November 12, 2012

Mullen tries to end Bulldogs three-game skid

After being blown out 24-0 by halftime against both Alabama and Texas A&M, Mississippi State put together a better effort against LSU this past weekend.

But after the Bulldogs pulled within 20-17 early in the third quarter, LSU responded with 17 unanswered points to end the game pushing State's losing skid to three games.

"I think our kids played hard to put us in a position to win the game," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "But you make critical errors and don't make big plays in the course of the game and you're not going to win. Their kids made a bunch of big plays. We had some opportunities to and didn't do it."

For the third straight week the Bulldogs were held to under 100-yards rushing. MSU rushed for 47 yards against both Alabama and LSU and put up 98 yards against the Aggies.

Part of the Bulldogs struggles on the ground against LSU this past weekend were due to starting tailback LaDarius Perkins being out. The junior was scratched at game time due to a strained quad in his right leg which was suffered in last Wednesday's practice.

Mullen hopes to have Perkins back available for the Arkansas game this week.

"When you're dealing with a muscle injury you never know but I feel pretty good," Mullen said. "We thought he might be able to play and it was a decision we made right before the kickoff that he was not going to be 100-percent. Sometimes guys with injuries by playing can't make it any worse. We felt like by playing with this one could make it worse so we decided to hold him for his well being. He's pretty adamant that he's playing this week. We'll see with the training report how close he's going to get."

Following a 7-0 start to the season, Mississippi State has dropped its last three contests. The Bulldogs are hoping to get back on track this week but do not plan to change their approach this late in the year.

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