STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen preaches to his team every day to fight for that inch. MSU's 14-12 loss to the No. 15 University of South Carolina on Saturday was a matter of six inches -- the height difference between wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey and MSU defensive back Corey Broomfield.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time this season, Mississippi State defensive tackle tandem Fletcher Cox and Josh Boyd dominated the line of scrimmage. Cox and Boyd, who had been nominated as Southeastern Conference second-team selections, combined for 13 tackles, two and a half sacks, and four and a half tackles for loss Saturday in a 14-12 loss to the No. 15 University of South Carolina.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State sophomore quarterback Tyler Russell provided a spark Saturday afternoon. However, the spark wasn't enough to put the Bulldogs in the win column for the first time this season in the Southeastern Conference. MSU couldn't make a fourth-quarter lead hold up, falling 14-12 to No. 15 South Carolina at Davis Wade Stadium.
OXFORD -- The University of Alabama's Trent Richardson now has his signature Heisman Trophy highlight. The Crimson Tide's bullish back set career marks with 183 yards rushing and four touchdowns and destroyed the University of Mississippi's defense with a 76-yard touchdown run that displayed his uncommon power and speed in a 52-7 win Saturday night.
POPLARVILLE -- Three unanswered second-quarter touchdowns helped propel the No. 3 East Mississippi Community College football team to a 41-17 victory against Pearl River C.C. in a non-division MACJC game at Dobie Holden Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen started watching a videotape of the University of South Carolina's offense and wondered if he had put in a tape of his guys. The Bulldogs third-year coach preached Monday that fans who show up to Davis Wade Stadium at 11:21 a.m. today (WCBI) to watch MSU take on No. 15 South Carolina will see teams very similar in style.
STARKVILLE -- Friday night at Humphrey Coliseum was an evening of firsts for the Mississippi State basketball programs. For the first time in more than a decade, MSU celebrated in a public Maroon Madness pep rally for the fans to get an initial look at the teams for the 2011-12 season.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time in program history, the Mississippi State volleyball team defeated a ranked opponent. It accomplished that feat Friday night in front of the largest crowd to see a match at the school.
STARKVILLE -- Matt Wyatt is convinced he has a good idea what is going through the minds of Chris Relf and Tyler Russell this week. He feels that way because he experienced something similar for four years.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen responded to talk radio chatter about play calling in the second half of MSU's 21-3 victory last weekend at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is still trying to find the right five players to play in front its quarterback. Finding that mix will be primary concern at 11:21 a.m. Saturday (WCBI) because MSU will have to contend with No. 15 University of South Carolina and the pass rush of defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. Johnson was defensive coordinator at MSU for coach Sylvester Croom from 2004-07.
STARKVILLE -- With three minutes left in the Mississippi State football team's victory Saturday at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Bulldog fans got their first look at tailback Nick Griffin. The journey to earning his first playing time lasted more than a year than he expected.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen thought making the quarterbacks unavailable to the media this week would limit the talk surrounding the position. Think again.
STARKVILLE -- The status of James Carmon remains unclear even after his performance in a relief role Saturday against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Enter Tyler Russell. Those three words not only changed the complexion of the Mississippi State football team's 21-3 victory Saturday at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, but they also might have changed the outlook of the rest of the 2011 season.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Chris Wilson would love to take some credit for the resurgence of the Mississippi State defense. Instead, MSU's defensive coordinator admitted Saturday the success his unit had in a 21-3 victory against the University of Alabama at Birmingham was due to the fact the 11 players on the field are starting to figure things out.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen listened to his biggest fan and critic this week about getting senior tailback Vick Ballard the football. Himself.
BOONEVILLE -- The suspense in Saturday's heavyweight showdown between East Mississippi Community College and Northeast Mississippi C.C. lasted about three plays.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 2 University of Alabama football team turned a lackluster start into another easy win. AJ McCarron passed for career-highs of 237 yards and four touchdowns and sparked Alabama to a 34-0 win against Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
STARKVILLE - The Mississippi State football team's victory against the University of Alabama at Birmingham last season provides the ideal example to illustrate the difference between that team and the 2011 squad.