October 22, 2012

Escaping the trap before Tuscaloosa

Mississippi State won its ninth straight game and seventh this season Saturday night.

The 13th ranked Bulldogs rolled up 446 yards of offense during their 45-3 win over Middle Tennessee for homecoming and only allowed the Blue Raiders into the red zone twice in the contest.

"It was obviously a good win for us (Saturday) night," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "We played well on both sides of the ball on offense and defense. Even when we didn't score touchdowns early on, which was disappointing, there was no panic. We managed to get ourselves right back on track and controlled the tempo of the game and never let their offense get going."

The Bulldogs offense held the ball for nearly 20 minutes of the first half but only had a 10-3 lead at intermission.

"It was almost to the point of frustrating," Mullen said. "We controlled the tempo of the game and held the time of possession a bunch. We didn't get in a lot of drives. We moved the ball really well but just made silly mistakes.

But State came out in the third quarter notching three touchdowns on offense and forcing two turnovers on defense.

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