UPDATE: Dixon drives Miss. State past MTSU

MURFREESBORO — Anthony Dixon rushed for 135 yards and spectacular two touchdowns to become Mississippi State’s career rushing leader, and the Bulldogs used a stifling defense to beat Middle Tennessee State 27-6 on Saturday.

Dixon’s 57-yard touchdown run in the second quarter pushed him past Jerious Norwood on the career list and broke open a close game. His fifth straight 100-yard game also gave him another school record with 14 in his career.

The Mississippi State (3-4) defense picked off four passes, kept MTSU (3-3) out of the end zone on two drives deep into Bulldogs territory and held the Blue Raiders to 42 yards rushing to end a three-game losing streak.

Dixon finished off MTSU late in the fourth quarter when he took the handoff and dived into the end zone from the 1. He was hit in the legs, did a flip in the air and landed on his feet.

Watch for more on this game at NEMS360.com and Sunday in the NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.

Chris Talbott/The Associated Press