September 25, 2010

Georgia Preview

Mississippi State hopes to return to its winning ways tonight and pick up their first conference win of the season after dropping two straight to Auburn and LSU.

But the Bulldogs task won't be an easy one taking on perennial Southeastern Conference power Georgia at 6 p.m. at Davis Wade Stadium.

Both teams enter with an identical 1-3 overall records having fallen in their first two league tests after blowout wins to begin the year.

Today's meeting will be just the 22nd game played between the SEC's Bulldogs. Georgia leads the overall series 16-5 and have a 4-1 record in games played in Starkville. The two teams have not faced on the gridiron since 2006 when future No. 1 NFL draft pick Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes to lift Georgia to a 27-24 victory between the hedges in Athens. Former Mississippi State quarterback Michael Henig was stripped of the ball at the UGA 23-yard line in the waning moments to seal the win for the homestanding Bulldogs.

MSU has not defeated Georgia since 1974 and their only home victory on Scott Field came in 1951. UGA has won the last nine games in the series.

State is coming off a 29-7 loss to LSU in their first road test of the season. Mississippi State threw five interceptions against the Tigers and have not found the end zone through the air since the season opener when their quarterbacks combined for five touchdown tosses.

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