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Mississippi St 13, Memphis 10

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) _ Pig Prather's interception with 48 seconds left sealed Mississippi State's 13-10 victory over Memphis on Saturday night.

Memphis, which missed a game-tying field goal with six minutes left, had one more chance after forcing Mississippi State to punt. But Travis Anglin's long pass was intercepted by Prather, a former fullback who dove to make the catch at the 7.

Mississippi State (2-0) then ran out the clock.

Memphis sophomore kicker Ryan White, who made all 16 of his field goal attempts in 1998, got the Tigers (0-2) within 13-10 with a 22-yard field goal with 8:14 left.

The Tigers got the ball right back when Calvin Lewis recovered a fumble by Dicenzo Miller at the Mississippi State 39. After Teoflio Riley's 9-yard gain, Memphis lost yardage on two straight plays, forcing White to try a long field goal.

White, who missed a 40-yarder in the Tigers' 3-0 season-opening loss to Mississippi, missed a 51-yard attempt. The kick had plenty of distance, but was pushed wide left.

Memphis was held to just 181 yards, and didn't get into Mississippi State territory until Darche Eptin's blocked punt set the Tigers up at the 23 early in the third quarter. After two runs by Gerard Arnold to the 1, Anglin scored on a 1-yard keeper to make it 10-7.

The Bulldogs responded by moving 70 yards in 10 plays for Scott Westerfield's 21-yard field goal with 4:08 left in the third quarter that proved to be the difference.

Mississippi State went ahead 10-0 when Justin Griffith scored on a 3-yard run with 3:25 left before halftime. Kelvin Love's 36-yard catch to the 15 was the key play in the 60-yard drive.

The Bulldogs missed another scoring chance when Westerfield, whose 43-yard field goal ended the first possession of the game, missed left on a 33-yard attempt on the final play of the half.


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