September 19, 2012

Mullen talking South Alabama

Mississippi State has won 13 straight non-conference games dating back to 2009 and have only lost twice to foes outside the SEC under Dan Mullen's watch.

This week the Bulldogs will have an opportunity to move into inch closer to the school's all-time consecutive non-conference wins total of 18 that was set from 1941-47 with a home contest against first year FBS member South Alabama.

"South Alabama will spread the field and try to create mismatches with their offense out in the open field," Mullen said. "To me, they're a very sound, well-coached defense. They run to the ball, they play very hard and it should be a fun game here in Starkville on Saturday.

The Jaguars began playing football the same year Mullen arrived in Starkville and are 23-4 during that four-year span. So far this season South Alabama is 1-2 win a 9-3 win over Nicholls State and a 33-31 loss to Texas-San Antonio and a 31-7 loss to North Carolina State in their first road trip last week.

"They've done a good job building a program," Mullen said. "When you watch them, to me is, they go out, they're very sound in all three phases of the game. Their kids play hard, and that to me shows me they really believe in what their program's all about. That to me shows that a lot of their guys have come in from the beginning and bought into what that program is, and they believe in what they're doing."

Last week MSU struggled with another Sun Belt Conference school in Troy. The Bulldogs surrendered 572 yards of offense and 30 first downs to the Trojans. Troy was able to throw for 349 yards and gained another 223 yards on the ground.

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