Updated: Saturday, October 30, 2004 6:51 PM EDT
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Mississippi St 22, Kentucky 7
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STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- The future is starting to look brighter for Sylvester Croom and Mississippi State.

Jerious Norwood and Fred Reid led a high-powered ground attack as the Bulldogs defeated Kentucky, 22-7, in a Southeastern Conference contest.

The Bulldogs (3-5, 2-3 SEC West), who shocked Florida last week, 38-31, have won consecutive conference games for the first time since the 2000 season.

Norwood ran 24 times for 165 yards and Reid carried 11 times for 109 for the Bulldogs, who held a 340-84 advantage on the ground. Reid's 32-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter capped the scoring.

The SEC's Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 174 yards and two touchdowns against Florida, Norwood has rushed for 540 yards in the last three weeks.

Kentucky quarterback Shane Boyd completed 11-of-24 passes for 103 yards, but his interception just 62 seconds into the game was returned 35 yards by Quinton Culberson for a touchdown.

Boyd, who ran for 54 yards on 15 carries, scored on a six-yard run in the third period to cut the deficit to 13-7.

The Wildcats (1-8, 0-6 East), who have lost six straight games, lead the all-time series, 18-14.


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