October 31, 2011

Monday with Mullen

At this point last fall Mississippi State had already qualified for a bowl game.

Right now the Bulldogs still have some work to do. MSU is 4-4 and needs to win two of its last four remaining games in order to reach the postseason.

"When we evaluated things during the bye week, we weren't far off," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "We are 4-4 now and last year we were 6-2. I can probably change two plays and we'd be 6-2 right now just as I could've changed two plays last year and been 4-4 this time last year. Obviously getting that win last week and getting back home, if we can get a win this week this is critical for us. It's homecoming and three of our last four games are at home is an opportunity to build momentum and keep it going, hopefully finish the season strong and get us to a great bowl game."

The Bulldogs were able to even their record this past weekend with a 28-16 win on the road at Kentucky. It was State's first Southeastern Conference victory of the season upping their league mark to 1-4.

Mullen believes the win has given his team an extra bit of confidence early on this week.

"It's great to win games and it's great for the confidence, attitude and emotions for our team," Mullen said. "It's easier to be critical of yourself coming off a win. It's human nature to be a lot more critical of yourself and how you can improve. We still have a lot of areas we can improve on. We were fortunate enough to make plays in that game. I don't know that we played better or worse than some other games this year but we just made some key plays at some key times that allowed us to get the win."

Mullen used both Tyler Russell and Chris Relf behind center in Saturday's win over Kentucky. The two combined for 15-of-21 passing for 264 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

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