September 10, 2012

Bulldogs sit atop SEC West

Mississippi State is 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1999 and sit alone at the top of the Western Division standings.

The Bulldogs passed their first real test of the season with a 28-10 win over Auburn on Saturday but head coach Dan Mullen still sees areas where his team can improve.

"Obviously it's a great way to start off the SEC season to get a win in the first game," Mullen said. "There's a bunch of things that we have to clean up and improve on. But it's always great to do that after a win though."

MSU's defense surrendered only three points to the Tigers the entire afternoon and limited them to 90 total yards through the first three quarters. The Bulldogs also forced five turnovers.

"I was really pleased with the way our defense played," Mullen said. "I think Auburn only crossed the 50 (yard line) one time in the first three quarters and that was off of an offensive turnover and we were able to hold them to a field goal. I'm really pleased with the performance of our defense. We were able to play a bunch of different guys and they performed."

State's offense was not too shabby either. The Bulldogs amassed 388 yards including Tyler Russell's 20-of-29 passing performance for 222 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions while helped him earn SEC Player of the Week honors.



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