Rob Fesmire, an all-Southeastern Conference safety, recovered a fumble to set up the game's only touchdown today as Mississippi State defeated Kansas, 10-0, in the fifth annual Hall of Fame Bowl.
Fesmire also intercepted a pass.
The Bulldogs and Jayhawks each finished 8-4. A crowd of 41,672 saw the game played on soggy Legion Field.
Kansas fumbled the opening kickoff and Fesmire, a senior from Nashville, recovered. Quarterback John Bond scored 12 seconds into the game, on the first play from scrimmage, a 17-yard run around right end.
Dana Moore ended the scoring with a 22-yard field goal in the second period after an 11-play, 38-yard march.
Linebacker Kyle McNorton of Kansas led all defenders with 16 tackles and two State defenders, Glen Collins and Johnie Cooks, had 11 each. Cooks was named the game's outstanding defensive player.
Bond, the game's most valuable offensive player, rushed 17 times for 79 yards and passed for 51 yards.
Moore set a Fame Bowl record with a 74-yard punt.
"The whole defensive unit played extremely well," said State Coach Emory Bellard. His team held Kansas to 35 yards rushing and recorded seven quarterback sacks for 56 yards, including three straight by Ernie Barnes for 24 yards.ansas Coach Don Fambrough said his team never recovered from its fumble. "They stunned us from the beginning and intimidated us," he said.