hauled in nine catches, a career-high, for 133 yards and two touchdowns to lead the State receiving corps.

"We got ready in practice this week," Bumphis said. "They told us this week we would have a lot of opportunities to make plays so we went out there and did just that."



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