MEMPHIS, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Anthony Dixon scored from a yard out with 1:54 left Saturday to give the Mississippi State Bulldogs a 10-3 Liberty Bowl victory over Central Florida.
Dixon gained 86 yards on 24 carries for the Bulldogs (8-5), who finished their season by winning four of five after a 4-4 start. It was Mississippi State's first bowl win since beating Texas A&M in the 2000 Independence Bowl.
Kevin Smith, the nation's leading rusher and scorer, gained 119 yards on 35 carries for UCF. He finished the season with 2,567 yards on the ground, falling 61 yards shy of Barry Sanders' single-season rushing record, set at Oklahoma State in 1988.
Kyle Israel was intercepted three times for the Knights (10-3). He completed only 10 of 24 passes for 88 yards.
UCF had a seven-game win streak stopped.