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Columbia, MO

Mississippi State tops Mizzou

2885 days ago
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Dak Prescott threw four touchdown passes and No. 24 Mississippi State got 100-yard receiving games from De'Runnya Wilson and Fred Ross in a rain-soaked 31-13 victory over Missouri on Thursday night.

The Bulldogs kicked it into gear after a heavy downpour stopped at halftime, turning a one-point game into a runaway with a 17-point third quarter that included two of Prescott's TD throws.

Wilson had two touchdown receptions and Ross and Fred Brown had one each for Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference), which has won four in a row to stay in contention in the SEC West. The Bulldogs pulled away without left tackle Rufus Warren, who injured his left leg late in the first half.

Prescott became the 10th player in SEC history with 10,000 yards of total offense after entering the game needing just 65. He was 27 for 40 for 303 yards and led the Bulldogs in rushing with 47 yards on 14 carries.

Russell Hansbrough's 14-yard run late in the first half gave Missouri (4-5, 1-5) its first touchdown in four games. Kentrell Brothers forced a fumble and blocked a punt to set up a pair of field goals in the first half for the Tigers. They have lost four in a row for the first time since 2004.

Freshman quarterback Drew Lock, who has been the starter throughout the losing streak, was 11 of 26 for 107 yards and was sacked five times. Maty Mauk, who began the year as the starter, was suspended for the second time this season on Sunday for violation of team policies.

Wilson caught four passes for 102 yards with scores of 28 and 5 yards, the first set up by Brandon Holloway's 69-yard kickoff return and the second set up by Wilson's 63-yard reception. Ross had 11 receptions for 115 yards.

Mississippi State opened fast. Ross was wide open on a 36-yard catch to cap the opening drive of 62 yards on four plays in 42 seconds, but the Bulldogs didn't score again until Wilson's 28-yard grab midway through the second quarter made it 14-6.

Hansbrough's TD was his first of the year after getting 10 last season, and Missouri's first since Ish Witter scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter of a victory over South Carolina on Oct. 3.

Missouri reserve Tyler Hunt had a 35-yard reception and a 72-yard run.

Both teams had last weekend off.