Mississippi State ekes past short-handed Vanderbilt 24-17

Mississippi State ekes past short-handed Vanderbilt 24-17
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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Will Rogers threw for 226 yards and a touchdown, and Mississippi State’s defense combined for five turnovers to narrowly eke out a 24-17 victory over winless Vanderbilt.

Mississippi State finally won its first home game under first-year coach Mike Leach after losing their first two attempts to Arkansas and Texas A&M last month.

Vanderbilt had 478 yards of total offense, more than twice Mississippi State’s total, but ultimately couldn’t overcome its turnover woes.

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