STARKVILLE – Mississippi State is reeling after surrendering 31 unanswered points to LSU in a 59-26 loss last weekend.
But the Bulldogs have an opportunity to bounce back into the win column tonight, hosting Bowling Green for homecoming at 6:30 p.m. on SportSouth.
However, a victory over the 5-1 Falcons will not come easy. Bowling Green has won four of the 10 games it has played against teams that currently comprise the Southeastern Conference.
Bowling Green“has won pretty convincingly over some good football teams,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen. “They know how to play in SEC stadiums. They played Florida pretty close last year so their guys are used to doing that. It will be a difficult task.”
Mullen should know. He spent the 2001-02 seasons serving as quarterbacks coach under Urban Meyer at Bowling Green, going 5-0 against BCS opponents. He coached alongside John Hevesy and Billy Gonzales on that staff both of whom are assistants on his staff now in Starkville.
Bowling Green is also where Mullen was introduced to his wife Megan.
“I think that helped a lot of people get to where they are today,” Mullen said.
The Bulldogs enter the weekend at 2-3 averaging 464.6 yards and 32.4 points per game.
State will again utilize multiple quarterbacks in the contest. Last weekend Dak Prescott and Tyler Russell combined for 348 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. Prescott led the team with 103 yards and a score on the ground while Russell threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
“I think both of them have proved what they can do on the field and are both deserving of playing,” Mullen said. “A lot of it comes from how they perform at practice and depending on the plan what the rotation will be during the game. I see them both playing every game the rest of the way as long as everybody is healthy.”
The Falcons, winners of three straight, are putting up 480.8 yards of offense and 32 points an outing.
“Offensively they are very balanced,” Mullen said. “They have a quarterback who can make a lot of plays with his arm. He can throw the ball all over the place and keeps plays alive. They have a talented running back and a lot of big receivers that we didn’t see last week.
“They have tall guys to create mismatch advantages.”