A day after Mississippi State's football team proved to be its own worst enemy in a 30-10 loss to Alabama, head coach Dan Mullen turned his attentions to rebounding the same way it did when it lost at LSU.
Questions of how No. 11 University of Alabama (8-2, 5-2) would rebound from its national title-buster loss to LSU were paired with the questionable status of running back Trent Richardson. Alabama, however, showed no ill effects from a physical match with LSU, topping the No. 17 Bulldogs 30-10 Saturday night.
Mary Kathryn Govero did all of those things so well Friday she didn't realize she notched a career high in points. Coming off a four-point effort in an exhibition victory, Govero poured in 28 points to help the Mississippi State women's basketball beat the University of South Carolina Upstate 87-53 in its season opener at Humphrey Coliseum.
For the first couple of drives Saturday, Mississippi State looked ready to match Alabama on its home turf.
Defense wins championships. While exceptional offenses bring home trophies too, that is the rule Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter lives by. His words rang true Friday night as his Tigers moved one step closer to realizing that goal with a 12-6 win against Center Hill in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A playoffs.
Zak Thrasher threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns to lead the New Hope High School football team to a 46-22 victory against Jackson Callaway in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoffs.
East Webster intercepted three passes and hung 27 points in the second half to post a 38-12 win over John F. Kennedy.
The West Point High School football team kicked off the postseason in grand fashion Friday night with a 36-14 whipping of Provine in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoffs.
Sulligent's "family" approach helped it score 40 unanswered points en route to a 40-19 victory against Huntsville Westminster Christian in the second round of the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A playoffs.
Zak Thrasher threw three touchdown passes Friday night to lead the New Hope High School football team to a 46-22 victory against Jackson Callaway in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- How can a football team ranked in the top five of nearly every statistical category in its league have anything wrong with its offense? When that team is the University of Alabama, any aspect of play below a championship level isn't accepted.
Some players are blessed with the speed of a gazelle or the size of a behemoth. Others get by on guile or will power. If you know football, you know what category 5-foot-7, 210-pound defensive lineman Dalton Hodges belongs in.
MABEN -- Shamia Robinson made history Thursday. The 5-foot-8 senior basketball player became the first female to earn a scholarship to a Division I school when she signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Mississippi State. Robinson averaged 18.8 points, 9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.4 blocked shots, and 1.9 steals per game last season. She also had scholarship offers from Georgia, the University of Mississippi, Southern Miss, and others.
JACKSON -- Curiosity turned to wonder and then slipped into belief. There was no way one team that suffered a 54-point loss two weeks earlier could turn around and beat that same team on the state's biggest stage in the rematch. Right?
MABEN -- After the East Webster High School football team beat rival Eupora on Oct. 1, Xavier Moye had an MRI for a nagging leg injury he suffered in the season opener. He had no idea he had been playing on a broken left leg.
Pickens County High School football coach Scott Marchant knows what his Tornadoes will have to do tonight. After studying films and making every practice count before their Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A second-round playoff game, Marchant and the Tornadoes will board buses and ride about three hours before taking on unbeaten Maplesville (11-0), which shut out eight teams during the regular season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's punting game hasn't gotten enough credit for the team's blistering start. The No. 17 Bulldogs (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) are second in the nation in fewest punt return yards conceded with 16. That figure pops even more considering MSU has allowed 11 punt returns this season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team will face more question marks than certainties Friday when it opens the regular season. The Bulldogs, who'll be without suspended players Dee Bost and Renardo Sidney, struggled defensively in their exhibition win against Lindsey Wilson College.
The fire was dying. After years of playing competitively, Caleb Westmoreland found the game of golf didn't excite him the same way. For some reason, all of the practice and attention to detail wasn't resulting in the kind of progress he felt he should have been making.
1. Mullen's 2014 squad has homegrown flavor COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Walters, Oswalt back together to play catch HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Pigg, McKell will lead Starkville Academy girls soccer HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Tapley excited about new season for Hebron Christian HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS