MSU-Troy State Game Notes

Posted Oct 13, 2002

Mississippi State - Troy State football game notes.

  • The attendance of 49,546 was the largest homecoming crowd in MSU history.
  • MSU's six pass interceptions tied the school record for the most ever, matching the Bulldogs' six pickoffs vs. Arkansas in 1939.
  • With his three interceptions in the game, freshman Darren Williams became only the 4th player in MSU history to have three or more pickoffs in a game. The school record is 4, held by Jack Nix (vs. Arkansas in 1939.)
  • Freshman Darren Williams had 44 return yards after the 3 interceptions. Williams also had 3 tackles and 3 pass deflections to go along with his 3 interceptions.
  • TE Donald Lee's four receptions in the game were a career high.
  • CB Kevin Dockery and TE Aaron Lumpkin made their first career starts in the game.
  • Troy State's six interceptions thrown in the game was a TSU school record.
  • Mario Haggan led all players, TSU and MSU, with 10 tackles (6 solos). Freshman cornerback Kevin Dockery, in his first career start, had 7 tackles (3 solos) while junior defensive end Kamau Jackson had 8 (2 solos).
  • The MSU defense recorded 5 of its 6 interceptions in the 2nd half. TSU had 7 drives in the second half. One ended in a punt, one a touchdown on a 3-play, 12 yard drive after a fumble and the other five ended in interceptions.
  • Robert Wallis, starting in place of regular punter Jared Cook, punted the ball 6 times for a 46.5 average.
  • MSU took advantage of the 6 interceptions to the tune of just 3 points. TSU did a little better, scoring a touchdown on a 3 play, 12-yard drive.
  • MSU dominated the battle of the clock in the second half with a time of possession of 21:24 compared to 8:36 for TSU.
  • After recording 2 penalties against South Carolina, MSU recorded 6 against TSU.
  • Kevin Fant, after being sacked 5 times by TSU, has been sacked 14 times this season.
  • The 111 yards by Fred Reid is the first 100 or more yard game by a Bulldog running back this season.

    Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (, the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at

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