September 24, 2011

Louisiana Tech preview

Mississippi State will put its seven-game non-conference winning streak on the line this afternoon hosting Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs have not lost outside of the Southeastern Conference since 2009 and are 8-2 against non-conference foes under Dan Mullen's watch.

MSU will have an opportunity to exact revenge on one of the more embarrassing losses in school history. Coming off a Liberty Bowl victory, the Bulldogs traveled to Ruston, La., to open the 2008 season and fell 22-14 committing five turnovers. That loss send the career of the then head coach Sylvester Croom in a downward spiral that cost him his job at the end of the season.

In fact Tech has won two straight over State dating back to their last meeting in Starkville which the visiting Bulldogs won 38-23 in 1996. However Mississippi State still leads the all-time series 7-3 including a 7-2 mark at Davis Wade Stadium.

MSU is coming off back-to-back league losses to start the season to Auburn and LSU. State went down to LSU 19-6 on Thursday night last week in their first home game of the year. The Bulldogs limited the Tigers to only one touchdown late in the fourth quarter but were never able to get anything going offensively falling to 1-2 on the year.

Mississippi State enters today's game picking up 456.3 yards per game and averaging 33 points. MSU has led a balanced attack this fall gaining 231.3 yards rushing on average while adding an additional 225 through the air.

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