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Starkville, MS

Mississippi State rolls past Northwestern State

3081 days ago
Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Dak Prescott threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns, Gabe Myles caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score and Mississippi State easily beat Northwestern State 62-13 on Saturday.

Mississippi State (2-1) was in control the entire afternoon, jumping out to a 34-6 lead by halftime. The Bulldogs' 647 total yards set a school record.

Prescott became the school's career leader in passing yards after a 45-yard completion to Donald Gray in the second quarter. He now has 6,382 career yards, pushing him past Wayne Madkin's mark of 6,336, which was set in 2001.

It is Prescott's 21st school record. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior completed his first nine passing attempts against the Demons, finishing 10 of 11 through the air.

Northwestern State (0-3), which plays at the Football Championship Subdivision level, had 257 total yards. The Demons are 0-20 all-time against teams from the Southeastern Conference.

The game was never in doubt with Mississippi State scoring its first touchdown 99 seconds into the first quarter on Prescott's 49-yard pass to Myles.

That was followed by two more touchdowns in the first quarter for a 20-0 lead.

Mississippi State had a few sloppy moments -- like two lost fumbles in the second quarter -- but was generally efficient in building its big halftime lead.

With the scoreboard showing plenty of good news, some individual performances by Mississippi State players were also encouraging as the Bulldogs prepare for two straight conference road games against Auburn and Texas A&M.

Starting running back Ashton Shumpert ran for 55 yards and a touchdown, averaging more than six yards per carry. He had just 68 yards rushing in the first two games combined.

Myles also had a breakout game, scoring his first two career touchdowns. The 6-foot-0, 192-pound sophomore has become increasingly important for the Bulldogs.

And, of course, there was Prescott, who effortlessly guided the Bulldogs' in the first half. In addition to his passing numbers, he ran for 54 yards, including a 42-yarder late in the second quarter that set up the team's final touchdown before halftime.