By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – The Bulldogs will have no time to lick their wounds following their 24-20 loss to Auburn.
Mississippi State has a tough test on the horizon with Troy coming to town on Saturday.
Head coach Dan Mullen found out all too well what a formidable opponent the Trojans were a year ago, escaping with a 30-24 win on the road. Troy rolled up 572 yards in the game with quarterback Corey Robinson throwing for 343 yards and two interceptions.
“We gave up an enormous amount of yards to them last year,” Mullen said. “But the positive to that is our guys will come into the game knowing what to expect from that type of team even though not many of them played a lot of reps in that game.”
Troy (2-1), which visits Ole Miss on Nov. 16, is averaging 547.3 yards offense and scoring 44.7 points per game.
The Trojans have an overtime win against UAB, a 66-3 victory over Savannah State and a 41-34 loss at Arkansas. In Week 1 against the Blazers, Robinson set an NCAA record by completing 93.8 percent of his passes – 30 of 32 for 319 yards and a touchdown.
For the year, Robinson is completing 75.5 percent of his throws for 870 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions.
“He’s an extremely accurate passer,” Mullen said. “He’s got a very quick release and being college football’s all-time leading (active)passer right now, he knows their system.
“The hard part is when you want to get pressure on him he gets rid of it quick and knows exactly where he’s going with the ball. If you spread them out all over the place then they are going to run the ball and were able to do that to us last year when we tried to start defending the pass. He makes very good decisions in that way between the run and pass.”