Mississippi St. 47, Cal St.-Fullerton 3
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) _ Fullbacks William Prince and Michael Davis each scored two touchdowns as Mississippi State beat Cal State Fullerton 47-3 and welcomed Jackie Sherrill back to coaching in a big way.
Prince ran for 56 yards on eight carries, including touchdown runs of one and three yards, and Davis, a freshman, carried seven times for 60 yards and scored on runs of 12 and 19 yards.
Quarterback William ″Sleepy″ Robinson, who directed the option-oriented attack, ran for 97 yards in 16 carries, and his 2-yard score gave the Bulldogs a 21-3 lead with 25 seconds left in the half.
The Bulldogs, with their biggest scoring output since a 55-31 defeat of LSU in 1980, made a winner of Sherrill three years after leaving Texas A&M under a cloud of controversy amid an NCAA investigation. A&M subseqently was placed on probation.
Robinson, a short-yardage specialist who completed seven of nine passes for 25 yards and four TDs last season, hit four of 10 Saturday for 86 yards, including a 55-yard pass to Willie Harris to set up Prince’s first score in the second quarter.
Harris outdistanced the Fullerton secondary, but after the catch lost his balance and was unable to score. Prince plunged in from a yard out on the next play.
Fullerton’s Harper Davis fumbled the ball away at the 11 two plays later, setting up Robinson’s touchdown run.
Michael Davis, who scored the Bulldogs’ first touchdown with a 12-yard run in the second quarter, opened the drive with a 4-yard run and Robinson carried the next plays to get the score.
Cal State got its only points when Phil Nevin kicked a 26-yard field goal with 3:35 remaining in the first half. Nevin’s kick ended a 12-play, 71-yard drive, the Titans’ longest of the game.
The Bulldogs opened the third quarter with a nine-play, 62-yard drive that ended on Prince’s 3-yard run with 10:48 left.
Mississippi State, which outgained Fullerton 402 yards to 254, added touchdowns in the fourth quarter on Davis’ 19-yard run, Tay Galloway’s 17-yard run and Todd Jordan’s 4-yard pass to Chris Bosarge.