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Fitzgerald leads No. 17 MSU back to Georgia

Posted about 2 hours ago in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's pipeline to Georgia is strong. MSU (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) has two assistant coaches -- defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and tight ends coach D.J. Looney -- and eight players with connections to Georgia. Those coaches and players will get a chance to renew those ties at 6 p.m. Saturday when No. 17 MSU takes on No. 11 Georgia (3-0) at Sanford Stadium. ESPN will broadcast the game live.

 

Christmann makes most of his opportunity vs. Tigers

Posted about 2 hours ago in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Tucker Day hype was more than just a creation of recruiting rankings and the musings of Mississippi State fans. Kicker Jace Christmann saw Day, a freshman from Brentwood, Tennessee, impress in his first collegiate practices. Day's performance left the rest of MSU's kickers with one choice.

 

 

Georgia-Mississippi State renew 'rivalry'

Posted about 2 hours ago in College Sports

ATHENS, Ga. -- They share a nickname and a league. The Mississippi State and the Georgia football teams share little else. There's just not a whole lot of history between MSU and Georgia.

 

 

Ole Miss' Brown out with sprained knee

Posted about 2 hours ago in College Sports

OXFORD -- Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, but he could be ready for the team's game against No. 1 Alabama on Sept. 30.

 

 

Cal gets defensive in second half to beat Ole Miss

Posted yesterday in College Sports

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The California football team has followed a consistent formula in getting off to a 3-0 start under first-year coach Justin Wilcox. The Golden Bears have managed to overcome shaky starts with dominant second halves with help from a vastly improved defense.

 

Rout helps MSU climb into national rankings

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jeffery Simmons proved the Mississippi State football team's defense's point with a tackle in the second quarter. On the first play after then-No. 12 LSU pummeled MSU with an eight-play, 65-yard touchdown drive in which it didn't attempt a pass, Marquiss Spencer took on an edge block and Simmons shed the LSU center, pursued across the formation and tackled running back Derrius Guice for a loss.

MSU punishes No. 12 LSU

Posted 9/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen wasn't going to hold any punches. The Mississippi State football coach entered his team's game against No. 12 LSU on Saturday night with one goal: run the football. To do that, Mullen was going to use everything in his playbook. It all worked.

 

Mixon benefits from MSU's ground assault

Posted 9/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team running for nearly 6 yards per carry Saturday night in a 37-7 victory against No. 12 LSU did plenty to set up its passing attack, but coach Dan Mullen was doing more, too. "What we're trying to do is get them back and forth," Mullen said, "get them into nickel and out of base defenses to create mismatches."

 

 

Hurts, No. 1 Alabama outlast Colorado State

Posted 9/17/2017 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jalen Hurts and the Alabama football team scored in a hurry, then did it again -- and again. No. 1 Alabama raced to a lead Saturday night, lost a chunk of it, then outlasted Colorado State 41-23 Saturday night. Hurts threw for 248 yards and two long touchdowns and rushed for 103 yards for the Tide (3-0) in his best all-around game of the season.

 

 

LSU offense sees changes under Canada

Posted 9/15/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Change was inevitable for the LSU football team when coach Ed Orgeron hired offensive coordinator Matt Canada. The extent of the changes was a mystery for an extended period, as Orgeron closed preseason practices to the media. Two games into the Canada era, the most important adjustments come before every snap.

 

 

Hill hopes to grow into bigger role in MSU's backfield

Posted 9/15/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kylin Hill knows his first career touchdown should have came a week earlier than it did. The former Columbus High School standout had holes to run through in his debut with the Mississippi State, as he averaged more than 11 yards on his first three carries.

 

 

Defense gets first shutout for No. 2 EMCC

Posted 9/15/2017 in College Sports

BOONEVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Duke Upshaw loves when his unit plays with passion.

 

 

Lions show they're able to score in many ways in latest rout

Posted 9/15/2017 in College Sports

BOONEVILLE -- The three national championship football teams at East Mississippi Community College had the knack for beating an opponent in a number of ways. On Thursday, No. 2 EMCC looked like one of those throwback teams in a 59-0 victory against Northeast Mississippi C.C. at Tiger Stadium.

 

 

Ole Miss needs to have better balance vs. Cal

Posted 9/15/2017 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team has proven it has one of the nation's top passing attacks. The problem for the Rebels they need to improve in just about every other aspect.

 

 

Local players help ICC upset No. 5 Northwest Mississippi C.C.

Posted 9/15/2017 in College Sports

FULTON -- The Itawamba Community College football team warmed up for archrival East Mississippi C.C. in style Thursday night. The Indians did so with plenty of help from some former local standouts.

 

 

Alabama defense mixes blue-collar, blue-chip players

Posted 9/15/2017 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Anthony Averett has gone from raw recruit to two-year starting cornerback for the No. 1 Alabama football team. Levi Wallace and Jamey Mosely can top that: They began their Crimson Tide careers as walk-ons.

 

 

Story's play gives MSU depth on offensive line

Posted 9/14/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's starting offensive line did nothing in its season opener against Charleston Southern to suggest changes would come. It wasn't until the first half of the second game against Louisiana Tech that the changes started, but it was unexpected.

 

 

Versatility, depth keys in MSU secondary's performance vs. run

Posted 9/13/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The classic dime package never was meant to be strong against the run. With six defensive backs on the field with four defensive linemen and a linebacker or three defensive linemen and two linebackers, the weakness lies in the box. The Mississippi State football team feels it has the players to neutralize that.

 

 

Pisacane brothers enjoyed year as walk-ons at MSU

Posted 9/13/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tristan and Peyton Pisacane shared the dream of playing college football. Doing so together seemed almost impossible since Peyton had aspirations to attend the United States Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, New York.

 

 

Ole Miss' NCAA infractions hearing ends

Posted 9/13/2017 in College Sports

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Ole Miss' hearing with the NCAA's infractions committee has ended after two days of meetings.

 

 

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