September 26, 2010
Third time is the charm for State
The third time was the charm for Mississippi State as they finally notched their first SEC win of the season with a 24-12 win over Georgia on Saturday.
The Bulldogs came out of their tough four game start even at 2-2 and head coach Dan Mullen is happy with the way his team persevered and came out victorious over the weekend.
"After watching film I am really excited for our team," Mullen said. "We are making more plays than we did before. I think the offense, defense and kicking game is playing with more confidence and for a young team that's really important. We need to continue to build on that."
The defining drive of the game came in the fourth quarter with MSU pinned at their own 7-yard line holding onto a slim 10-6 lead with just over 10 minutes to play. The Bulldogs marched 93-yards in 10 plays to score on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Chris Relf to Arceto Clark.
"That was a huge drive for us," Mullen said. "We were in a 10-6 game and have the ball on your own 7-yard line with 10 minutes left in the game. I walked in the huddle and told those guys that this is a drive that can define you. We talk about needing to make plays. This is your opportunity in this drive to go win the football game. The offense needs to go win this football game right now and I couldn't be happier with the way they responded. It was probably the best drive since I've been the head coach here."
Saturday night was the first game Relf has completed from start to finish in his college career. He ended the evening with 232 yards of offense and a touchdown. Relf completed 8-of-13 passing for 135 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions while adding 97 yards rushing on 21 attempts.
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