Starkville, Miss. – The Mississippi Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3) ended a three-game losing streak against the Arkansas Razorbacks (4-7, 2-5) on Senior Day in Starkville winning 45-14.
Tyler Russell led the Bulldogs with four passing touchdowns on 19 of 32 passing attempts for 274 yards. LaDarius Perkins had 91 rushing yards on 17 carries and three receptions for 41 yards including two scores to pace the MSU ground game in the win.
Chad Bumphis caught six passes for a team-high 82 receiving yards for the Bulldogs with two touchdowns.
The Arkansas Razorbacks took a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter before watching Mississippi State put up 38 unanswered points. Contributing to the one-sided final score was a muffed punt late in the second quarter that allowed MSU to pull ahead 17-14.
The Razorbacks turned the ball over five times during the SEC West showdown giving MSU a short field throughout the second half of play. Kaelon Kelleybrew, Javontee Herndon, and Jonathan Williams each had a fumble; Kelleybrew on a muffed punt, Williams on a run up the middle, and Herndon on a pass in the middle of the field.
Arkansas senior quarterback Tyler Wilson was kept in check by the Bulldogs defense in the second half finishing with 225 passing yards on 23 of 29 attempts with two interceptions and two touchdowns.
Cobi Hamilton had a game-high seven receptions for 88 yards improving upon his record setting season numbers for the Hogs. He is now 10th on the SEC’s All-Time Single Season receiving list with 80 catches.
Javontee Herndon had six catches for 84 yards filling in for suspended wide receiver Brandon Mitchell.
Dennis Johnson had another strong game running for 96 yards on 15 attempts for a 5.9 yard per carry average.
Trey Flowers (1.0 sacks) and Chris Smith (1.5 sacks) helped pace the defensive front for the Razorbacks. Flowers also had three quarterback hurries and Smith had two.
Mississippi State did not turn the ball over against the Hogs playing mistake free. The Razorbacks also committed nine penalities for a loss of 70 yards as compared to the Bulldogs 5 for 41 yards.
The Razorbacks loss mathematically eliminates the team from bowl eligibility. The Hogs finish their 2012 college football season on Friday against LSU in Fayetteville.
Running back Knile Davis returned to action on Saturday after missing the previous two games with a hamstring injury. He was held to six yards on five attempts.
Ronnie Wingo Jr. was worked back into the offense against the Bulldogs. He carried the ball twice for five total yards and had one catch for four yards.
Dylan Breeding had five punts for an average of 45 yards per kick with one downed inside the 20 yard line.
Safety Rohan Gaines had a team-high nine tackles followed by true freshman linebacker Otha Peters’ eight total tackles.
Brandon Allen had one pass attempt which was completed for a nine yard gain to Jonathan Williams to end the game.