November 14, 2011

MSU moving on to the next one

After watching film of the Alabama game on Saturday, Dan Mullen could not help but notice the opportunities his team had and were not able to capitalize on.

Mississippi State missed two field goals, had four false start penalties, a bobbled punt snap, a dropped fourth down conversion catch and two 15-yard penalties that led to the Crimson Tide's first score.

"When you look at the film there were some opportunities that we had in that game to make some plays," Mullen said. "As a coaching staff we have to make sure our guys are ready. We have to make every play when you're playing top teams in the nation. You're not going to recover from making a lot of different mistakes. We made too many mistakes in the game to beat a top team in the country."

This week the Bulldogs face a whole new set of challenges. While Alabama's defense was rated No. 1 in the nation, Arkansas features a high powered offense that is averaging 455.7 yards and 38.8 points per game.

"This week we're going from the number one defense in the country to the top offense in the SEC and one of the best in the country," Mullen said. "They are another top 10 or top five team nationally. We'll rebound and when you're playing on the road you have to execute at a very high level."

The Razorbacks have elevated their program to No. 6 in the country this week in the AP poll with a 9-1 record with their only loss coming to Alabama on the road.

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