Scores

Final

UAB 13

(1-4, 0-4 away)

Mississippi St 30

(4-2, 2-1 home)

2:30 PM ET, October 6, 2007

Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

1 2 3 4 T
UAB 0 10 3 013
MSST 0 3 6 2130

Top Performers

Passing: S. Hunt (UAB) - 217 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Dixon (MSST) - 32 CAR, 152 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: F. Forrest (UAB) - 7 REC, 122 YDS, 1 TD

Mississippi St. 30, UAB 13

Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Anthony Dixon, who lost his starting job this week, rushed for 152 yards and three second-half touchdowns Saturday as Mississippi State beat Alabama-Birmingham 30-13.

The win gives the Bulldogs (4-2) four victories in a season for the first time since 2000.

Freshman Wes Carroll led Mississippi State on its decisive touchdown drives after being lifted for Michael Henig in the first quarter. Carroll started the game for Henig, who was playing with a broken throwing hand.

He clearly struggled against the Blazers (1-4), finishing 2-for-8 for 26 yards and two interceptions.

Carroll returned in the second half and led Mississippi State on touchdown drives of 75, 80 and 60 yards. Carroll was 9-of-12 for 94 yards and converted three third downs to keep the drives alive.

Dixon, limited to 19 yards on six carries in the first half, ran 26 times for 133 yards and scores of 1, 1 and 12 yards. After starting the first five games, he was demoted to second team by coach Sylvester Croom. New starter Christian Ducre finished with eight carries for 20 yards.

Mississippi State scored on three of its first four possessions to open the second half and capped the comeback with a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by Anthony Johnson in the final two minutes.

UAB led 13-9 after three quarters. But the Blazers, who rank 115th in the NCAA in total defense, could not get a fourth-quarter stop.

Sam Hunt was 15-of-34 for 222 yards and Frantrell Forest caught seven passes for 119 yards for the Blazers.

The pair helped UAB build a 10-3 halftime lead by connecting on a 31-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter. The score capped the only serious offensive series by either team in the first half.

The Bulldogs managed only 50 yards in total offense and turned the ball over twice in the first half before turning to Carroll and Dixon.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UAB
MSST
1st Downs1116
Total Yards288284
Passing217119
Rushing71165
Penalties10-701-15
3rd Down Conversions6-168-15
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers12
Possession27:5732:03

Passing Leaders

UABC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hunt16/352176.211
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carroll9/12937.800

Rushing Leaders

UABCARYDSAVGTDLG
Slaughter12433.608
Thornton8344.3011
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon321524.8318
Ducre8202.508

Receiving Leaders

UABRECYDSAVGTDLG
Forrest712217.4134
Sigler24321.5029
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith4389.5023
Long22110.5014

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERUABMSST
FG14:08Swayze Waters 42 Yd 30
FG10:01Adam Carlson 39 Yd 33
TD03:12Frantrell Forrest 31 Yd Pass From Sam Hunt (Swayze Waters Kick) 103
THIRD QUARTERUABMSST
TD05:46Anthony Dixon 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 109
FG02:24Swayze Waters 29 Yd 139
FOURTH QUARTERUABMSST
TD08:00Anthony Dixon 10 Yd Run (Adam Carlson Kick) 1316
TD02:03Anthony Dixon 12 Yd Run (Adam Carlson Kick) 1323
TD01:49Anthony Johnson 30 Yd Interception Return (Adam Carlson Kick) 1330