Mississippi State Dan Mullen fields questions from the media following the Bulldogs’ 42-16 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night. Mullen is now 7-0 against Kentucky as a head coach and 11-0 against the Wildcats in his career.
“I’m really pleased. We wanted to play more of a complete game and tonight I think we accomplished that. Defense and special teams certainly had the best performance of the night. We keep developing and that’s really what you want to do. I think we have been playing much better than the start of the season and what you want is to get better as the season goes on. We have a bye week coming up right now and that gives us a chance to get some of our guys healthy and give some guys some rest so they can be ready to move forward to the second part of the season. This three-game stretch was huge for us. It gave us a chance to get back home and to get some big wins. There is still a lot of things we can improve on. We did miss two red zone opportunities and lost a chance on some drives because of dropped passes. When you miss red zone opportunities and aren’t able to score the field goal it is not good and we need to get better down there. We also had six penalties for 62 yards and that is not like us. That’s pretty disappointing for us, especially when one of them called back a touchdown, but we will take the win. It is a really good win for us and we can take this week and build off of it and improve.”
On the defense having a slow start
“The first drive of the game we stalled on them and gave up a third down conversion. You have to give Kentucky credit too because they had some really good plays and they have some great players. We just had a few missed tackles. I really think the problem on our defense is just missed tackles. We need to work on making those plays to start off the game the right way. That first miss on third down was a big one and we need to improve on that.”