September 26, 2011

Monday with Mullen

Mississippi State was reeling at 1-2 in 2010 when it welcomed Georgia to Scott Field, a team it had not beaten since 1974.

But MSU was able to claim a 24-12 victory in that contest which started the momentum for a six-game winning streak and becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2007. Now State is hoping for a similar feat traveling between the hedges this week.

"(Last year) was a hard fought battle and came down to the wire," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "I think winning that game catapulted us into having a great season. That's how important of a game it is for both sides and both schools coming into this. It's the only stadium I haven't been to in the SEC so I imagine it's going to be a very hostile environment to go play in. To come out on top we're going to have to execute at a very high level and play a great football game."

Georgia is also 2-2 on the year coming off a 27-13 win on the road at Ole Miss last week. Mark Richt's offense is averaging 438.5 yards and 37.2 points per game.

UGA features two young stars offensively in sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray and true freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell. Mullen feels their offense is more dynamic than a year ago.

"Georgia is a little more athletic," Mullen said. "They have a home run hitter in a tailback that can not only be physical, he can make you miss and turn on the jets and go. Then they have all kinds of other weapons. When you to start concentrating on the run game and get singled up, whether it's their receivers or tight ends, they have a lot of weapons to go to. You kind of have to pick your poison to stop them."

Georgia has also improved on the defensive side of the ball as well. UGA has the third ranked defense in the Southeastern Conference allowing just 270 yards to their opponents. They have only allowed 13 points in their two victories.



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