October 7, 2011

Callaway talking Mississippi State

Mississippi State received quite a battle out of UAB last year in Starkville.

The Bulldogs were able to claim a narrow 29-24 victory in the contest sandwiched between conference win over Florida and Kentucky as part of a six-game winning streak in 2010. But such a close game gives UAB head coach Neil Callaway and his Blazers plenty of confidence heading into Saturday's meeting at Legion Field.

"It'll be a tough matchup don't get me wrong," Callaway said. "They are a physical group offensively and defensively. But we went over there last year and played them pretty good. Even though we are a different team and they are a different team I think there will be a lot of carry over. They haven't changed a whole lot and we haven't changed a whole lot."

The Blazers are in desperate need of a win having begun the year with a 0-4 start. UAB suffered a heartbreaking 24-23 loss on the road at Troy last week and will be playing just its second home game of the season.

The two teams have only met four previous times on the gridiron with the Bulldogs holding a 3-1 edge in the series.

"We're getting ready to play Mississippi State, a very typical Southeastern Conference football team," Callaway said. "They are very physical on both sides of the ball. I've been playing against or coaching against Mississippi State for a long time now. They are a very typical of physical football team in all phases of the game - offensively, defensively and in the kicking game."

During the 2010 contest MSU quarterback Chris Relf completed 8-of-19 passing for 107 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Relf also carried four times for 30 yards and Callaway again feels he will be an important cog in the Bulldogs offense.

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