Cowbells ring in the New Year as Mississippi State burned Rice at the Liberty Bowl

MEMPHIS, TN (WLOX) - Mississippi State burned the Rice Owls by 37 points for the largest margin of victory in the 55-year history of the Liberty Bowl.

Sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott set a Liberty Bowl record with five total touchdowns.

The Louisiana native completed 17 of 28 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns and he added 78 yards rushing on 14 carries and 2 TDs.

Bulldogs wide receiver Daveon Lewis snagged nine passes for 220 yards to establish a new Liberty Bowl receiving record.  Houston's Vincent Marshall set the previous record in 2006, 201 yards in a 44-36 loss to South Carolina.  The 220 yards also set a new Mississippi State single-game record.

Rice caught fire early, but quickly cooled off.  Charles Ross cracked the goal line from the Bulldogs one to give Rice its only lead.

The Conference USA champs were no match for the Bulldogs of the SEC. Mississippi State jumped out to a 27-7 halftime lead as Prescott tossed three touchdown passes.

LaDarius Perkins hauled in a 10-yard TD strike from Prescott, Malcolm Johnson grabbed a 13-yard touchdown pass and freshman tight end Artimas Samuel's 4-yard reception gave the Bulldogs a commanding 20 point halftime advantage.

Bulldog fans are looking forward to the 2014 season thanks to the presence of Dak Prescott who has loads of talent, a threat on the ground or in the air.

The 44-7 win handed Mississippi State a fourth consecutive winning season, posting 7 victories and 6 losses on the year.

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