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Behind Quarterback Dak Prescott, Mississippi State Rallies To Win In Overtime

postgame-links-150x1501Mississippi State 17 – Ole Miss 10 (OT). Video Highlights

1. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen told his wife Thursday morning Dak Prescott wouldn’t play.  The quarterback scored the game-winning touchdown.

2. Mullen: ”The second I put him on the field I felt like we were going to win the game.”

3. Bulldogs get all-important sixth victory of the season – pre-sale of bowl tickets starts today.

4. Tough night for Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace - three first-half interceptions and a game-ending fumble.

5. “You can’t blame the Ole Miss run defense for the 17-10 Egg Bowl loss. It did its part.”

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MSU QB Situation Goes From Bad To Worse

quarterback-silhouette-question-markSenior Tyler Russell was expected to be Mississippi State’s starting quarterback in 2013.  But Russell was lost to a concussion in an opening day loss to Oklahoma State.

By the time Russell returned, sophomore Dak Prescott had proven to be a dual threat from the QB position.  His arm and his legs — mainly his legs — made him one of if not the best weapon on State’s offense.

Last week against Alabama, Prescott sat out with an injury to his throwing elbow.  Russell got the start before leaving the game early with an injured throwing shoulder.

With Prescott and Russell both listed as day-to-day on State’s injury report, Dan Mullen says true freshman Damian Williams could get the starting nod for this week’s game with Arkansas.  Williams failed to complete a pass in five attempts filling in for Russell against the Crimson Tide.  No matter, says the coach:

 

“If we treat these guys like they’re your kids, you’re going to be a bit more cautious with them than I probably would myself.  If Damien is healthy and the other guys aren’t, we’ll go with Damian…

For a situation, give him a lot of credit on Saturday night.  To sit there and say ‘Go get it, big guy,’ and to come in and perform, we’d obviously like him to perform at a higher level but the stage wasn’t too big for him.”

 

Williams did complete 11-of-18 throws for 152 yards against Alcorn State and Troy in mop-up duty.

Saturday’s battle between the Bulldogs (1-5 in the SEC) and the Razorbacks (0-6) will go a long way toward determining who lands in the West Division cellar this season.

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Saban: Time For Alabama Players “To Embrace The Next Challenge”

gfx - they said itAlabama coach Nick Saban knows what he doesn’t want his team to feel after its 38-17 win over LSU — relieved.  The man who’s won four BCS titles already — and is making a strong run for #5 — wants no repeat of what happened to the Tide last year.  You might remember that Bama won a tough game in Baton Rouge and then immediately returned home to lose to Texas A&M.

 

“The biggest thing is the players have to embrace the next challenge of what they need to do to play well.  You cannot take things for granted.  There can’t be any kind of relief syndrome, that, ‘We got by that game.’

The team we want to be is the team we were in the second half — an aggressive team that’s trying to control the line of scrimmage, playing aggressively.  Not a team playing with a lot of anxiety that’s worried about making mistakes and errors.  We made a lot of mental errors in the first half of the game (against LSU).

You’ve got to be aggressive and you’ve got to play to win.  You can’t play to keep from getting beat.”

 

Soooooo, he wants his players to be aggressive, right?  Well, if Alabama plays as it did in the second half against LSU that won’t be good news for a Mississippi State squad that might be without quarterback Dak Prescott this weekend.

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MSU QB Prescott Loses Mother To Cancer

PeggyThe mother of Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott has lost her battle with colon cancer.  Peggy Prescott, the 52-year-old mother of three, passed away yesterday morning.

Dan Mullen said in an MSU press release:

 

“The Mississippi State footbally family is completely saddened by the passing of Dak Prescott’s mom, Peggy.  They shared an extraordinary mother-son relationship.  We know Dak will carry on here great strength and kindness.  Please pray for Dak and his family as they go through this difficult time.  We also kindly ask that you please respect their privacy.”

 

Prescott, a sophomore at State, shaved his head prior to this football season as a show of support for his mother’s battle with cancer.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family.

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Mississippi State Hangs On To Beat Kentucky

Mississippi State 28 – Kentucky 22. Video Highlights

1. Bulldogs defense stops a late Kentucky effort to rally. Dan Mullen: “For the second game in a row, we made a defensive stand to win at the end,”

2. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott throws for 268 yards and two touchdowns.

3. Mississippi State receiver Jameon Lewis rushes, catches and passes for a touchdown.

4. Bulldogs senior safety Nickeo Whitely flagged for two personal foul unsportsmanlike penalties – ejected from game.

5. Kentucky drops to 1-6 and 0-4 in conference play.  Coach Mark Stoops: “Frustrated again and disappointed.”

6. Maxwell Smith got the start at quarterback for Kentucky  - “this may have been his last, best chance to re-assert a claim on the Cats starting job.”

7. Smith completes 11-of-23 passes for 117 yards.  Eight screens in first dozen passes.

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MSU’s Mullen Won’t Share His QB Plans For LSU

gfx - they said itTwo weeks ago, Dan Mullen said that despite leading Mississippi State to a 62-7 win over Troy, Dak Prescott had not stolen the starting quarterback job from Tyler Russell.  Russell suffered a concussion in the opener against Oklahoma State (loss) and has missed the Alcorn State (win), Auburn (loss), and Troy games.

