MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Don Glosson kicked three field goals to lead Memphis State to a 23-12 victory Saturday night over fumble-prone Mississippi State in a downpour at the Liberty Bowl.
Memphis State improved to 5-1-1, while the Bulldogs fell to 3-4.
Slippery conditions made ball handling clumsy, and Memphis State quarterback Danny Sparkman connected on only one of five pass attempts. Bulldog quarterback Don Smith hit seven of 23 attempts.
Sparkman hit Enis Jackson on a 75-yard bomb and James 'Punkin' Williams made a 67-yard run to round out the Tigers' scoring.
Smith made a 5-yard touchdown run and Mikel Williams added an 8-yard scoring run for Mississippi State's 12 points.
Early in the first quarter Smith fumbled the snap, giving Memphis State possession at the Bulldog 32-yard line. The Tigers moved to the 20, where Glosson' kicked a 37-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
On Mississippi State's next possession, Smith's fumble put the Tigers on the Bulldog 45. Memphis State drove 39 yards to set up Glosson's 23-yard field goal for a 6-0 lead.
Just two plays later, Smith fumbled the snap and Memphis State took possession on the Bulldog 26. Glosson's 39-yarder with 1:37 remaining in the first quarter provided a 9-0 advantage that held through the first half.
Midway through the third quarter, Mississippi State kicker Artie Cosby's failed 37-yard field goal attempt gave Memphis State the ball on the Bulldog 20-yard line. Sparkman's 75-yard bomb to Jackson put the Tigers ahead 16-0.
On Memphis State's next possession, Sparkman handed off to 'Punkin' Williams at their own 33, and WIlliams, who had 137 yards on the night, raced 67 yards to put the Tigers up 23-0 with 2:17 left in the third quarter.
Mississippi State rallied in the final period as Smith connected on a 34-yard pass to Art Mordecai to set up his own 5-yard TD run. A failed two-point conversion left the score at 23-6.
Seven minutes later, Smith highlighted a 78-yard drive with a 38-yard pass to Mordecai, setting up an 8-yard run by Mikel Williams. A bad snap ruined the extra-point attempt.