November 16, 2009

Mullen reflects on lopsided loss

Mississippi State is coming off their most lopsided loss of the season in a 31-3 defeat at the hands of No. 2 Alabama Saturday night.

One day removed from the defeat, Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen feels his team had several opportunities against the Crimson Tide but were unable to capitalize on them.

"Give Alabama a lot of credit," Mullen said. "What makes them a great team is they make a lot of plays but don't make mistakes at all during that game. We gave up four plays of over 40 yards and you can't do that. I think they had over 200 yards on just four plays and had only 200 yards on the other 53 plays. Those were the big difference makers. We did not make big plays in the game and they did."

Three of the Crimson Tide's touchdowns were over 45 yards including the final two in the fourth quarter to pull away late.

MSU took several shots down the field as well during the contest but each time the Tide defense was right there to pick off the pass or simply bat it down.

"That was the difference in the game," Mullen said. "When we were inches away from them, they made the play. When they were inches away from us, they made the play. We did a decent job and threw some good balls during the course of the game.



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