Bulldogs Leap Past Kentucky

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) _ Mississippi State's running game finally showed up and the Bulldogs finally won. Dicenzo Miller's 136 rushing yards and reserve quarterback Kevin Fant's second-half touchdown pass gave Mississippi State a 17-14 victory over Kentucky on Saturday. Mississippi State (2-5, 1-4 SEC) used a balanced rushing attack led by Dicenzo Miller, back at full strength following an ankle injury. Miller had 22 carries to help the Bulldogs control the clock in the second half. ``We want people to remember at the end of November that we didn't give up, even with the bad start,'' said Miller, who moved into MSU's top 10 list of all-time rushers with Saturday's output. Kentucky (1-7, 0-6) took a 14-7 lead in the third quarter when Jared Lorenzen hit Ernest Simms on a 37-yard touchdown pass with a minute left in the quarter. Fant then guided Mississippi State on a long drive, but failed to convert on a third-down pass attempt. The Bulldogs had to settle for a 22-yard field goal by John Michael Marlin to make it 14-10. Fant threw a 76-yard pass to Justin Jenkins to set up the last score, with Dontae Walker's 1-yard touchdown run. ``When I came in the team had high energy,'' Fant said. ``We'll try to win them all from here.'' Mississippi State would have to win its four remaining games to even be considered for a bowl bid, after opening the season as a favorite to win the SEC Western Division. ``For kids not to fold, it's a great feeling (for a coach) to have,'' said MSU coach Jackie Sherrill. The Bulldogs kept the ball nearly 7 minutes longer than Kentucky and outgained the Wildcats 221-2 in rushing yards. ``I knew Jackie was going to try and pound the ball on the ground,'' said Kentucky coach Guy Morriss, who was an MSU assistant on Sherrill's staff in 1996. Fant started the second half at quarterback for starter Wayne Madkin, who once again struggled. Fant drove the Bulldogs 80 yards in 13 plays on their first possession of the half, finding Jenkins on a 9-yard touchdown pass to finalize a drive that spanned nearly 8 minutes. Kentucky's first score came after David Miller intercepted Madkin's pass midway through the second quarter. The Wildcats started at the MSU 29 and needed only three plays as Lorenzen threw 14 yards to Aaron Boone for the touchdown. Lorenzen was 26-of-46 passing for 320 yards and two interceptions. Derek Abney had 12 catches for 123 yards for Kentucky. Madkin was 11-of-22 for 87 yards with one interception. Fant was 6-of-10 for 120 yards.