November 5, 2011

Home sweet homecoming for State

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State's homecoming was deemed a success Saturday night as they plowed over FCS opponent Tennessee-Martin to the tune of 55-17.

The Bulldogs offense rolled up 570 yards and saw six different players score touchdowns.

"It was a good win," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "Here it is November and we have a winning record. It's a good direction. It's where we want our program to be."

MSU improved to 5-4 on the year with a balanced attack of 288 rushing yards and 282 through the air.

Tyler Russell completed 9-of-18 passing for 183 yards, one touchdown and one interception after drawing his third consecutive start.

"I don't think I played up to par in this game at all," Russell said. "We've got a lot of stuff to work on. We're fortunate to put up some points but we've got Alabama next week and we're going to have to take it up a notch."

Vick Ballard eclipsed the 100-yard plateau finishing with 102 yards on 11 carries and a pair of scores.

"I haven't run like that since the Memphis game," Ballard said. "It was like a breath of fresh air. It doesn't matter what kind of game it is, I just want to win but it felt good to get back in the end zone."

Arceto Clark hauled in five passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs in that category.

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