STARKVILLE -- The numbers are staggering. Year after year, game after game, the Georgia Tech football team's triple option puts up eye-popping statistics. It has been the driving force behind the Yellow Jackets' surge under coach Paul Johnson that has the team's in its second Orange Bowl in the past four years.
ATLANTA -- Long known for its power offense, Alabama opened things up this season. With a player such as Amari Cooper, that was a good call. Cooper, the nation's leading receiver, was honored as the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year Monday by The Associated Press, recognizing his huge role in helping the Crimson Tide claim the No. 1 ranking and a spot in college football's inaugural playoff.
STARKVILLE -- When asked Sunday about his team's opponent in the Orange Bowl, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson wasted little time in bringing up Mississippi State's most indispensable player.
STARKVILLE -- During his opening remarks at Mississippi State's Orange Bowl press conference Sunday afternoon, MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin took a few moments to stump for his football coach.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time in 28 years, the Southeastern Conference first-team All-Conference quarterback hails from Mississippi State.
OXFORD -- Nina Davis smiled and shook her head. The Baylor sophomore forward never imagined she could have this much fun on a basketball court. It made it even more satisfying that a career-best effort came on her 20th birthday nearly 90 minutes from home and with plenty of friends and family on hand to watch. Davis scored a career-high 43 points and grabbed nine rebounds Sunday to lead No. 11 Baylor to a 96-54 victory against Ole Miss before a crowd of 2,338 at Tad Smith Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Scott Stricklin is 5-for-5. He expects to be 6-for-6. Stricklin, Mississippi State's Director of Athletics, has signed football coach Dan Mullen to a contract extension in each of the past five seasons. Stricklin expects that streak to continue following Mullen's finest season in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will try to cap the program's most successful regular season with another piece of history. MSU (10-2) will try to accomplish that feat in its first bowl game in Miami in more than seven decades.
STARKVILLE -- A strong final stretch of the first half and a dominant second half allowed the No. 23 Mississippi State women's basketball team to roll past Southeastern Louisiana 97-36 on Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 3,020 at Humphrey Coliseum. Senior center Martha Alwal had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman Victoria Vivians had 15 of her 17 points in the second half. She also had nine of her 11 rebounds in the final stanza to help MSU improve to 8-0, its best start since the 2008-09 campaign. Southeastern Louisiana fell to 3-5.
BILOXI -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive end Justin Lucas never worries about down and distance in a football game. "Making plays," said Lucas, who played at Aberdeen High School. "My biggest goal is making plays. Each time the ball is snapped, I hope to be where the ball is and I hope I can help make a play."
BILOXI -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore linebacker Justin Lucas said defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley had important instructions prior to the team's game against No. 2 Iowa Western C.C. on Sunday afternoon. "He told us to go out and get some turnovers," Lucas said. Lesley had no idea how well the Lions would grant his wish.
BILOXI -- The No. 1 East Mississippi Community College football team knew the time had arrived for a drive. Scoring never has been a problem for one of the nation's most prolific offenses. However, the stage was different and the stakes were much higher.
Kim Mulkey's resume includes nearly everything any player and/or coach could want. Mulkey won two national championships as a player at Louisiana Tech (1981, 1982) and won gold medals as a member of the United States' team in the 1983 Pan American Games and at the 1984 Olympics.
Just like the famous Van Morrison song said, Matt Insell knew his team would have days like the one it had Thursday night. The Ole Miss women's basketball team shot 24.3 percent in the first half and trailed Western Kentucky by 24 points. The Rebels played much better in the second half, but the first 20 minutes helped set the stage for a 98-69 loss at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
NEW ORLEANS -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team erased a seven-point lead in the second half, but it couldn't make enough shots to win its first true road game of the season Saturday, losing to Tulane 59-54 at Devlin Fieldhouse.
STARKVILLE - Rick Ray wasn't shy about making his goals known entering his third year as Mississippi State's men's basketball coach.
STARKVILLE -- It hasn't long for LaKaris Salter to gain the support of the fans at Humphrey Coliseum. Whether it has been spin moves, deft passes, or potential layups of breakaways, the freshman has dazzled Mississippi State women's basketball fans with her offensive skills.
Michael Lotief's job is to identify potential. In 12 seasons as co-head coach or coach of the University of Louisiana Lafayette softball program, Lotief has advanced to the NCAA tournament every year. In the process, Lotief has compiled a 596-147-1 (.801) record, so he's accustomed to identifying elite prospects and developing their skills at Division I's highest level.
STARKVILLE -- It's likely no member of this year's Mississippi State football team enjoyed the Bulldogs' rise to the nation's elite as much as safety Jay Hughes.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens took great pride in playing for a national championship in Mississippi last season.
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