STARKVILLE -- Two days after Mississippi State finished off a 48-31 win over No. 6 Texas A&M, the rewards continued to roll in for the Bulldogs on Monday. Late Monday afternoon, MSU quarterback Dak Prescott, linebacker Richie Brown and offensive lineman Ben Beckwith were named as conference or national award-winners for a team that improved to 5-0 for the second time in three years.
CALEDONIA -- Coaches typically don't "warn" players about the challenges they will face if they change positions.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is coming off his two biggest wins in his six years in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Expectations are nothing new at Mississippi State this year. Before the 2014 season started, Dan Mullen and the MSU football team were besieged with questions about how they were going to handle the expectations they faced this season. So far, so good on that front. Vic Schaefer hopes his team will handle the expectations that it will face as it prepares for the 2014-15 season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team can't stop making history. A day after beating No. 6 Texas A&M to knock off a second-straight top-10 team for the first time in school history, MSU reaped the rewards Sunday in the form of a No. 3 ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll. It's the highest ranking in program history and sets up a top-five matchup against No. 2 Auburn at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) at Davis-Wade Stadium, also a program first.
JACKSON -- The Magnolia State is still buzzing from arguably the most successful sports weekend in its history. Ole Miss rallied to topple Alabama 23-17 in Oxford a few hours after Mississippi State dominated Texas A&M 48-31 in Starkville, helping turn the college football world upside down. On Sunday, fans of both schools were basking in a scenario almost too good to be true: The Rebels and Bulldogs are tied for the No. 3 spot in The Associated Press Top 25.
SCOOBA -- Two rushes, two incomplete passes, turnover on downs. That was the opening drive for the No. 1 East Mississippi Community College football team on Saturday for its Homecoming game against No. 12 Jones County Junior College at Sullivan-Windham Field. The offensive struggles didn't last.
Anthony King was happy Friday night that his West Lowndes High School football team could celebrate a shutout as part of the school's Homecoming. But King also knows the Panthers need to keep winning if they want to make the playoffs. West Lowndes took another step loser to realizing that goal with a 56-0 victory against West Oktibbeha in a Class 1A, Region 3 matchup.
VERNON, Ala. -- The Lamar County High School football team won a shootout Friday night to remain alive in the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 3A, Region 4 race.
OXFORD -- Brushing aside a carnival-like atmosphere and Alabama's potent defense, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace bounced around in the pocket and threw one perfect pass after another, willing the Rebels downfield in the fourth quarter. Two touchdown passes and one stunning comeback later, No. 11 Mississippi had a 23-17 victory against No. 3 Alabama on Saturday and asserted itself as a true contender in the Southeastern Conference Western Division.
CALEDONIA -- Brandon Henry doesn't shy away from hard work.
STARKVILLE -- Don't get in Elena Lovato's way. Odds are she has somewhere she needs to go and she is focused on getting there the quickest way possible. That's why you probably will see a spark from underneath her sneakers or shoes as she walks through a door and walks with a purpose or strides past you on her way to that destination. Whether it's talking to a recruit or moving around the basketball court, there is no time for idle movement because there are things to accomplish and a program to build at Mississippi State.
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WEST POINT -- A friendly competition between brothers is nothing new for Drake and Drew Riley. "We're competing with each other all the time," said Drake Riley, a senior running back at Oak Hill Academy. "We've been doing it our whole lives. I always want to do something a little better than him, and if I don't, he'll tell me about it."
STARKVILLE -- Slowing down quarterback Kenny Hill was a daunting task for the No. 12 Mississippi State defense entering its game against No. 6 Texas A&M.
STARKVILLE -- Asked if there was a point in the No. 12 Mississippi State football team's 48-31 victory against No. 6 Texas A&M when he knew the Bulldogs had a win in their grasp, MSU running back Josh Robinson had the perfect answer.
ABERDEEN -- Aberdeen High School's Homecoming turned out to be a double-edged sword for Nettleton coach Mike Scott, as his Tigers came out on the short end of a 41-0 setback Friday on the field he started his coaching career 35 years ago.
GREENVILLE -- The Heritage Academy football team entered Friday's game against Washington School looking to build on its shutout at Oak Hill Academy.
OXFORD -- The No. 11 Ole Miss football team used a fourth-quarter performance from its offense to overcome an 11-point halftime deficit against No. 3 Alabama on Saturday.
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