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Hargreaves-Cooper matchup highlights Florida-Alabama game

Posted 9/19/2014 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For two guys who have never met, Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper sure know a lot about each other. It helps that they follow one another on Twitter.

 

 

Local players on display in NEMCC-EMCC game

Posted 9/19/2014 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Mario Virges really wanted to win Thursday night. Not only did the former West Point High School standout want to make a good impressions for the local fans, but he also wanted to play a key role in knocking off the No. 1 team in the nation. A victory would have been especially sweet for Virges, who began his college career at East Mississippi Community College. But Virges, a freshman linebacker at Northeast Community College, didn't come away with what he wanted as EMCC rolled to a 65-7 victory at Sullivan-Windham Field.

 

 

MSU will try to atone for fourth quarter vs. LSU in 2013

Posted 9/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive lineman Kaleb Eulls is a man of few words. But one subject that can get Eulls talking is MSU's defensive performance in the fourth quarter against LSU last year. The Tigers scored 28-straight points in the final quarter to turn a 31-26 lead into a 59-26 victory. Eulls said it was the lowest point of the season for MSU's defense.

 

 

Defense only part of Nevitt's repertoire

Posted 9/18/2014 in College Sports

Editor's Note: The Mississippi State women's basketball team welcomes five freshmen to a program that is poised to capitalize on its trip last season to the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Today, The Dispatch will introduce you to Kayla Nevitt in the third of our five-part series. For each of the next two weeks, The Dispatch will introduce you to a freshman.

 

 

Six Keys for MSU's defense vs. LSU's offense

Posted 9/18/2014 in College Sports

Six keys for MSU's defense vs. LSU's offense

 

 

SEC West believes it is best in nation

Posted 9/18/2014 in College Sports

The gap separating the two SEC divisions shows no signs of narrowing. In fact, it might be wider than ever. The Southeastern Conference's Western Division has five members in the top 10: No. 3 Alabama, No. 5 Auburn, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 8 LSU, and No. 10 Ole Miss. All of those schools are ahead of No. 13 Georgia, the top-ranked East team.

 

 

Alabama looks to spread attack vs. Florida

Posted 9/18/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 3 Alabama football team has experienced receivers, a deep and talented backfield, and a preseason All-Southeastern Conference tight end.

 

 

Lucas, top-ranked EMCC set to host Northeast

Posted 9/16/2014 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore linebacker Justin Lucas knows what a national championship defense looks like.

 

 

Maroon Five: Keys to Victory for MSU vs LSU

Posted 9/16/2014 in College Sports

 

 

Bulldogs will try to continue balance to get signature win

Posted 9/16/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - The storyline is predictable.

 

 

MSU hopes to respond to biggest test

Posted 9/16/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The biggest opportunity of the season has arrived for Mississippi State's football team. After three weeks of dominating non-conference opponents, MSU will open Southeastern Conference play at 6 p.m. Saturday at No. 8 LSU, a team that has won the past 14 meetings in the series dating back to 1999.

 

 

Saban reminds Crimson Tide about legacy being built

Posted 9/16/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Nick Saban made sure his players knew they'll always be remembered for 2014. Good, bad, or great. No. 3 Alabama will be judged more for Florida than Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss than Southern Mississippi and the finish rather than the start.

 

 

MSU's Smith makes history with award

Posted 9/16/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith's reign of dominance among Southeastern Conference defensive linemen continues.

 

 

Tigers pose first test for Bulldogs

Posted 9/15/2014 in College Sports

MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mississippi State football team hasn't been challenged three weeks into the season. The Bulldogs opened the campaign with easy victories against Southern Mississippi and Alabama-Birmingham, and the story was no different Saturday, when MSU finished its early season non-conference stretch with a 35-3 victory against Sun Belt Conference member South Alabama.

 

 

LSU hopes dominant defense carries over to SEC

Posted 9/15/2014 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Cornerback Tre'davious White sees evidence that the LSU football team's defense can maintain its recent suffocating form at 6 p.m. Saturday when it plays host to Mississippi State in its Southeastern Conference opener. No. 8 LSU hasn't allowed a point for nearly 10 quarters and has posted consecutive shutouts for the first time in nearly three decades.

 

 

SEC Roundup: Florida survives Kentucky in triple overtime

Posted 9/14/2014 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Matt Jones plunged across the goal line, and before he could even get to his knees, was mobbed by teammates.

 

 

MSU moves to 3-0 with rout of South Alabama

Posted 9/14/2014 in College Sports

MOBILE, Ala. -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott saw a sliver of daylight, and that was all he needed.

 

 

Rebels run all over Ragin' Cajuns

Posted 9/14/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Bo Wallace's first throw was perfect -- a 25-yard strike that Vince Sanders caught in stride for a big gain.

 

 

Crimson Tide starts slow in blowout

Posted 9/14/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Blake Sims passed, ran and confidently staked his claim as the leader of No. 3 Alabama's offense.

 

 

Fast start, accuracy by Wallace lead Ole Miss past ULL

Posted 9/14/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Ole Miss senior quarterback Bo Wallace completed his first 14 passes for three touchdowns and a stingy Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, including an interception return for touchdown by senior defensive back Senquez Golson, to propel Ole Miss to a 56-15 non-conference victory over Louisiana-Lafayette in front of an announced crowd of 60,937 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

 

 

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