Rice falls to MSU, 44-7, in Liberty Bowl

Rice falls to MSU, 44-7, in Liberty Bowl

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MEMPHIS, TN - DECEMBER 31: Jameon Lewis #4 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs catches a pass against Jaylon Finner #25 of the Rice Owls during the 55th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on December 31, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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by STEVE MEGARGEE / The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 7:27 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores and Mississippi State trounced Rice 44-7 on Tuesday in the most one-sided Liberty Bowl victory in the game’s 55-year history.

Mississippi State (7-6) wrapped up its fourth straight winning season and prevented Rice (10-4) from winning bowl games in back-to-back years for the first time. By accounting for five touchdowns, Prescott set a Liberty Bowl record.

After falling behind 7-0, the Bulldogs scored touchdowns on four consecutive possessions.

Mississippi State’s Jameon Lewis caught nine passes for 220 yards to break the Liberty Bowl receiving record held by Houston’s Vincent Marshall, who had 201 yards in a 44-36 loss to South Carolina in 2006. Lewis also set the school single-game record.

Prescott was 17 of 28 for 283 yards and also ran for 78 yards on 14 carries.

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