September 21, 2011

Mullen talking Louisiana Tech

After two straight conference losses, Mississippi State hopes to bounce back this week taking on Louisiana Tech at home.

By the time the ball is kicked Saturday night the Bulldogs will have had 10 days to prepare themselves for the contest against Tech and focused on getting back in the win column.

"Obviously we are coming off two really tough conference games and need to get back on the winning track this week," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "We've had a good week of practice. You get a little bit of extra practice time when you play a Thursday game to prepare and gave our guys a chance to get away, get a little refreshed and get ready to get back and find a way to get a win."

The Bulldogs dropped back-to-back tight SEC bouts to Auburn and LSU. State spotted Auburn 14 points to start the game and was stopped an inch short of the goal line on the final play of the game giving the Tigers a 41-34 victory. The Bulldogs limited LSU to only one touchdown on the night but never could get anything going offensively themselves in a 19-6 showing in their home opener last week.

"You cannot make mistakes," Mullen said. "When you do make mistakes in the SEC that's when teams jump on you. The difference between the top to the bottom of this league is not a huge gap. It's those little mistakes that will flip the tide of the game. The team that makes the least number of mistakes and executes at the highest level usually finds a way to come out on top. I think that's why there are so many close games within the conference."

One of the positives Mullen took from the losses was on defense. During the defeat by Auburn the Bulldogs surrendered 381 yards including 235 on the ground. By the next week however against LSU the defense gave up only 148 yards rushing.



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