September 14, 2011

Mullen talking Tigers

Mississippi State walked off the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium last week with their heads down in shock they had let a chance to knock off defending national champion Auburn slip through their fingers on the final play.

But the Bulldogs have not had time to dwell on that loss this week as they had to get ready for another SEC West showdown against No. 3 LSU on Thursday night.

"It's been a quick turnaround for us this week," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "We're ready to go to get out there on the field and get playing. We've played some Thursday night games in the past and I think our guys know how to prepare for this type of game. We're ready to go out there and play. We finally get to play our home opener and we're excited about that."

The 41-34 loss to Auburn last weekend was especially tough on senior quarterback Chris Relf, who was stopped an inch short of the goal line on the final play of the game.

"There are a lot of guys on our team, especially Chris, that are angry with that loss because the expectations around here have changed a little bit," Mullen said. "A couple of years ago we lost a tough, close game to a defending national champion team there was some disappointment. Now there's some guys that are angry because we should've won that football game. One game does not make your season, does not make your career, does not define who you are as a person. I'm really pleased with Chris' development and how he has changed as a person over the last few years. This is just another block in building the character in Chris Relf and the man that he's going to be in the future."

MSU has a chance to redeem themselves this week against a 2-0 LSU squad that is considered one of the top teams in the country this year. The Tigers knocked off Oregon 40-27 in week one and took down Northwestern State 49-3 last week.

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