From combined reports



All three of Mississippi's NCAA FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools came away with wins last week.

The University of Southern Mississippi Dominated Southern University, while both Mississippi State and Ole Miss fell behind early before taking solid victories. MSU pounded homestanding Louisiana Tech 57-21, while Ole Miss turned a 17-16 halftime lead into a 45-23 win over visiting UT-Martin.

This week the Rebels head West to take on the University of California, while USM visits Louisiana-Monroe and the Bulldogs of MSU open SEC play by hosting LSU.

In other NCAA action around the state last weekend, Alcorn State dropped a 17-10 decision to Florida International in a game that was located to Birmingham and played on Friday night, Jackson State dropped a tight one to Tennessee State 17-15, Mississippi Valley was hammered by Southern Illinois 55-3, Mississippi College lost to Southwest (Mo.) Baptist 32-9 on the road, and Millsaps took a 29-13 road win over Texas Wesleyan.



MISS. STATE

A solid performance on both sides of the ball for the second straight week led Mississippi State (2-0) to a convincing 57-21 victory at Louisiana Tech (1-1) Saturday night.

Things were a bit shaky early on for State, as Tech mounted a 9-0 lead. But the Bulldogs from Starkville answered with 36 consecutive points of their own to take total control of the contest. Leading 36-14 at halftime, MSU picked up right where it left off in the second half, outscoring Tech 21-7, the lone LTU score coming in the final seconds of the game.

"I think overall we played well and set our selves up for the start of league play next week," head coach Dan Mullen said after the win.

Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald had another big night, giving way to Keytaon Thompson midway through the second half for the second week in a row. Fitzgerald accounted for 235 yards of total offense and five touchdowns. He was 12-for-18 for 124 yards and three scores through the air while rushing for 111 yards and two TDs. Gabe Myles, Donald Gray and Jordan Thomas all hauled in TD receptions for the Bulldogs, while rookie Kylin Hill scored for the first time in his career with a rushing touchdown. Aeris Williams rushed nine times for 107 yards on the night.



OLE MISS

An early kickoff was accompanied by a sluggish start for Ole Miss, but it persevered to a 45-23 win over UT Martin to improve to 2-0 on the season.

“I wasn’t very happy with our energy in the first half,” head coach Matt Luke said. “Overall, I just thought we played a little sloppy today. We have to go back and look at it and improve.”

The Rebels finished the game in a much more appealing fashion than they started. UT-Martin jumped out to a 9-0 lead early on behind a rushing attack that tallied 67 yards in the opening quarter. Ole Miss was stopped on its opening drive, but the offense quickly gelled after that. Shea Patterson found A.J. Brown for a 58-yard touchdown pass. UT Martin answered that with a score of their own to go up 16-7.

Ole Miss proceeded to score 31 consecutive points after that highlighted by a 21-point third quarter in which the offense scored on every drive. Patterson found Brown on a two-yard touchdown pass for a second time just before halftime to give the Rebels a 17-16 lead.

Ole Miss continued to show how dynamic it can be in the passing game. Patterson threw for 489 yards and five scores. He broke the school record for passing yards in a single game, completed 74.4 percent of his throws and threw passes to nine different receivers. Four different receivers caught touchdown passes.



SOUTHERN MISS

Southern Miss took advantage of Southern University miscues early and then proceeded to dominate the Jaguars throughout as the Golden Eagles dominated 45-0 Saturday night before 24,337 at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

Junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start, and the Golden Eagles (1-1) scored in all three phases of the game to bounce back from a season-opening loss to Kentucky.

T'Rod Daniels led the Golden Eagles’ rushers, picking up 83 yards on just 10 carries. Smith, who was limited to 37 yards rushing by the University of Kentucky last week, ran for 77 yards on 17 carries. Both runners’ longest runs of the evening came on their touchdowns.

Allenzae Staggers, who was held without a catch in the Golden Eagles’ opener, led USM with five catches for 62 yards. Freshman Jaylond Adams had two catches for 51 yards. After only four players caught a pass against Kentucky, 11 players had at least one catch Saturday and five players had two or more.