Postgame interview: Dan Mullen

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen discusses the Bulldogs’ 38-27 home loss to Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.

Opening Statement

“Obviously I’m fairly disappointed in this game. We made some mistakes out there. Turnovers, minus-two turnover ratio, and you aren’t going to win many games like that. I thought we had some opportunities to create some turnovers, but we missed two interceptions. There was a fumble that went through our hands. They picked it up and ran and scored the next play. Those turnovers led to 14 points. That was a huge difference in the game. We are one of the least penalized teams in the league. Tonight we ended up with five times more penalty yards than they had. I’m proud of our guys’ effort. They played hard for four quarters and that is always something we stress with our guys.”

On what was said to get on the sidelines to get momentum up

“I just told the guys to relax. We were making mistakes, and we needed to get the team relaxed. We just talked about staying relaxed and staying the course, we would be alright.”

On the issues for the offensive line making stops

“They were beating us; we had a bunch of injuries that really affected us. We have a lot of guys banged up, and we had to shuffle a bunch of guys around and improvise. They were winning in one-on-one matchups.”

On Dak Prescott and the senior class

“Dak has accomplished so many amazing things for this program. He has been very unique. This has been an awesome program and leading up to Senior Day, you always think about it but it doesn’t hit you until they run that video of what that class has truly accomplished. I believe this has been the winningest class since 1942, and that is a huge accomplishment.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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