Herschel Walker, his injured right thumb still heavily bandaged, rushed for 215 yards on 39 carries to lead the sixth-ranked Bulldogs to an SEC victory in Starkville, Miss.
Playing in the fourth game of his junior year, Walker moved within 26 yards of the SEC career rushing record of 4,035 held by LSU's Charles Alexander. He scored Georgia's first touchdown from three yards out in the first period, and set up the game-winning touchdown by gaining 55 yards in eight carries during a 65-yard drive. Quarterback John Lastinger finished the drive with a one-yard sneak with 13:27 left in the game.
Mississippi State (3-2, 2-2) led, 19-14, early in the second quarter when Dana Moore faked a punt and threw his first collegiate pass, a 40-yard touchdown screen play to Michael Haddix. It tied the score at 22 on Moore's 21-yard field goal with 3:58 left in the third period.
"Our club has not been especially smooth and we still have a lot of technical things to work on," Georgia Coach Vince Dooley said. "But I think we have the heart and soul of a fine team."