Where: Davis Wade Stadium (55,082), Starkville
Kickoff: 2:35 p.m. Television: CSS
Radio: MSU Network, XM 198; Sirius 132
Rankings: Alcorn State not ranked; MSU not ranked
Record: Alcorn State 1-0; MSU 0-1
Series: MSU leads 1-0
Last Meeting: MSU won 49-16 Oct. 2, 2010 in Starkville. Chad Bumphis had nine catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns while Vick Ballard carries eight times for 119 yards and three scores.
Coaches – Alcorn State: Jay Hopson 5-7 (second season); MSU: Dan Mullen 29-23 (fifth season)
Statistical Leaders – Alcorn State: QB: John Gibbs 15-of-20 passing, 184 yards, 1 TD; RB Arnold Walker 16 carries, 75 yards, 3 TDs; WR Tavoris Doss 3 catches, 59 yards, 1 TD; MLB William Thomas II 7 tackles; DE Darien Moody 0.5 sack; Deion McNair 0.5 sack; FS Anthony Williams Jr. 1 INT; SLB Jestin Williams 1 INT; MSU: QB Tyler Russell 10-of-16 passing, 133 yards, 1 INT; RB LaDarius Perkins 16 carries, 50 yards; WR Jameon Lewis 5 catches, 55 yards; LB Deontae Skinner 10 tackles
Trends: Saturday marks the 99th season of football at Scott Field for MSU. MSU has won 14 of the last 20 home openers. MSU is 3-1 under Dan Mullen in home openers including last year’s 56-9 victory against Jackson State. MSU is averaging 39 points in home openers under Mullen with three victories coming by an average of 42 points. MSU is 3-0 all-time against teams from the SWAC.
Notes: MSU is 14-3 in non-conference games under Mullen. Jameon Lewis is five return yards shy of reaching 1,000 for his career. Gabe Jackson has made 40 consecutive starts. MSU has lost 29 straight games when trailing after the fourth quarter. MSU has not started the season 0-2 since 2006. Tyler Russell is just one touchdown pass shy of Derrick Taite’s career record of 38.
Summing it up: “We get to play a team like Alcorn State that is an instate team. It’s a game that’s a lot of fun for both schools. There’s a lot of familiarity there. You get to see these guys playing in high school at a lot of local towns throughout the state of Mississippi so it should be a really neat game.” – MSU coach Dan Mullen
Prediction: MSU 34-10