September 28, 2011

Mullen talking Georgia

Mississippi State has had mixed reviews in its first four games.

The Bulldogs are an even 2-2 on the year but are off to an 0-2 start in conference play. MSU will have a chance to change that this week traveling to Georgia reentering league play after a week away.

"It's an opportunity to turn the season into a positive and get it going in the right direction with our first SEC win," said State head coach Dan Mullen. "Obviously it's going to be a very tough team. Georgia is an extremely talented football team. They've shown that in the close games they've played against Top 10 teams this year and pretty dominating wins over teams they were better than. We'll have our hands full this week. We're going to have to go on the road a play a clean, well-executed football game to get a win."

Mississippi State started the year of strong offensively gaining 1,176 yards and scoring 93 points in its first two games. But since then the Bulldogs offense has been limited to 533 yards and 32 points in their last two contests.

"LSU is a pretty good defensive football team and had a good plan for us," Mullen said. "I think when you're off offensively you don't have to be very far off. When you're trying to play two freshman offensive linemen right now, one guy off gets you out of rhythm on offense and can kind of slow you down. Every time we've been taking shots early, we were hitting them down the field. We've been just off the fingertips the last two weeks. Those issues can really start to compound one after the other where you don't get into a good rhythm on offense."

Part of State's struggles of late are due in part to offensive line injuries. Senior left tackle James Carmon has not played since the first half of the Auburn and junior right guard Tobias Smith was lost for the season on the first drive against LSU.

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