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Russell ties school mark with 4 touchdown passes to lead Mississippi St. past Memphis 49-7

Backup quarterback Tyler Russell tied a school record with four touchdown passes in his debut and Mississippi State fell just shy of the mark for total yards on the way to a season-opening 49-7 win over Memphis on Saturday night.Maurice Langston had two interceptions, Chad Bumphis and Brandon Heavens each caught two touchdowns and the Bulldogs ruined the debut of Tigers coach Larry Porter with the most points they've had since 2002.Chris Relf started and played well, but Russell stole the show with a nearly flawless performance against the overmanned Tigers secondary. He's now one of seven Bulldogs quarterbacks tied for the school record of four passing touchdowns in a game.The Bulldogs passed for 372 yards and finished with 569 total yards, just 27 shy of the school record.Running back Vick Ballard also had two rushing touchdowns for Mississippi State, including a 51-yarder.Relf overcame an interception on Mississippi State's first drive with a 55-yard touchdown pass to Leon Berry. He...

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