STARKVILLE -- The doors to the Mississippi State football team's locker room opened, and coach Dan Mullen led his team onto the field confidently, as the Bulldogs ran straight for their Saturday afternoon showdown with No. 2 Auburn.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Bo Wallace ran for two scores and threw a touchdown pass and Ole Miss' defense added two scores to help the third-ranked Rebels remain undefeated with a 35-20 victory against No. 14 Texas A&M on Saturday night.
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- An Alabama team known for stingy defense and physical offense is getting more attention for turnovers and penalties this week. The seventh-ranked Crimson Tide (4-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) has been uncharacteristically mistake-prone, especially the past two games.
STARKVILLE -- Call it the one that got away. A year before his team defeated then-No. 8 LSU and then-No. 6 Texas A&M in back-to-back games, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen had the Bulldogs in position for a huge win at Auburn early in the 2013 season. At the time, few knew how good Auburn really was.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State guard Fred Thomas wants to be a leader on the basketball court. Part of that desire comes from the fact that it will help the Bulldogs, 24-41 in the past two seasons, win games more games. The other part? Thomas wants to provide MSU's newcomers with something he didn't have when he entered the program three years ago.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team's surprise victory against Alabama last weekend will live in school lore for a long time. But the victory -- for all of its immediate satisfaction -- didn't clinch a Southeastern Conference Western Division. There's a lot of football still to be played this season.
SCOOBA -- Sophomore wide receiver Brandon Acker knew he was joining a championship program when he signed to play football and baseball at East Mississippi Community College. Still, he never expected this much success.
STARKVILLE -- Chinwe Okorie has gone from sitting and watching to being able to do everything the rest of her teammates on the Mississippi State women's basketball can do.
STARKVILLE -- Beniquez Brown wasn't fooled. Early in the first quarter of Mississippi State 48-31 victory against Texas A&M, Brown, waited patiently as quarterback Kenny Hill approached the line of scrimmage for a critical fourth-and-1 inside MSU's 20-yard line.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's defense has improved dramatically since the last time the Tigers faced Dak Prescott. Then again, so has Prescott. That was long before the 6-foot-2, 230-pound star for No. 3 Mississippi State emerged as the Southeastern Conference's hottest quarterback and the biggest challenge the second-ranked Tigers have faced this season.
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STARKVILLE - Nothing like a program-changing win to make a coach start reflecting on his journey.
STARKVILLE -- Two days after Mississippi State finished off a 48-31 win over No. 6 Texas A&M, the rewards continued to roll in for the Bulldogs on Monday. Late Monday afternoon, MSU quarterback Dak Prescott, linebacker Richie Brown and offensive lineman Ben Beckwith were named as conference or national award-winners for a team that improved to 5-0 for the second time in three years.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is coming off his two biggest wins in his six years in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Expectations are nothing new at Mississippi State this year. Before the 2014 season started, Dan Mullen and the MSU football team were besieged with questions about how they were going to handle the expectations they faced this season. So far, so good on that front. Vic Schaefer hopes his team will handle the expectations that it will face as it prepares for the 2014-15 season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team can't stop making history. A day after beating No. 6 Texas A&M to knock off a second-straight top-10 team for the first time in school history, MSU reaped the rewards Sunday in the form of a No. 3 ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll. It's the highest ranking in program history and sets up a top-five matchup against No. 2 Auburn at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) at Davis-Wade Stadium, also a program first.
JACKSON -- The Magnolia State is still buzzing from arguably the most successful sports weekend in its history. Ole Miss rallied to topple Alabama 23-17 in Oxford a few hours after Mississippi State dominated Texas A&M 48-31 in Starkville, helping turn the college football world upside down. On Sunday, fans of both schools were basking in a scenario almost too good to be true: The Rebels and Bulldogs are tied for the No. 3 spot in The Associated Press Top 25.
SCOOBA -- Two rushes, two incomplete passes, turnover on downs. That was the opening drive for the No. 1 East Mississippi Community College football team on Saturday for its Homecoming game against No. 12 Jones County Junior College at Sullivan-Windham Field. The offensive struggles didn't last.
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