September 5, 2009

Bulldogs dominate in Mullen's debut

STARKVILLE, Miss.,- The Dan Mullen era started slow Saturday but finished with the result many expected.

The Mississippi State offense started slow but turned things around in the second half to rout instate opponent Jackson State 45-7 in front of 54,232, the third largest crowd at Davis Wade Stadium.

"I was really, really proud of our guys," Mullen said. "It is obviously an honor as a football coach to walk away with a win. I will forever be indebted to this team for giving me that great honor. They came out and played hard; they focused all week and did a heck of a job."

The Bulldogs (1-0) accumulated 359 yards on offense churning out 202 yards on the ground and another 157 through the air.

Sophomore quarterback Chris Relf came off the bench with 157 yards of total offense and four touchdowns. Relf led MSU with 12 carries for 82 yards and one touchdown and completed 7-of-10 passing for 75 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

"I was real nervous when I went out there but I had to be there for my team," Relf said. "I had to be a leader for my team so I just went out there and gave 100-percent. I knew I was going to play a lot but then Tyson (Lee) got hurt so I just had to be a leader."

Relf and Lee rotated each series of the first half but Lee injured his shoulder late in the first half and did not return.

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