October 7, 2010

Sumlin talking Mississippi State

Kevin Sumlin already has his Houston Cougars off to a 3-1 start and sitting atop the Conference USA Western Division standings with a perfect 2-0 record.

The Cougars only loss came when they stepped out of conference to take on UCLA falling 31-13. They will again be tested in a non-conference matchup this week hosting Mississippi State.

"Mississippi State provides us with a chance to step out of our league and play an SEC team," Sumlin said. "With that comes some big fast guys. It starts with their head coach Dan Mullen, who I have a tremendous respect for. A really good coach. A guy who has been successful, knows how to build programs. (He has) worked with Urban (Meyer) ever since Notre Dame, at Bowling Green, at Utah, and building (a program) at Florida. They are in year two and you can see what they are doing offensively and how they have come on. They lost to Auburn by three points. Anyone who has seen Auburn play knows they are a good football team. They have played LSU and blew out Memphis."

The Bulldogs had 490 yards of offense against Houston in their 31-24 battle last season in Starkville. MSU is averaging 392.6 yards and 28.6 points per game so far this year including 220.2 passing and another 172.4 on the ground.

"They are in year two of what they are doing offensively," Sumlin said. "They are a better football team than a year ago. It's going to be a challenge for us and having been on the field with them last year our guys understand what we are getting in to."

Part of Sumlin's plan of attack is containing Bulldog junior quarterback Chris Relf. Relf has completed 61.1-percent of his passes for 618 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions on the season.



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