Now Russell is set to return as LSU invades Davis-Wade Stadium.  So is Mullen sticking to his plan to hand the starter’s gig back to Russell?  He isn’t saying:

 

“We’ll figure it out as we go.  The same way we do with (running backs LaDarius Perkins) and (defensive linemen) Josh Robinson and Preston Smith and Ryan Brown.  It’s all the same.  Guys need to be ready to play…

(Prescott’s playing time is) always going to change from game to game.  We’ll figure that out on gameday when we have the final plan ready for LSU.”

 

Prescott has performed admirably while filling in for Russell.  The dual-threat QB is averaging 177 yards passing and just under 54 yards rushing per game.  He currently ranks ninth in the SEC in passer rating.

So how much will he play against LSU?  Stay tuned.

 

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Auburn Rallies To Beat Mississippi State, South Carolina Holds Off Vanderbilt

postgame-linksAuburn 24 – Mississippi State 20. Video Highlights

1. Auburn goes on an 88-yard touchdown drive with under two minutes to go to beat the Bulldogs.

2. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott rushes for 133 yards but only 18 of those yards came in the fourth quarter.

3. Tough loss for the Bulldogs. Entered fourth quarter with three-point lead. Coach Dan Mulllen: “Give Auburn credit. They made plays to win the game. We didn’t.”

4. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall completes a 37-yard pass – to himself.


South Carolina 35 – Vanderbilt 25. Video Highlights

5. South Carolina rolls up 579 yards of offense – most Vanderbilt has allowed in the James Franklin era.

6. Goal-line interception by Gamecocks defense cuts Vanderbilt rally short.

7. Mismatch – Vanderbilt linebackers on South Carolina running backs. Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds combined for 132 yards on only eight catches in first half.

8. Jadeveon Clowney enters postgame news conference wearing a walking boot.  Slowed by bone spurs in his right foot.

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MSU’s QB Russell Back At Practice

tyler-russell-msu-passingQuarterback Tyler Russell returned to the Mississippi State practice fields yesterday.  The senior missed last week’s blowout win over Alcorn State after suffering a concussion in MSU’s season-opening loss to Oklahoma State.

So will Russell be the starter when State visits Auburn this weekend?  “If Tyler is healthy enough to go,” said Dan Mullen, “then he’ll be playing quarterback for us… if he’s not, then Dak (Prescott) will be playing quarterback for us.”

Russell got off to a hot start against OSU before leaving that game.  He was 10-of-16 through the air for 263 yards.  He did throw an interception, however.

In two games against Auburn (as a freshman and as a junior), Russell is 24-of-38 passes for 241 yards, three TDs and one INT.  He led the Bulldogs to a 28-10 win over the Tigers last fall.

 

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Wow Headlines 3/1/2013

Thursday night SEC Basketball
Missouri 90 – South Carolina 68
Mississippi State  tight ends coach Tim Brewster leaves to accept assistant coaching job at Florida State
Tennessee interviewing candidates to replace departed running backs coach Jay Graham
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott likely to miss spring drills after undergoing toe surgery
Georgia FB Zander Ogletree will also give up football due to an unspecified injury
Players from the SEC and other conferences will wear electronic chips in their jerseys… The data will be used to improve on-field safety
South Carolina’s season-opener against North Carolina will kickoff ESPN’s Thursday night football coverage this fall
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SEC Headlines – 8/7/12

1.  Alabama players are counting on Nick Saban to fix any problems with the Tide’s secondary.

2.  Brian VanGorder has brought a new defense and a new attitude to Auburn.

3.  Arkansas’ linebacker Tenarius Wright left practice yesterday after a collision with Knile Davis.

4.  LSU coaches are taking a long look at their speedy freshman linebackers.

5.  Dak Prescott may be a backup quarterback, but he’s prepping as if he’s to be Mississippi State’s starter.

6.  MSU’s nonconference basketball schedule is set.

7.  Ole Miss safety Charles Sawyer will be out four-to-six weeks and receiver Collins Moore might miss the season due to injuries.  (Very bad news for the Hugh Freeze.)

8.  Texas A&M’s O-line is gearing up to face the SEC’s vaunted D-lines.

9.  Florida’s Will Muschamp says there’s “absolutely zero evidence” that highly penalized teams can’t win championships.  (You don’t hear coaches say that very often.)

10.  Georgia’s defensive line coach Rodney Garner: “Evil” or just doling out “thug love?”

11.  Ten things learned from Kentucky’s first week of practice.

12.  UK returned 2,000 tickets for the Cats’ season-opening game at Louisville.  (Not a good sign for Joker Phillips.)

13.  South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will have to trust his surgically-repaired knee.

14.  Defensive end Corey Miller is glad to be back with Tennessee’s team after academic issues in the spring.

15.  The Vol basketball team explored the sites of Rome yesterday as they kicked off an Italian hoops tour.

16.  Vanderbilt linebacker Archibald Barnes wants to “get on everybody’s radar” this season.

17.  Missouri is already experiencing attrition on the offensive line.

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