November 17, 2010

Mullen talking Razorbacks

For the first time since mid-September Mississippi State is attempting to comeback after a loss.

The Bulldogs had their six-game winning streak snapped in a 30-10 loss at Alabama this past weekend. The road does not get any easier this week as they host No. 13 Arkansas.

"We've had a pretty good week of practice rebounding from that last game," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "Our focus has been to get back to more of our game week routine. We're going to have our hands full with a very talented Arkansas team. They have probably the most talented quarterback in the country and has some skilled receivers around him with a talented defense. We're going to have to play our football game of controlling the tempo of the game, control the ball and make plays when they are there to be made."

The Razorbacks come into the game at 8-2 and are averaging 491.9 yards of offense and 37.9 points per game. Their passing attack led by junior quarterback Ryan Mallett gains most of the spotlight accounting for 343.6 yards per game.

But the Hogs rushing attack is also dangerous. Arkansas is averaging 148.3 yards rushing led by Knile Davis' 84.4 yards a contest.

"That's what makes them a balanced offense and makes them tough," Mullen said. "Mallett and the talent they have at receiver on the outside draws so much attention that they get very favorable looks to run the football. That is what makes them a tough operation and the highest scoring offense in the SEC. They have all of those different weapons and the ability to get the ball to all these skill players with a quarterback who can get it to them. You can't double everybody on the field. If you take care of all the receivers then you've left very favorable numbers in the run game."

The Bulldogs defense has proven to be one of the stingiest in the league allowing only 20 touchdown during the first 10 games. Only eight teams in the country have allowed fewer.

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