STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Anthony Dixon scored two touchdowns to lead Mississippi State to a 31-15 win over Gardner-Webb on Saturday and its first 3-1 start to a season since 2000.
The Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) opened the game with a 10-play, 68-yard drive that ended with Dixon scoring from nine yards out.
Five plays later, safety De'Mon Glanton intercepted Gardner-Webb quarterback Devin Campbell and returned the ball 60 yards for a score, putting the Bulldogs up 14-0.
Phillip Peoples scored Gardner-Webb's (1-2, 0-0 Big South Conference) only touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the team never really threatened despite picking up 332 yards in only its second game against a Division I opponent.
Riddell went 8-of-12 for 124 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Carroll threw just eight passes and completed four.
Dixon rushed 16 times for 86 yards. Christian Ducre added 52 yards on 10 carries.
Dixon scored his second touchdown in the second quarter. Then Riddell connected with Tony Burks for a 30-yard touchdown pass.
Gardner-Webb replaced Campbell after the interception early in the game with Stan Doolittle, who finished 19-of-33 for 188 yards. Most of the team's points came from Evan Kay, who kicked three field goals.
June Jones: 'No coach in their right mind' would accept conditions Hawai'i offered
June Jones turned down an offer to become Hawai'i's head coach Friday, saying that "no coach in their right mind" would accept the conditions offered to him.
UT-Arlington set to join WAC this summer as part of league's expansion
UT-Arlington has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference beginning this summer, part of an expansion that will push the league to at least 15 schools.
Former Oregon Ducks RB Travis Dye transfers to the USC Trojans
The USC Trojans have added former Oregon Ducks running back Travis Dye via the transfer portal.
Will NCAA committee take scalpel or bonfire approach to Division I changes?
Faced with a myriad of challenges, just how transformative can the NCAA's Division I Transformation Committee be?
Auburn football promotes Jeff Schmedding to DC after Derek Mason steps down to pursue other opportunities
Auburn football coach Bryan Harsin promoted assistant head coach/linebackers coach Jeff Schmedding to defensive coordinator after Derek Mason stepped down, the school announced on Saturday.
LSU Tigers add 8 football transfers, including 2 Arkansas starters
LSU has added eight players from the college football transfer portal, including two starters each from Arkansas and Louisiana