October 27, 2011

Phillips talking Mississippi State

Mississippi State and Kentucky have had some classic battles on the gridiron over the past few years and this year is shaping up to be the same.

Both the Bulldogs and the Wildcats enter this week's matchup with identical 3-4 records and are both winless in the Southeastern Conference.

The last five meetings have been decided by an average of five points with MSU winning three of those contests.

"It's usually the difference in your season whoever wins this game," said UK head coach Joker Phillips. "They've beaten us the last couple of years. One year we would've had eight wins and last year we would've been a seven win season for us. They've won them. The year before that gave them their fourth win and this past season it helped them get to nine wins. It's an important game for both. It's a team that you ought to be familiar with because you play them every year so it becomes a real physical battle."

Last season Kentucky got a steady dose of Vick Ballard and Chris Relf on the ground. The Bulldogs rushed for 214 yards with Ballard's 103 and Relf's 79 with each scoring a touchdown in a 24-17 win in Starkville.

So far in 2011 State is averaging 180.1 yards on the ground but have been held to 56 yards or less twice this season against LSU and Georgia.




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