UPDATE: Dixon sets record as Miss. State rolls 31-24

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Anthony Dixon rushed for two touchdowns and a school-record 252 yards as Mississippi State kept its bowl hopes alive by outlasting Kentucky 31-24 on Saturday night.

Dixon broke Jerious Norwood’s single-game record of 247 yards just two weeks after he surpassed Norwood’s career rushing mark of 3,212 yards. Norwood set the one-game record in 2005 against Houston.

Mississippi State (4-5, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) won its second straight matchup in Lexington against the Wildcats (4-4, 1-4), who defeated the Bulldogs last year in Starkville.

Dixon scored his second touchdown from 3 yards out with a minute left in the third quarter to give the Bulldogs their winning margin.

Kentucky freshman quarterback Morgan Newton led the Wildcats inside the 20 in an attempt to tie, but turned the ball over on downs with 1 minute to go.

Read more in the NEMS Daily Journal Sunday.

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Jeffrey McMurray/The Associated Press