Troy State Shocks MSU In Soggy Starkville

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) _ After three straight losses Mississippi State probably didn't think it could get any worse _ until it provided Troy State the Division I-A upset it had been looking for. The Trojans (2-3), newcomers to D I-A football, recorded their first win over a major college program in its 21-9 victory at Mississippi State (1-4) Saturday, a game that was delayed by a tornado warning. ``We've had wins against Division I-A teams but none over a team of the magnitude of what Mississippi State is,'' said 11th-year coach Larry Blakeney. Wayne Madkin, who has struggled in his senior season for MSU, threw two interceptions and was 12-of-30 passing. ``We're to the point where we've got to get some answers,'' Madkin said. ``I'm frustrated. I'm speechless.'' Demontray Carter, a senior who transferred from Auburn, caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Brock Nutter early in the second half as the Trojans raced to a 21-0 lead. Carter had 90 all-purpose yards and Nutter was 10-of-26 for 130 yards. Both teams were sent to the dressing rooms when emergency sirens began blaring with 12:36 left in the second quarter. The 1-hour and 10-minute delay came immediately after Troy State's first touchdown when a tornado was detected as it was forming, about 15 miles southwest of Davis-Wade Stadium. All of Oktibbeha County was placed under a tornado warning until 3 p.m and the stadium was cleared as the sirens sounded. When play resumed on the water-soaked field, Troy State scored a second touchdown on Rayshun Reed's 73-yard interception return of a Wayne Madkin pass.

Much of the game was played in a rainstorm and the scoreboard clock was inoperable. Time was kept by officials on the field. Madkin was replaced late in the game by Kevin Fant who was 1-of-4 passing for 4 yards. Despite the lopsided score, MSU outgained Troy State in total yards 284-212. After winning their season opener against Memphis, the Bulldogs have equaled the worst start in Sherrill's 11 years at MSU. The first score by Troy State came after a 5-play, 54-yard drive capped by Carter's touchdown catch. ''(Carter) competes at the level you have to to be successful against the type of teams we've been playing,'' Blakeney said. After forcing MSU to punt with six minutes left in the first half, return man Heyward Skipper broke four tackles and carried the ball to the MSU 42. Carter ran for 15 yards to open that drive and scored on a 23-yard scamper to cap what was only a three-play march. Skipper caught four passes for 46 yards but no other Troy State receiver had more than two catches. MSU got two catches each from Harold Lindsay, Antonio Hargro and Terrell Grindle en route to 144 passing yards. MSU cut the deficit with a 9-play, 65-yard scoring drive just before halftime that included a successful fourth-and-one run by Walker. Justin Jenkins made a 22-yard, one-handed reception for the touchdown. The extra-point try failed. The Bulldogs recovered a fumble and had first-and-10 at the Troy 11 soon after but had to settle for a 24-yard Marlin field goal that ended the scoring. The MSU defense, led by Pig Prather's nine tackles, had three interceptions. Corey Sears had 10 tackles and Freeman White had nine for the Trojans.