STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen is still trying to get his team’s passing game where it needs to be after four games. Through spring practice, offseason workouts, preseason drills and four regular-season games in Mullen’s spread offense, the Bulldogs have yet to click on all cylinders.
STARKVILLE -- There’s no silver-lining in a loss for Dan Mullen. Mississippi State’s football coach didn’t see anything as a positive coming out of Saturday’s 30-26 loss to seventh-ranked LSU. “We didn’t win the game and the most important thing is to win the game for us in the end,” Mullen said on his Sunday teleconference. “We’ve preached competition since the first day, but there’s a winner and a loser. There’s really good things that happen to winners and nothing good happens when you don’t win.”
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State was six inches away from scoring a go-ahead touchdown against the No. 7 team in the country. With 1 minute, 8 seconds left in Saturday’s game against the LSU Tigers, the Bulldogs were turned away.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State senior tailback Anthony Dixon continues to add records to his resume. Dixon scored 12 points on a pair of touchdown runs Saturday in a 30-26 loss to No. 7 LSU to become the school’s all-time scoring leader with 222 points. He also extended his school record with 33 career touchdowns.
Leanna Baldner knows Hannah Tyler doesn’t have a problem being vocal. In fact, if a poll was taken of the Mississippi State soccer team, Tyler would likely be named the most outgoing player on the squad. On the other hand, Baldner is a quiet, lead-by-example player or, as she likes to put it, “more relaxed.” Despite their differences in style, Baldner and Tyler have teamed to play integral roles in MSU’s success this season.
The numbers say LSU’s running game is 10th in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State’s defensive players see something different on film. The Bulldogs are preparing like they are about to face one of the conference’s best running teams. One of their goals is to hold the Tigers below their 163.7 yards per game average when the teams meet at 11:21 a.m. Saturday (WCBI-TV) in a Southeastern Conference game in Starkville.
Mississippi State stresses the importance of scheduling in-state schools in football. MSU took a huge step in that direction Thursday morning by signing a contract to play Southern Miss. The schools held a press conference at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson to announce plans to play each other to kick off the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
STARKVILLE — A press conference to announce details of a football series between Mississippi State and Southern Miss was scheduled for noon today at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum and Athletic Director Greg Byrne were expected to be joined by USM President Martha Saunders and Athletic Director Richard Giannini.
Dennis Johnson is out a dream. The former Amory High School defensive lineman could have remained at Itawamba Community College to complete his two years of eligibility, but he saw the opportunity to be a part of the LSU football program.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen had one priority when he was hired. Not long after Mullen took the MSU job on Dec. 10, 2008, he visited defensive lineman Pernell McPhee and punter Heath Hutchins at Itawamba Community College.
STARKVILLE –– Sean Brauchle is finding his range at Mississippi State. The confidence for the placekicker is rising as he makes field goals for the Bulldogs. In Saturday’s 15-3 victory against Vanderbilt, Brauchle made three field goals and he’s starting to make them from long distances.. Brauchle, a transfer from Itawamba Community College, made field goals from 44 and 27 yards in the second quarter and a season-long of 49 yards in the third to give MSU a 9-3 lead.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Mississippi State football team’s defense wasn’t going to let the play of the offense and special teams go to waste Saturday night against Vanderbilt University. After not taking advantage of a blocked punt return for a touchdown by Robert Elliott last week in a loss to Auburn, the Bulldogs were again put in a position to win with solid special teams play and timely offense.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tyson Lee picked a good time to score the second rushing touchdown of his Mississippi State career. With the Bulldogs clinging to a 9-3 lead late in the fourth quarter, the senior quarterback from Columbus broke loose on a keeper and scored from 22 yards. The run on fourth-and-1 provided the finishing touches on MSU’s 15-3 victory against Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
Kat Walsh is used to succeeding in soccer. Her ability as a scorer helped her earn Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year honors in 2004 and 2005 at Spain Park High School in Hoover, Ala. As a result, Walsh was a sought-after recruit who decided to take her skills to LSU. That’s when Walsh discovered the first choice might not always be the best choice.
SCOOBA –– East Mississippi Community College carried a No. 2 national ranking in the NJCAA/JCfootball.com poll and an undefeated record into Thursday night’s game against rival No. 13 ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. A soggy field and the threat of rain didn’t deter fans from filling EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field for the much-anticipated matchup. The Lions seemed to be in gear to continue their winning ways and offensive domination when All-America quarterback Randall Mackey hit wide receiver Lance Lewis in stride for an 80-yard opening play touchdown. With barely 18 seconds elapsed, EMCC led 7-0. But the lead was short lived as EMCC suffered a 43-26 loss.
Zach Smith knows about the potential of Vanderbilt quarterback Larry Smith. The Mississippi State junior safety became familiar with Larry Smith during preparation for the Alabama High School Athletic Association All-Star Game in 2005. They also spent time together attending high school football camps in Alabama and became friends. Zach played at Susan Moore High School in Altoona, Ala., while Larry Smith prepped at Prattville (Ala.) High.
Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis believes her program has the potential to make history this season. At least one national basketball publication believes in the Lady Bulldogs, too. Lindy’s College Basketball magazine has Mississippi State ranked No. 25 in its poll of the nation’s best teams.
Dan Mullen has a plan to build the Mississippi State football program into a winner. The first-year coach said successful recruiting will help the Bulldogs implement that plan and help them return to postseason bowl games, something they have done once (Liberty Bowl, 2007) in the past five years.
An abundance of playmakers has helped the East Mississippi Community College football team climb to No. 2 in the nation. The contributions are coming from the usual places — like All-America sophomore quarterback Randall Mackey — and plenty of unlikely sources, particularly a player with a broken hand.
Southeastern Conference teams know depth in the backfield is crucial. Vanderbilt University is glad to have it. With senior running back Jared Hawkins still unable to do very much in practice with a foot injury, freshmen Zac Stacy and Warren Norman and junior Kennard Reeves have emerged for the Commodores.
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