September 1, 2012

Bulldog blowout in opener

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Year four of the Dan Mullen era started the same as the three previous seasons - a dominate victory in the opener.

This year it was Jackson State who was on the losing end of a lopsided 56-9 score in which the Bulldogs scored eight touchdowns.

"We have a lot of things we can go over and teach off of this game's film," Mullen said. "We have a lot of guys getting some reps and we gave a lot of guys some experience. A lot of guys got to play football on the collegiate level for the first time."

MSU rolled up 377 yards on offense sporting a balanced attack of 194 yards on the ground and 183 yards passing and six offensive scores.

Tyler Russell led the Bulldogs offense to five of those scores completing 15-of-23 passing for 175 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in his fifth career start.

"Overall I think I did a pretty good job," Russell said. "Some throws I should not have made. I'll get into some film tomorrow to see some things I need to fix for next week."

Redshirt freshman Derrick Milton led the State rushing attack with 65 yards on eight carries and a late touchdown in his first career game. Starter LaDarius Perkins also had eight attempts and finished with 50 yards and two scores.

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