FINAL: MSU 45, Arkansas 14 (with Videos)

Recapping MSU’s 45-14 win over Arkansas at Davis Wade STadium on Saturday.

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Talk about payback.

MSU tossed aside some recent and historical frustration, capitalizing on a slew of second-half Arkansas turnovers to turn a tight game into a blowout. Not only did the win snap State’s three-game losing skid, it also snapped the Hogs’ three-game winning streak over the Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3 SEC). A lot of individual and team records fell in the process, including the most points MSU has ever scored against Arkansas (4-7, 2-5).

MSU forced five turnovers, including a pair of interceptions by Tyler Wilson.

Wilson was stopped inches from the sticks on a fourth-down scramble in the third quarter, and while MSU’s offense couldn’t take advantage of that one, a tone was set. The defense got it back quickly when Cam Lawrence recovered a fumble. Two plays later, Tyler Russell hit LaDarius Perkins down the right sideline for a 24-yard touchdown pass and a 31-14 lead.

And the rout was on. Preston Smith recovered a fumble, and Darius Slay got his fifth interception of the season. MSU outscored Arkansas 28-0 in the second half, with four different players scoring. Backup QB Dak Prescott scored on a 4-yard run on a fourth-and-1 for a 24-14 lead.

Russell threw for 274 yards and four touchdowns on 19-of-32 passing, with two each to Perkins and Chad Bumphis. Perkins rushed for 91 yards, while Bumphis had 82 yards on six catches. MSU finished with 505 total yards, with 302 passing and 203 rushing. It’s the first time MSU has had back-to-back 300-yard passing games since 1999.

Russell broke the single-season school record for completions (201), passing yards (2,523) and 200-yard passing games (seven). Bumphis now has 10 receiving TDs this year, breaking the old record of nine. As a team, MSU set a single-season passing yardage mark (2,682).

Arkansas gained 359 total yards. Wilson was 23 of 29 for 225 yards, two TDs and two interceptions. The Hogs couldn’t get the run game on track, managing 126 yards on 33 carries, and 76 of those yards came in the first half. Cobi Hamilton was slowed after halftime – the SEC’s leading receiver had just one catch for 20 yards in the second half (seven for 88 total, one TD).

Here are some videos: Bumphis, Russell, Perkins, Lawrence and linebacker Benardrick McKinney. Scoring summary is below that.

Scoring

FIRST QUARTER

MSU – LaDarius Perkins 13 pass from Tyler Russell (Devon Bell kick), 9:32 (15 plays, 75 yards, 5:28)

Ark – Cobi Hamilton 30 pass from Tyler Wilson (Zach Hocker kick), 4:24 (11 plays, 86 yards, 5:03)

SECOND QUARTER

Ark – Dennis Johnson 8 pass from Wilson (Hocker kick), 12:17 (10 plays, 65 yards, 4:14)

MSU – Bell 39 field goal, 9:38 (4 plays, 6 yards, :50)

MSU – Chad Bumphis 6 pass from Russell (Bell kick), 4:48 (5 plays, 78 yards, 1:58)

THIRD QUARTER

MSU – Dak Prescott 4 run (Bell kick), 5:51 (8 plays, 69 yards, 4:09)

MSU – Perkins 24 pass from Russell (Bell kick), 1:31 (2 plays, 37 yards, :32

FOURTH QUARTER

MSU – Bumphis 22 pass from Russell (Bell kick), 14:50 (4 plays, 45 yards, 1:08)

MSU – Nick Griffin 60 run (Bell kick), 12:22 (1 play, 60 yards, :10)

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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