For the first couple of drives Saturday, Mississippi State looked ready to match Alabama on its home turf.
STARKVILLE -- How can a football team ranked in the top five of nearly every statistical category in its league have anything wrong with its offense? When that team is the University of Alabama, any aspect of play below a championship level isn't accepted.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's punting game hasn't gotten enough credit for the team's blistering start. The No. 17 Bulldogs (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) are second in the nation in fewest punt return yards conceded with 16. That figure pops even more considering MSU has allowed 11 punt returns this season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team will face more question marks than certainties Friday when it opens the regular season. The Bulldogs, who'll be without suspended players Dee Bost and Renardo Sidney, struggled defensively in their exhibition win against Lindsey Wilson College.
STARKVILLE -- Mary Kathryn Govero has seen the spotlight. Until now, though, she has avoided spending much of her college career in its glare. That all changed Sunday when the senior guard saw how important opponents believe she will be this season to the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
Perrance Ward still has work to do, but the opportunity to play Division I college football has been offered and accepted. The former West Point High School standout and East Mississippi Community College cornerback/safety gave a verbal commitment Tuesday to play football at the University of Memphis.
Alvin Ellis knows his University of West Alabama football team has lost close homes. In fact, every loss in the Tigers' 6-4 season has been by no more than four points.
Life as a Mississippi State football player begins immediately after the ink dries on the National Letter of Intent.
STARKVILLE -- It's not every year the Mississippi State and the University of Alabama football teams meet with identical records. Both teams haven't been ranked entering their annual late-season game since 1999, when the Bulldogs were No. 8 with an 8-0 record and the Crimson Tide were No. 11.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team finished its exhibition schedule Monday with a 73-68 double overtime win against the University of Alabama in Huntsville at Coleman Coliseum.
A bye week should be the most relaxing time of a football team's season. For No. 17 Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference), last week's break from competition shattered the ball club because of the death of defensive end Nick Bell.
Judith Tabala has only been a member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team for a few months, but her first game action Sunday showed she, Diamber Johnson, and the rest of her teammates are adjusting to new roles. Johnson, who offered the look to Tabala, scored a game-high 21 points to lead four players in double figures in a 75-42 victory against the University of Montevallo in an exhibition game at Humphrey Coliseum.
OXFORD -- With its best playmaker relegated to the sidelines, the University of Mississippi football team kept the playbook simple. And with a punishing running game led by Brandon Bolden's 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Ole Miss plowed past Louisiana-Lafayette 43-21 on Saturday night.
NEW ORLEANS -- Southern Mississippi barely got 100 yards passing from its quarterback, but the biggest play of the game was a pass from one of its wide receivers. Quentin Pierce took a lateral from quarterback Austin Davis and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Johdrick Morris to break a fourth-quarter tie and lead the Golden Eagles to a 46-30 Conference USA victory against Tulane on Saturday.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- As Les Miles' latest stab at fourth-down trickery was about to unfold, the LSU coach bent down, snatched up some blades of grass -- and ate them. "I have a little tradition that humbles me as a man, that lets me know that I'm a part of the field and part of the game," Miles said as a smile widened on his face. "You should have seen some games before this. I can tell you one thing: The grass in Tiger Stadium tastes best."
Versatility appears to be a potential catchword for the 2010-11 Mississippi State women's basketball team.
The Mississippi State men's basketball team's exhibition opener against Lindsey Wilson College showed how different the Bulldogs will look this season.
When Mississippi State's men's basketball team faces exhibition opponent Lindsey Wilson on Saturday, all eyes will be on the two players who won't be in uniform when the games start to count.
Nick Bell's memorial service featured several speakers and slideshows honoring the former Mississippi State football player. But each shared a common theme about their friend: his bright smile.
Tierney Jenkins feels this is the year. This time, it's not just talk.