LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Tyler Russell completed 23 of 39 passes for 269 yards with two touchdowns through the air to lead No. 20 Mississippi State to a 27-14 win over Kentucky on Saturday. Mississippi State (5-0) kept its flawless record intact while amassing 427 offensive yards. LaDarius Perkins chewed up 115 yards on 25 carries with a touchdown to lead MSU on the ground while Chad Bumphis was the top receiver with nine catches for 104 yards with a score. Bumphis broke the school record for career touchdown catches with 18. Mississippi State set the tone early, marching 85 yards on 13 plays on the first drive of the game, capped off by a 10-yard screen pass from Russell to fullback Adrian Marcus. Later in the quarter Perkins busted loose for a 31-yard touchdown run. Kentucky dropped to 1-5 on the year and lost to their third straight ranked Southeastern Conference opponent. Kentucky freshman quarterback Patrick Towles made his first college drive a success early in the second quarter by marching the offense 80 yard in 10-plays and hitting a wide open La'Rod King for a 32-yard touchdown to cut the lead in half. But Towles left the game just before intermission with an ankle injury and did not return. Fellow true freshman Jalen Whitlow, who started the game under center for the Wildcats, filled in for Towles the rest of the way. Whitlow finished 10-of-21 passing for 73 yards while Raymond Sanders added 43 yards on 13 carries. King was UK's leading receiver with two catches for 46 yards and a touchdown. The Wildcats totaled just 228 yards which included 84 yards on the ground. The Bulldogs added a pair of field goals from Devon Bell just before halftime to take a 20-7 lead into the locker room. Mississippi State started the second half with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Russell to Bumphis. But the Wildcats answered midway through the third quarter on a 3-yard touchdown scramble by Whitlow to cut the lead to 27-14 and cap the scoring. Notes: Towles completed 5-of-6 passing for 71 yards before his exit. ... Mississippi State sophomore defensive tackle P.J. Jones played for the first time all season after a four-game suspension for a violation of team rules. ... MSU opened the season at 5-0 for just the fourth time in school history and first since 1999.
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By Logan Lowery, The Sports Xchange October 6, 2012 4:30 PM