October 28, 2009

Mullen talking Kentucky

Saturday is a pivotal matchup for Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs are sitting at three wins on the season and only have four games to become bowl eligible. They will travel to Kentucky in search of a third straight road win this season coming off an upset bid of top-ranked Florida last week.

"We're bouncing back after a pretty emotional game last week," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "I think our team is pretty focused. We know we've got a tough challenge playing a real good Kentucky team. They have a bunch of players on offense and are going to create issues for us. We've got to be real sound and tackle the ball in the open field. Obviously they have always played real good, sound defense. We're going to have our hands full with Kentucky."

Having played against the Wildcats every season while in the SEC East at Florida, Mullen is well aware of how talented Kentucky is and how much improvement that program has made in recent years under Rich Brooks.

"Coach Brooks has done a great job building that program," Mullen said. "He knows how to win and have won a bunch of close games this year. They've gone to consecutive bowl games the last couple of years and that's where we would like our program to get caught up to so we've got to come out and play our best ballgame on Saturday."

There is one player in particular that Mullen is concerned about on the Wildcats roster. Randall Cobb is a multi-talented player that is a three-way threat on offense. Cobb has rushed 35 times for 280 yards and four touchdowns, completed two passes for 46 yards and hauled in a team high 28 balls for 349 yards and four more scores.

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