October 3, 2011

Monday with Mullen

Mississippi State obviously cannot do anything to help its 0-3 start in league play this week.

But the Bulldogs and head coach Dan Mullen can however focus on getting its offense back on track facing out of conference foe UAB on the road Saturday.

"This is obviously a big game for us coming off a tough road loss for us last week," Mullen said. "We're on the road again this week. I was real excited for the way our guys came out and practiced yesterday. The attitude and how they attacked the practice was pretty exciting to me and exciting to our coaching staff. We've got a lot of things to get cleaned up. Obviously UAB is a tough opponent and we saw that last year at our stadium. They took us right down to the wire so we're going to have our hands full with these guys."

MSU struggled offensively in a 24-10 loss last week to Georgia. The Bulldogs managed only 213 yards (56 rushing) and three points on offense marking the second time in five games they have been held out of the end zone on that side of the ball.

"Offensively what takes you out of the flow are negatives," Mullen said. "We had nine negative yardage plays on offense, five penalties on offense and three turnovers. When you add all that up you have about 30-percent of the game where you had a negative thing going on. Throw in some incomplete passes on top of that and now up around 40-percent of the time you're not in a positive flow even moving the ball three-yards."

Senior quarterback Chris Relf struggled to find consistency in the passing game once again. During the last three games Relf has completed just 44-of-77 of his throws for 417 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

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