By Logan Lowery
MEMPHIS – In two games inside Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Mississippi State’s Jameon Lewis has hauled in 13 passes for 333 yards and 419 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
Lewis made his debut against Memphis to open the 2011 season leading the Bulldogs with four catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. He hauled in an 80-yard score from Tyler Russell and ran in from 19-yards as well in a 59-14 win over the Tigers.
On Tuesday, the Tylertown native topped those numbers in a big way en route to being named the Liberty Bowl’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. Lewis set a school and bowl record with nine catches for 220 yards in a 44-7 rout of Rice.
“It was the game plan, the game plan worked,” Lewis said. “I was just happy Dak (Prescott) kept finding me. I am thankful to the coaches for putting me in the right situation to make plays for this team.”
Lewis’ 220 receiving yards broke David Smith’s school record of 215 set against Texas Tech in 1970. His 267 all-purpose yards was the third-highest total in Liberty Bowl history and broke the bowl record of 201 receiving yards set by Houston’s Vincent Marshall against South Carolina in 2006.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder finished the year with 64 catches for 923 yards and five touchdowns, the fourth-best season in school history. Lewis also added three rushing scores and three passing touchdowns.
“We always knew Jameon was a great play-maker,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen. “I know everybody’s been excited about him he’s been here. When he has the ball in his hands he’s special. I think he really embraced that he was going to be the go-to guy after Chad (Bumphis) left. He embraced how to become a great football player and you saw that tonight with his route running, getting open and making catches.”