STARKVILLE -- The drama all week and Saturday leading up to kickoff didn't matter. The buzz surrounding who Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen would pick to play quarterback failed to derail a LSU offense that made sure the Tigers earned their 21st victory in the last 22 games against the Bulldogs.
STARKVILLE -- At every home game of Dan Mullen's 55 previous games as Mississippi State football coach, the school announced a starting quarterback. The streak stopped Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Zach Mettenberger set himself apart Saturday as arguably the most dangerous pocket passer to face Mississippi State since Dan Mullen took over the Bulldogs program.
Entering Saturday's game against No. 10 LSU, Mississippi State's defense was a source of optimism. The Bulldogs were ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in total defense and third in pass defense. They can't say that anymore.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's Nick Marshall can't be judged only by his passing yards. The Tigers are using Marshall's legs to regain respect in the Southeastern Conference.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Statistics. They are a big part of any football game. Statistics are kept in just about every category imaginable in college football today. A quick look will normally give you a good idea of who controlled a football game and won it.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- While the rest of the country has transferred its offensive mind-set to the hurry-up, no-huddle offense, Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have kept their game plan the same.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The ball seldom hit the ground, regardless of which Alabama quarterback was throwing the passes. The top-ranked Crimson Tide's defense also held its third-straight opponent out of the end zone.
STARKVILLE -- Some people belong together. Savannah Carter sensed when she first saw Vic Schaefer that she shared a love for hard-nosed, aggressive play with the coach nicknamed "Secretary of Defense." At the time, Schaefer was an associate head coach at Texas A&M, but Carter realized she would like playing for a coach who enjoyed defense as much as she did.
There's a time to creep and a time to strike. The key for a quarterback and a coach is to recognize when you need to make the call to capitalize.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team ran into a buzz saw Friday night.
On a night when offensive yards were tough to come by, the Heritage Academy football team notched a hard-earned 14-7 comeback victory against previously unbeaten Washington School.
WEST POINT -- Football is a unique game in many ways. The shape of the football is just one of those ways. While almost all other sports use a round ball, football uses an oblong ball that is affectionately referred to as a pigskin or a tater (potato). The technical term for the shape of a football is a prolate spheroid.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School defensive coordinator Brooks Oakley admitted before his team's game against Northwest Rankin that he had no idea what kind of offense he and the Yellow Jackets would see. It didn't matter.
Columbus High School senior Corey Brown knew he and his defensive mates needed to play batter. Smith made sure that happened Friday night.
MACON -- Zachery Kauffman watched feverishly as the Noxubee County High School football team drove for a game-winning touchdown.
MILLBROOK, Ala. -- Will Jones rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns Friday night to lead the Victory Christian Academy football team to a 41-14 victory against Christian Football Association rival New Life Christian Academy.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team had its way in a huge Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A, Region 4 matchup Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- With Jamie Mitchell and Brooks Oakley as head coach and defensive coordinator, the Starkville High School football team has prided itself on defense.
Friday's Alabama Prep Football Scores
1. Bates, Berry have strong showings at Junior Sunbelt Classic HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU walks it off against Washington COLLEGE SPORTS
3. MSU's 1998 team celebrates anniversary of trip to CWS COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Reed's message hit home in, out of school HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Wilson's way based on team approach HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS