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Saban frustrated about reaction to victory

Posted 10/14/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Even Alabama's No. 7 ranking can't conceal some chinks in the Alabama football team's armor that once seemed impenetrable. Special teams muffs, turnovers, and even problems running the ball have been among them. Coach Nick Saban can work on those issues, but he can't change the fact that a 14-13 victory against Arkansas causes more concern than celebration among his fan base.

 

 

MSU baseball eager to start fall season

Posted 10/14/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- On the eve of his team starting fall practice, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen stood before the assembled media Monday afternoon and was asked for an opening statement. Naturally, as Cohen crafts his seventh edition of the Diamond Dawgs, he started the fall practice period by talking about MSU's No. 1-ranked football team.

 

 

Sword, Zuppardo latest MSU players injured

Posted 10/14/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After two injury-plagued seasons that depleted his roster, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray was dealt a pair of heavy blows as he prepares for his third season in Starkville. On Monday, MSU announced guard Craig Sword, MSU's leading scorer a year ago, will miss four to six weeks due to a back injury that will require surgery, while Johnny Zuppardo, a 6-foot-9 forward who transferred from Jones County Junior College, will miss the 2014-15 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

 

 

Ole Miss happy to return home

Posted 10/14/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Playing as a top-five team for the first time, the Ole Miss football team passed a major test Saturday night in a 35-20 rout of then-No. 14 Texas A&M at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Coach Hugh Freeze and his Rebels will try to build on the momentum of back-to-back victories at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) when they play host to Tennessee at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

 

 

Voters explain why they went with MSU at No. 1

Posted 10/13/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Through sly grins and rehearsed answers Saturday night, Mississippi State's football players downplayed talk of No. 3 MSU being named the No. 1 team in the country after a 38-23 victory against No. 2 Auburn at Davis Wade Stadium. By Sunday afternoon, those grins likely had turned into huge smiles.

 

 

Alabama survives against Arkansas

Posted 10/13/2014 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- After all the frustrations of late, Nick Saban at least had his comic timing down pat. The Alabama coach, following a 14-13 victory against Arkansas and a second-straight game filled with turnovers and key penalties, had his deadpan response ready when asked about the reasons for the mistakes.

 

 

Stingy defense helps Ole Miss beat Texas A&M

Posted 10/13/2014 in College Sports

The Ole Miss football team's defense is forcing turnovers and scoring points. Safety Cody Prewitt said the unit is relentless and stingy. It's hard to argue with him after the defense helped No. 3 Ole Miss beat No. 14 Texas A&M 35-20 to improve to 6-0 for the first time since 1962.

 

 

Alabama edges Arkansas

Posted 10/12/2014 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Even after a week, Blake Sims wasn't quite ready to let go of the frustration from the shocking loss at Mississippi. The rest of the Alabama quarterback's teammates played as if they were still hung up on the loss as well for much of a 14-13 victory at Arkansas on Saturday night.

 

 

MSU beats Auburn for another top-10 win

Posted 10/12/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After the victory lap, after the hug and kiss from his wife, after staring up at the scoreboard to let the final score sink in, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen had two people he needed to see in the aftermath of his team's 38-23 victory against No. 2 Auburn on Saturday night.

 

 

Fast start propels MSU over Auburn

Posted 10/12/2014 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Auburn-Mississippi State By the Numbers

Posted 10/12/2014 in College Sports

Auburn-Mississippi State By the Numbers

 

 

Ole Miss backs up home win with big win at Texas A&M

Posted 10/12/2014 in College Sports

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.

 

 

5 for Inside for Mississippi State-Auburn

Posted 10/10/2014 in College Sports

5 for Inside for Mississippi State-Auburn

 

 

Alabama trying to conquer penalties, turnovers

Posted 10/10/2014 in College Sports

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.

 

 

MSU doesn't want to let this Auburn game get away

Posted 10/10/2014 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Deeper MSU will look to leaders to set tone

Posted 10/10/2014 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Ole Miss will try to re-focus after huge win

Posted 10/10/2014 in College Sports

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.

 

 

No. 1 EMCC rolls to another victory

Posted 10/10/2014 in College Sports

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.

 

 

MSU's Okorie working to improve touch, offensive skills

Posted 10/9/2014 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Linebackers continue to shine for MSU

Posted 10/9/2014 in College Sports

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.

 

 

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