September 23, 2009

Mullen talking Tigers

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is coming off his first Southeastern Conference win over Vanderbilt last week.

On Saturday he will face his first ranked opponent in No. 7 LSU for his first SEC home game to Davis Wade Stadium.

"Our team is excited obviously anytime you get the opportunity to play a Top 10 ranked team nationally," Mullen said. "Your players are going to be fired up and ready to give it their best shot especially since we've got them at home. They are coming into our stadium and we should have a great atmosphere on Saturday."

The Tigers will come to Starkville with an offense averaging 28.3 points per game and 325.7 total yards (163.7 rushing, 162.0 passing). Quarterback Jordan Jefferson paces the LSU offense as he's connected on 47-of-73 passes for 475 yards, 5 TDs and just one interception. Charles Scott has rushed for 164 yards, while Keiland Williams has 164 yards and a pair of TDs to his credit. The Tigers' top receivers are Brandon LaFell (14 rec., 129 yards, 3 TDs) and Terrance Toliver (13 rec., 206 yards, 2 TDs).

"When you look at their run game they do a nice job," Mullen said. "They have a really good mix of running power football, getting in two tight end sets with fullbacks in the game and power football it away at you. They mix that in with their spread running game. I think Gary (Crowton) has a real good grip on option football and when you throw that third component in there it makes it pretty difficult to defend not to mention they have one of the top offensive lines in the Southeastern Conference, a bunch of big, experienced running backs."

LSU goes into Saturday having gone six straight quarters without allowing a touchdown. The last TD scored against the Tigers came in the second quarter against Vanderbilt. Since then, the Tiger defense has yielded only a field goal. Through three games, LSU is allowing 11.7 points and 320 yards.

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