STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning sent out a tweet Sunday night following the Bulldogs first loss. "Film doesn't lie," Koenning tweeted. The "film" Koenning is referring to is the game tape from MSU's 41-34 loss to Auburn on Saturday in which quarterback Chris Relf was stopped at the goal line in the waning seconds.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said Monday he expects senior center Quentin Saulsberry to play against No. 3 LSU at 7 p.m. Thursday (ESPN), but senior left tackle James Carmon is "day-to-day" with a left knee injury. Mullen said Sunday both players' injuries didn't require surgery but weren't available to practice Sunday night. Saulsberry left the Bulldogs' 41-34 loss to Auburn University on Saturday with what Mullen said was a knee sprain.
MACON -- Leaders set the example, even when they're a little dinged up. Through four games, Cole Newman and Drew Pearson haven't had much time off to heal the assortment of nagging ailments and bumps and bruises they have acquired in a series of nail-biting victories.
MACON -- Not counting the injuries to his team, Tyrone Shorter is feeling a lot better. The longtime assistant now in his second season as head coach of the Noxubee County High School football team can talk a little more confidently about his defense now that he is beginning to see more effort like the stingy Tigers of old.
The New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team is looking for a little more focus and consistency as it enters the stretch run of the 2011 season. Despite being sluggish Monday afternoon, the Trojans still had more than enough to beat Starkville 21-2 in a four-inning Class 5A, Region 1 contest at the Starkville High complex.
AUBURN, Ala.-- When Mississippi State's 11 players lined up Saturday at the Auburn University 2-yard-line with 10 seconds remaining in the game, they knew a tie wasn't in their future.
AUBURN, Ala. -- For the third straight season, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen will leave a game against Auburn University with a 0-1 record in the Southeastern Conference.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Mississippi State senior defensive back Charles Mitchell was standing right next to the football and was convinced his team has stopped Auburn University on fourth down.
MARIETTA -- Jason Davis rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns Friday night to lead the Immanuel Christian football team to a 42-8 victory against New Site.
OXFORD -- Jeff Scott waited more than a season for a chance to be the featured running back for the University of Mississippi football team. Four touchdowns later, the sophomore made the most of his opportunity.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- To call University of Alabama tight end Michael Williams open would have been a stretch. It didn't stop A.J. McCarron from delivering a fastball that must have made lots of Alabama fans think the Crimson Tide's quarterback competition is over.
STARKVILLE -- Embrace the moment. This is the attitude Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen wants to convey to his players in arguably his team's most important Southeastern Conference game since he took the job in Starkville
Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford feared a letdown following his team's win against West Point last week. Coming off the rivalry win, his undefeated team jumped back into another rivalry game against New Hope. To add to his nervousness, he said the Falcons didn't have a good week of preparation for the Trojans. The Falcons never looked in danger of being upset on their home field Friday, rolling to a 33-0 win to remain undefeated.
WEST POINT -- The Starkville High School football team handed West Point its only defeat before the Green Wave marched to their second Class 5A state championship in a row last season. West Point made amends for that setback Friday night with a dominating defensive performance in a 33-12 victory at McCallister Field.
MACON -- It's one thing to step forward when you have a week to prepare knowing you'll be without your starting quarterback. It's an entirely different proposition to lose a starting running back a day before a game and have to scrap your game plan, especially against an athletic and experienced defense. But champions emerge when their teammates need them.
CALEDONIA -- An opportunistic defense and a relentless ground attack proved to be the winning combination at Homecoming here Friday as the Caledonia High School football team tossed a 24-0 shutout at the East Webster Wolverines.
A week ago, the West Lowndes High School football team barely gained positive yards against Shannon through nearly four quarters. Nothing could stop the Panthers on Friday night. Sparked by a four-touchdown performance by senior running back Antonio Wilson, West Lowndes opened Class 1A-Region 3 play with a 42-22 victory.
The Victory Christian Academy football team didn't have an answer for Freddy Goodgame on Friday night. Goodgame ran for five touchdowns, threw two touchdowns, a returned a kick for another score to lead Tabernacle Christian (Ala.) to a 58-28 victory in a Christian Football Association game in Columbus.
MADDEN -- The Starkville Academy football team rolled up 396 rushing yards Friday night and cruised to a 42-14 win against Leake Academy. The Volunteers (4-0) got a season-high 185 rushing yards on 19 carries from fullback Ryan Mann, who led all scorers with four touchdowns.
Five years ago, Clint Hanson wondered if people would remember. There was a time in Columbus when go-kart racing used to be a popular, family event that attracted big crowds. For some reason, though, the popularity waned and the annual event eventually disappeared. Today, the excitement is back and just might be bigger and better then ever.
1. MSU's Stricklin says cost of attendance right way to go COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Georgia's Frazier knocks out MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Columbus Christian boys beat rival Hebron Christian HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. New Hope boys, West Point girls earn wins HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS