STARKVILLE — One year ago, Mississippi State Athletic Director Greg Byrne was looking for a new football coach. After Sylvester Croom resigned following a 4-8 season and a 45-0 loss to the University of Mississippi, Byrne knew he had to find someone to help energize the program. He found Dan Mullen.
STARKVILLE -- Carl Torbush has been on both sides of the Egg Bowl rivalry between Mississippi State and Ole Miss. As the defensive coordinator at Ole Miss from 1983-86, Torbush didn’t lose to MSU. Now as the defensive coordinator at MSU, Torbush turned the tables on Ole Miss on Saturday as the Bulldogs won the Egg Bowl 41-27 at Davis Wade Stadium. It was a satisfying way for Torbush and MSU (5-7, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) to end the season.
STARKVILLE — It remains to be seen whether Chris Relf is the quarterback of the future for Mississippi State. On Saturday, Relf was more than adequate for the present. The sophomore rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns and threw for two more scores to help MSU upset No. 20 University of Mississippi 41-27 before a crowd of 55,365 at Davis Wade Stadium. MSU (5-7, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) ended Dan Mullen’s first season as coach on a good note and avenged a 45-0 loss to the Rebels last season.
STARKVILLE — Gashed. Shredded. Trampled. Any of those words — and probably a few more would describe the feeling of the University of Mississippi football team defense Saturday after a 41-27 loss to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl at David Wade Stadium. Led by sophomore quarterback Chris Relf and senior running back Anthony Dixon, the Bulldogs (5-7, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) rushed for 317 yards against the Rebels (8-4, 4-4), who entered the game as the SEC’s fourth-best team against the run (124.3 yards per game).
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen couldn’t leave Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday afternoon without getting a microphone to address the crowd one more time this season. Mullen wanted to express his appreciation to the fans for helping set attendance records and energizing the football team this season. Even though the Bulldogs were only 2-5 at home this season, they closed their home schedule with a 41-27 victory against No. 20 University of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE — Pat Patterson enjoyed the setting, but he would have preferred a different outcome. The former Noxubee County High School standout caught one pass for 17 yards Saturday in the No. 20 University of Mississippi’s 41-27 loss to Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium. The catch was the 12th of the season for the former Tiger, who said the Egg Bowl game was what he thought it would be.
Coaches often use the phrase “you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him” when discussing a talented player from an opposing team. Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen feels that way about University of Mississippi running back Dexter McCluster. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has the same measure of respect for MSU running back Anthony Dixon.
Tyson Lee is a leader. It’s a trait the Mississippi State quarterback has tried to present throughout his football career. Through his dedication, determination, and faith, Lee, a former standout at Columbus High School and Itawamba Community College, has gained respect from coaches and teammates.
Noxubee County High School coach M.C. Miller believes it’s just a matter of time before wide receiver Pat Patterson does the things he did as a Tiger in Macon at the University of Mississippi. Patterson has been looking for more playing time as the season has progressed for the Rebels.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury challenged sophomore forward Romero Osby a week ago. Stansbury wanted to get Osby’s attention about his role off the bench.
STARKVILLE — The next three days should reveal a lot about the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. After climbing six spots in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 thanks to an impressive home victory against the University of Maryland, the No. 19 Lady Bulldogs will put that ranking to the test in a scenic locale.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State junior center J.C. Brignone and the offensive line have something to prove Saturday against the University of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE — The smile on Phil Turner’s face says it all. The junior guard isn’t fixated on whether he is a starter or if he is coming off the bench. He is focused on working hard, having a good time, and doing whatever he needs to do to help the Mississippi State men’s basketball team have a successful season.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury doesn’t expect freshman forward Renardo Sidney to be available later this week when the Bulldogs travel to the San Padre Island Invitational in Texas.
STARKVILLE — Alexis Rack was in attack mode from the opening minute. Layups, 3-pointers, jump shots, free throws — the points came from everywhere and anywhere so quickly that the University of Maryland women’s basketball team didn’t have time to react. The result was a career-high 43-point effort from Rack that helped propel No. 25 Mississippi State to an 84-55 victory against Maryland before a crowd of 3,042 at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE — It was fitting Mississippi State’s all-time leading scorer was on hand Sunday to watch one of the best scoring performances in school history. LaToya Thomas, the school’s all-time leading scorer (2,981 points) and its only four-time Kodak All-American, had a front row seat for Alexis Rack’s 43-point effort that sparked No. 25 MSU’s 84-55 victory against Maryland. “I haven’t been back since (former All-American) Tan’s (White) senior year,” Thomas said. “I have been talking a little bit with coach (Sharon) Fanning-Otis and I thought this would be a great game to come to. I wanted to surprise the girls and give them a little bit of inspiration.”
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen will get to experience the Egg Bowl for the first time Saturday. Mullen has watched the annual rivalry game between MSU and Ole Miss as a neutral party in the past. Once he became MSU’s coach less than a year ago, Mullen had to learn more about the Egg Bowl. MSU and Ole Miss meet for the 106th time at 11:21 a.m. Saturday (WCBI).
STARKVILLE — Jarvis Varnado will get a rest from questions about records and blocked shots — at least for a while. The Mississippi State senior center had four blocked shots Saturday night to become the Southeastern Conference’s all-time leader in that category. Varnado also tied for team-high scoring honors with 10 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 67-51 victory against Bethune-Cookman before a crowd of 3,721 at Humphrey Coliseum.
Brenda Frese knows what it’s like to mix and match to find the right rotation. But while Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis is juggling lineups with experienced players, Frese is working from the opposite end. Frese, who is in her eighth season as coach at the University of Maryland, has one of the youngest lineups in Division I. Nine of the 11 players on the Terrapins’ roster are freshmen or sophomores, so Frese said it could take her a little time to find the best mix.
Heath Hutchins usually visits Arkansas each winter for a time of fun and fellowship with friends. Saturday’s trip to Arkansas will be about business for the Mississippi State junior punter. Mississippi State (4-6, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) needs a victory against the University of Arkansas (11:21 a.m., WCBI) to keep its bowl hopes alive.
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