November 22, 2008

Bulldogs knock off Arkansas, 31-28

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Nine years of frustration blew wide right Saturday.

The Arkansas Razorbacks missed a game tying 46-yard field goal as time expired to preserve a 31-28 win for Mississippi State.

"I just told myself that we were not going to lose this game no matter what," said senior safety Derek Pegues. "We just got a little blessing from God right there at the end to blow that ball to the right."

The Bulldogs overcame a 14-0 deficit with 24 unanswered points and never trailed the rest of the way.

"I was not concerned, because I knew we were capable of finishing a ballgame," said MSU head coach Sylvester Croom. "I was concerned that we were going to get down early because we did not have a lot of energy. The season has probably worn on us, but we got a spark and the offense came around and everyone started to play well."

MSU accumulated 445 yards of total offense during the contest with 226 yards rushing and 219 through the air.

Anthony Dixon had 211 yards of total offense and three touchdowns on the afternoon. Dixon picked up 179 yards on the ground and a touchdown on 23 carries and also hauled in five passes for 32 yards and two more scores.

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