HOUSTON, Texas -- The Mississippi State football team's offensive line made Vick Ballard's night pretty simple against Houston. The junior running back rushed for a career-high 134 yards and three touchdowns, and the Bulldogs gained 409 yards on the ground in a 47-24 win over the Cougars on Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Now that Mississippi State's men's basketball team knows when its suspended players will return to the court, the Bulldogs now must find a way back to the NCAA tournament. Sophomore forward Renardo Sidney will miss the team's first nine games, while junior point guard Dee Bost won't return until the team's first league game in January.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After delivering the University of South Carolina football team's biggest win ever, all coach Steve Spurrier could do was smile. "I think that this game was meant to be," he said. The way the Gamecocks played, it sure seemed like it.
STARKVILLE -- In the past year, Mississippi State's men's basketball program has gone through two eligibility appeals processes with the NCAA. In that span, point guard Dee Bost and forward Renardo Sidney have kept a low profile and haven't been available to the media.
STARKVILLE -- The players have changed, but the message is the same. As much as Mississippi State women's basketball coach Sharon Fannning-Otis might not want to be redundant, the things that were keys to a special 2009-10 season will determine if the 2010-11 squad will be able to match that success.
STARKVILLE -- Kayla Woodard's path to Starkville wasn't conventional. It's not often volleyball players from small schools in the state of Alabama go largely unrecruited, accept an offer to walk on at a Division I school, earn a scholarship, and become one of their team's most valuable players on and off the court.
OXFORD -- Injured and ineffective, the University of Mississippi football team's defense gets a much-needed breather this weekend with an off date before facing top-ranked Alabama on Oct. 16.
SCOOBA -- In a game that featured five ties, the Northeast Mississippi Community College football team defeated East Mississippi C.C. 49-42 on Thursday night in a MACJC North Division shootout at Sullivan-Windham Field.
STARKVILLE -- It's natural to assume big plays are staples of any high-powered passing offense. While it's true for some teams, it works differently for most of today's spread passing teams.
STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Chris Stratton was a freshman looking to make an impact in his first year at Mississippi State. He had no idea he'd become the ace of a pitching staff filled with players no more experienced than himself.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's soccer team knew before the season a six-game road stretch that led into the start of the Southeastern Conference schedule would be a challenge. No one could have predicted the team would go 1-5 and have more players end up on the training table than on the field for the next game.
Step aside Colonel Reb. The next University of Mississippi mascot could well be a fierce black bear, a toothy land shark or a character in a full-body muscle-suit.
STARKVILLE -- As defensive systems go in the professional game, the 3-4 defense is the popular way to go. Now that it has proven effective in the NFL, it was only a matter of time before a wave of base 3-4 systems hit college football.
Gabe Poe doesn't fit the mold of a traditional linebacker. Listed at 5-foot-8, 205 pounds, you might think Poe's size would be best utilized in the secondary. But every position is fair game when you have a motor like Poe's.
STARKVILLE -- Following a program-best NCAA Sweet 16 appearance last season, the Mississippi State women's basketball program announced its 2010-11 schedule on Tuesday. With a 28-game slate, the Lady Bulldogs will play 14 opponents at Humphrey Coliseum and seven games that will be televised.
STARKVILLE -- For the second time in his career, Mississippi State tight end Marcus Green will have a season cut short to injury.
HATTIESBURG -- Nearly every day, Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora said a fan will approach and ask him why his team's defense is suddenly so impressive.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mark Ingram was already a rising star before last year's South Carolina game. Maybe a commentator or two, and some University of Alabama football fans, had even tossed his name and "Heisman Trophy candidate" together following a 172-yard game against the University of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Last season, Mississippi State's football team had two heartbreaking losses at home. The University of Houston was one of the teams to escape Starkville with a win. Coming off a bye week, the Cougars (3-1, 2-0 Conference USA) will welcome the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) to Texas on Saturday.
The scoreboard at Davis Wade Stadium showed Mississippi State beat Alcorn State 49-16 Saturday, but coaches and players feel like they should have performed better.
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