October 10, 2011

Dogs hope to keep momentum

Mississippi State's offense struggled the entire first half to get anything going on the road at UAB.

The Bulldogs only managed 118 yards and were shutout in the opening two quarters. But sophomore quarterback Tyler Russell entered the game for the first time in the second half and led the offense to 21 unanswered points and the victory.

"We just made plays," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "There were a lot of opportunities to make plays in the first half and we didn't make those plays. In the second half we were real good on third down conversions on offense. We didn't have a lot of negative yardage plays in the second half to put ourselves behind the chains in bad positions. We just executed much cleaner across the board."

Russell, who missed the previous two games due to a knee injury, completed 11-of-13 passing for 166 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

"I thought Tyler did a great job," Mullen said. "He got rid of the ball, managed the offense well and was very accurate throwing the football and made good decisions. Our guys made plays once they had the ball in their hands."

In the first half Chris Relf was just 6-of-10 for 46 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.

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