By CHRIS TALBOTT
Associated Press Writer
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Backup quarterback Tyler Russell tied a
school record with four touchdown passes in his debut and
Mississippi State fell just shy of the mark for total yards on the
way to a 49-7 win over Memphis on Saturday night.
Maurice Langston had two interceptions, Chad Bumphis and Brandon
Heavens each caught two touchdowns and the Bulldogs ruined the
debut of Tigers coach Larry Porter with the most points they've had
Chris Relf started and played well, but Russell stole the show
with a nearly flawless performance against the overmanned Tigers
secondary. He's now one of seven Bulldogs quarterbacks tied for the
school record of four passing touchdowns in a game.
The Bulldogs passed for 372 yards and finished with 569 total
yards, just 27 shy of the school record.
Running back Vick Ballard also had two rushing touchdowns for
Mississippi State, including a 51-yarder.
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