October 15, 2011

South Carolina preview

Mississippi State is in desperate need of its first SEC victory of the season.

The Bulldogs have limped to a 0-3 start in league play but have an opportunity to put one in the win column this morning taking on South Carolina at 11:21 a.m. at Davis Wade Stadium.

Today marks just the 14th ever meeting between the two programs with the Gamecocks holding a slight 7-6 edge in the series having won five straight. The two teams have split their six games in Starkville with South Carolina winning the last meeting at Davis Wade Stadium 15-0 in 2006.

The Gamecocks also claimed the last outing 38-21 in Columbia in 2007. MSU watched a second half lead disappear following a blocked punt as they surrendered 21 unanswered points in the final 15:08 of the game. It was the first and only start of Josh Riddell's career as a Bulldog quarterback.

State enters the game at 3-3 overall following a 21-3 comeback victory on the road at UAB last week. The Bulldogs fell behind 3-0 in the first half but Tyler Russell replaced Chris Relf at quarterback in the second half and sparked the comeback completing 11-of-13 passing for 166 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Mississippi State comes into today averaging 389.7 yards and 26 points per game on offense. The Bulldogs are gaining 201.3 yards through the air and adding another 188.3 on the ground.

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