COL FB: Miss. St. 45, Middle Tenn. 3

Oct. 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Tyler Russell fired a trio of scoring strikes and 16th-ranked Mississippi State remained undefeated Saturday, humbling Middle Tennessee 45-3.

Russell connected on 17-of-21 passes for 191 yards, while Chris Smith made seven receptions for 66 yards with two scores as the Bulldogs (7-0) won their ninth straight dating back to last season.

The victory marked only second 7-0 start in the program's 113-year history.

LaDarius Perkins helped out with 125 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Middle Tennessee (4-3) was led by Logan Kilgore, who completed 16-for-25 passes for 159 yards with an interception.

Anthony Amos made six catches for 93 yards for the losers.

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