STARKVILLE -- With a sense of relief, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen used three words to sum up his team's performance on Homecoming Saturday night. "It's a win," Mullen said.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 2 University of Alabama football team kept coming up short in the biggest game of the season. That very well could be where the Crimson Tide's national championship aspirations will fall, too. The Tide botched three field goals and had a trick play backfire in a 9-6 overtime loss to No. 1 LSU on Saturday in a game Alabama fans will long rue as one that got away.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After three quarters, University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt felt good about the Rebels' chances of winning their first Southeastern Conference game of the year. That didn't last long.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen wasn't about to let the scoreboard cloud his anger toward his team's play in the first half Saturday against the University of Tennessee-Martin.
STARKVILLE -- Football fans in the state of Mississippi may have forgotten about Jason McNair's ability to run the football. McNair re-introduced himself as a member of the Tennessee-Martin backfield on Saturday, rushing for a game-high 122 yards on 27 carries in the University of Tennessee-Martin's 55-17 loss to Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium.
SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College football team isn't necessarily all pass all the time. No. 3 EMCC proved Saturday it can run the football, too.
STARKVILLE -- In arguably the most remembered at-bat of the 2011 season, the Mississippi State coaches considered having their cleanup hitter bunt.
"Be the One" is a rallying cry for the Mississippi State women's basketball team this season. On paper, senior point guard Diamber Johnson figures to be the first option for the Lady Bulldogs. From there, though, the pecking order becomes unclear. It isn't because coach Sharon Fanning-Otis' team doesn't have choices.
OXFORD -- It has been a while since Andy Kennedy could look his best players in the eye. The University of Mississippi men's basketball team's 6-foot-7 coach has had mostly guard-oriented teams during his six years in Oxford, but that trend will change this season. The Rebels return several experienced frontcourt players who likely will determine how good this team will become.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Everything is new this season for the University of Mississippi women's basketball team. A new attitude, a new group of players, a new hunger to play. Coach Renee Ladner sees all of those elements on display. More importantly, Ladner hopes her team has a clean bill of health.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's men's basketball team is mindful of what happened last November, and what consequently didn't occur in March.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Wendell Hudson likes the numbers dilemma he will face this season. With six or seven "starters" to fill five spots on the floor, Hudson feels the 2011-12 University of Alabama women's basketball team will be able to score more points and to play at a faster tempo than it did a year ago.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- The University of Alabama women's soccer team saw its run at the Southeastern Conference tournament come end Friday night with a 2-1 loss to No. 23 University of Florida in the semifinals at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
STARKVILLE -- The defending NAIA champions Pikeville Bears gave the Mississippi State men's basketball team an early run Friday night, but a balanced and dominating second-half performance by the Bulldogs' starting five closed the door on Pikeville's upset bid.
ABERDEEN -- Channing Ward scored on a 76-yard run to get things going and to lead the Aberdeen High School football team to a 36-9 victory against Velma Jackson on Friday night in the first round of the Class 3A North State playoffs.
Regardless of what happened elsewhere, Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford's Falcons still needed to focus Friday night on the task at hand: Beating Grenada. Columbus did just that, closing the book on the 2011 season with a 48-21 victory.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team took advantage of special teams Friday night to advance to the second round of the Class 4A North State playoffs.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team scored 35 second-quarter points, and Aeris Williams and Dequinten Spraggins each scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the Green Wave to a 56-20 win against New Hope on Friday night.
HAMILTON -- The Hamilton High School football team spent most of its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A first-round playoff game looking for one big offensive play. Unfortunately for the Lions, that play never came.
REFORM, Ala. -- The Pickens County High School football team's high-powered offense was a late arrival Friday night, but once it took the field it proved costly for A.L. Johnson.
1. Mullen balances calling plays, running team COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Shorter hopes Noxubee County can follow 2015 path HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus awaits region showdown vs. No. 3 Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Offensive line has fueled Starkville High's success HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Plenty of big region matchups set for Friday LOCAL COLUMNS