STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team is ranked No. 8 in Lindy's Sports 2015-16 College Basketball Preview issue that hits newsstands today. The top-10 showing follows a No. 6 rating from Athlon Sports last week.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen hates losing. It didn't matter that No. 25 MSU trailed No. 14 LSU 14-3 at halftime and 21-6 at the start of the fourth quarter started. A 13-point final stanza put the Bulldogs in position to tie and win the game, but Devon Bell missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired in a 21-19 loss before a crowd of 62,531 at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball freshman forward Aric Holman will have knee surgery this week, the school announced Sunday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team didn't have a problem stopping the run last week against Southern Mississippi, allowing 102 yards and making a goal-line stand in a 34-16 victory. But things changed in a big way Saturday, as MSU couldn't stop LSU's running game, especially sophomore Leonard Fournette, in a 21-19 loss at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- There were several times in the first half Saturday night when Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott put his hands up in frustration. It was easy to see why because the Bulldogs couldn't find a rhythm on offense against a very tough LSU defense. MSU gained only 109 yards of total offense, while Prescott had 71 (88 passing yards, -17 rushing yards) in the first 30 minutes. As a result, MSU trailed 14-3 at halftime. Prescott and the No. 25 Bulldogs turned it around the second half with 269 yards of offense, but it wasn't enough as Devon Bell missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired to give the No. 14 Tigers a 21-19 win.
OXFORD -- Chad Kelly's brilliant passing performance provided evidence that Ole Miss' quarterback race has ended. Now the junior has the offense on a roll entering next week's Southeastern Conference showdown against Alabama. Kelly threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Quincy Adeboyejo, to lead the No. 17 Ole Miss football team to a 73-21 victory against Fresno State on Saturday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team emphatically brushed aside any fears of getting toppled or needing a great escape like other Southeastern Conference Westeren Division powers, and appears to have found a No. 1 quarterback in the process. Jake Coker passed for 214 yards, all in the first half, and Derrick Henry ran for three touchdowns to lead No. 2 Alabama to a 37-10 victory against Middle Tennessee on Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Aaron Gordon believes in his players. A four-goal performance against Nicholls State last week and an effort Monday that generated a lot of scoring chances but resulted in a scoreless tie against Southern Mississippi left the Mississippi State women's soccer coach feeling good about where his team is as it enters its Southeastern Conference opener against Vanderbilt (3-3) at 7 tonight in Nashville, Tennessee. The match will be available online via SEC Network + and for those with WatchESPN access.
STARKVILLE -- Morgan William is learning the enormity of what the word "captain" encompasses. Last week, the Mississippi State sophomore learned that women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer had named her captain of the 2015-16 team. After not having a captain for his first three seasons at MSU, Schaefer felt the time was right to show his 5-foot-5 point guard how highly he thinks of her by giving her the responsibility of being an even bigger team leader.
STARKVILLE -- There's no doubt Bill Martin always will have a place for purple and gold in his heart. The Mississippi State assistant athletic director for media relations and the main contact for the Bulldog football team attended LSU for six and a half years while finishing his undergraduate degree. After completing an internship at Florida in the spring of 2008, he returned to his alma mater in the summer of that year as the No. 2 football contact and the women's basketball sports information director.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College quarterbacks won't have any problem finding a wide receiver this season. At times, it's hard narrowing the options to one because the Lions have plenty of weapons on the outside. That was evident Thursday, as Wyatt Roberts and John Franklin III found eight wideouts and one running back in No. 7 EMCC's 69-0 victory against Coahoma C.C.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Allenzae Staggers received some alarming news Sunday during film session. "Coach pulled me aside and told me I would be fielding punts (Thursday night)," Staggers said. "In all my years of playing football, I had never done that. I didn't tell coach that. I just knew this would be another opportunity, so I decided to go with it." After seeing a 25-game winning streak snapped in an overtime loss at Copiah-Lincoln C.C., EMCC coach Buddy Stephens knew some changes were in order.
STARKVILLE - First-year Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz doesn't want all the blame placed on the secondary for the passing yards given up last week against Southern Mississippi.
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STARKVILLE - Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott is glad his team's not in LSU's shoes.
STARKVILLE -- Entering the Mississippi State football team's game against Southern Mississippi, Brandon Holloway and Gabe Myles made a bold prediction. "We were looking good on kick return," said Holloway, a junior running back. "We talked the whole week we were going to return (one) for a touchdown. It was going to be the first."
OXFORD -- It's hard to get too excited about any statistics from the No. 17 Ole Miss football team's lopsided victory against Tennessee-Martin on Saturday. But one number did catch the attention of coach Hugh Freeze: The Rebels averaged nearly 10 yards per rushing attempt and had five players run for at least 40 yards in the 76-3 victory against the Skyhawks
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team's offense had a new look on the field and on the sideline. No. 3 Alabama adjusted to life without some of the top playmakers from last season and with Jake Coker taking most of the snaps at quarterback against No. 20 Wisconsin. Alabama also broke out a variety of placards to signal in plays, ranging from the Seattle Supersonics logo to the Tasmanian Devil.
HATTIESBURG - A.J. Jefferson had a feeling the Mississippi State football team's defense was capable of shutting down an opponent's running game. The junior defensive end was proven right Saturday night in a 34-16 season-opening victory against Southern Mississippi, as the Bulldogs allowed 102 yards rushing and met every rusher with a hard hit.
HATTIESBURG - In the past four seasons, the Mississippi State football team's offense grew accustomed to Malcolm Johnson making big catches at tight end.
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