Vanderbilt halfway to winless season with 24-17 loss to Mississippi State

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Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason, gestures as he speaks into his headset during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Will Rogers threw for 226 yards and a touchdown, and Mississippi State’s defense combined for five turnovers to narrowly eke out a 24-17 victory over winless Vanderbilt.

Mississippi State finally won its first home game under first-year coach Mike Leach after losing their first two attempts to Arkansas and Texas A&M last month.

Vanderbilt had 478 yards of total offense, more than twice Mississippi State’s total, but ultimately couldn’t overcome its turnover woes.

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