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.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team had the type of game Friday that shows if a team is playoff ready, if a team can land the last punch after trading punches all night long. The Volunteers hadn't had to win ugly this season. They'd dominated teams with a punishing ground game and entered their matchup against Parklane Academy averaging 35 points in six wins.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Relf understands the criticism starting quarterback in the Southeastern Conference face. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has counseled him about the reality.
STARKVILLE -- The University of Alabama at Birmingham will allow fans to bring cowbells into Legion Field.
When Bo Wallace left Arkansas State University and transferred to East Mississippi Community College, he wanted to play in meaningful games. Wallace will get another chance to do just that in only his sixth game as a Lion at 3 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium in Booneville when No. 3 EMCC takes on No. 12 Northeast Mississippi C.C. in a battle for the MACJC North Division lead. Each team is 5-0 and 3-0 in the North.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen knows how his offensive line got to this point. That's not the problem. The fact the solution still eludes him and his assistant coaches is the most frustrating aspect of the equation.
STARKVILLE -- Despite early indications that the University of Alabama at Birmingham football team is leaning toward announcing a starting quarterback, Mississippi State is preparing to face multiple players at that position when the teams meet at 11 a.m. Saturday (SportSouth).
STARKVILLE -- Neil Macdonald hopes his players have found the right mind-set.
STARKVILLE -- Darius Slay has taken the long road to Mississippi State. The 6-foot-1 defensive back signed twice with MSU (once out of high school and again after two years at Itawamba Community College) before he was able to return last week to his home state of Georgia to make his first big play in Division I football.
STARKVILLE -- Mark Ouimet resigned Tuesday from his position as assistant recruiting coordinator of the Mississippi State football team. Ouimet, whose resignation is effective immediately, was in the middle of his second season at MSU. He spent the past 10 years in Ann Arbor, Mich., working in football in several capacities.
SCOOBA -- Inching up another spot to No. 3 in this week's NJCAA Top 20 football poll, the East Mississippi Community College football team will begin its final month of the regular season at 3 p.m. Saturday when it takes on No. 12 Northeast Mississippi in Booneville.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior guard Dee Bost was one of 50 players named Monday to the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is made up of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
STARKVILLE -- Members of the Mississippi State football team's coaching staff have a new perspective five weeks into the 2011 season. MSU head coach Dan Mullen is using words like "realistic" and "goals" after MSU (2-3, 0-3 Southeastern Conference) lost to the University of Georgia 24-10 Saturday for its third consecutive SEC defeat.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior cornerback Corey Broomfield has been playing with a broken thumb for the past three weeks. MSU cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith confirmed Monday that Broomfield suffered the injury Sept. 10 in a 41-34 loss at Auburn University, and that Broomfield has been playing with a large cast on his right hand since that time.
A north Mississippi couple whose son died during football practice at Mississippi will have their case tried in Oxford, where the university is located, a Hinds County judge has ruled.
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