STARKVILLE -- Maybe it's a sign of how far the Mississippi State football team has come under Dan Mullen, but there were few smiles from the sixth-year coach or his players after a 47-34 victory against Conference USA foe Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- There wasn't much to brag about concerning Mississippi State's defensive performance Saturday in a 47-34 victory against Alabama-Birmingham.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's quarterbacks had auditions for the starting job Saturday, but it's not clear who will win the role. Blake Sims had 214 passing yards and Jake Coker threw for 202 to lead No. 2 Alabama to a 41-0 victory against Florida Atlantic in a game cut short early for lightning. It's the first time two Alabama quarterbacks had thrown for 200 yards in the same game and the second most passing yards in program history behind Scott Hunter's 484 against Auburn in 1969.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With the exception of that first half against Boise State, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is very happy with how his Rebels have started this season. Bo Wallace threw for 320 yards and a touchdown, and No. 15 Ole Miss routed Vanderbilt 41-3 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
STARKVILLE -- Brent Frey's job is never easy. But as Mississippi State's associate athletic director for event management, Frey found himself in charge of game operations last Saturday night for MSU's season opener against Southern Mississippi -- an event that featured 61,889 fans, the largest crowd in MSU history.
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STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State linebacker Dez Harris admits he was nervous. Taking the field as a Bulldog for the first time, Harris was part of what defensive coordinator Geoff Collins calls MSU's "1B defense."
The ritual hasn't changed for more than two decades. Three times a year, Brad Gaines gets up early and makes the three-hour drive to Russellville, Alabama, to the gravesite of Chucky Mullins. It's there that he reflects on their 18 precious months of friendship following an ill-fated collision on a football field in 1989.
SCOOBA -- DJ Law didn't run track at Haines City (Fla.) High School. Instead, Law said he liked to hurdle basketball opponents on the way to the goal.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith felt the absence of a blocker, stopped in his tracks and raised his arms before deflecting a pass from Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens. The ball fell harmlessly into Smith's arms for the Marietta, Georgia native's first career interception as the senior delivered the first statement play of the season for MSU's defense.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen was blunt when asked of quarterback Dak Prescott's less-than-featured role Saturday in the season opener against Southern Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior wide receiver Jameon Lewis returned to campus on Tuesday after spending the previous two days in his native Tylertown following the shooting death of his younger brother early Sunday morning.
SCOOBA -- In its four-year history, East Mississippi Community College's Sullivan-Windham Field has drawn rave reviews as one of the state's premier football facilities. One group has enjoyed its visit there more than any other.
STARKVILLE -- Don't pigeon-hole Blair Schaefer into one role.
STARKVILLE -- Following a 49-0 blanking at the hands of Mississippi State on Saturday night, University of Southern Mississippi football coach Todd Monken was effusive in his praise for the Bulldogs.
STARKVILLE -- Jay Hughes waited a year for this. Hughes, a senior safety from Oak Grove High School near Hattiesburg, sat out most of the 2013 season after rupturing an Achilles' tendon on the sixth play of the season opener against Oklahoma State.
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott pointed to the scoreboard high above the north end zone of Davis Wade Stadium and smiled. There were plenty of reasons to smile in the Mississippi State football team's 49-0 season-opening victory against Southern Mississippi on Saturday in the season opener for both teams before a record-setting crowd of 61,889 at Davis Wade Stadium.
ATLANTA -- Blake Sims took a seat on the bench next to Jake Coker after leading Alabama to a score and the two chatted for a few minutes before it was time for the offense to go back on the field.
STARKVILLE -- When asked how he and his teammates plan to slow down a Southern Mississippi passing attack that averaged 38 attempts per game in 2013, Mississippi State cornerback Taveze Calhoun's answer had nothing to do with the Bulldogs' defensive backfield.
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