When the East Mississippi Community College football team played its first home game Sept. 1 at new Sullivan-Windham Field, the Lions kicked off what many thought would be a good season. Three weeks later, EMCC is home. This time, the compass is pointed toward the prospects of a great season.
STARKVILLE -- The book on how to attack Mississippi State's in the passing game is to target the linebackers. Offensive coaches across America are trying to duplicate what Auburn University offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn did to rack up 381 total yards in a 41-34 victory on Sept. 10. Three games into his first season as linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator at MSU, Geoff Collins is being reminded what it's like to tutor a young group on how to play against the nation's top offenses.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State redshirt freshman tailback Nick Griffin could get see his first action Saturday. MSU coach Dan Mullen confirmed Monday afternoon in his weekly press conference that the redshirt freshman has been medically cleared to play and will be active for the team's game at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU) against Louisiana Tech (1-2).
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi Athletic Director Pete Boone said Monday "everyone who loves Ole Miss is clearly frustrated" about the progress of the football program. Coach Houston Nutt said the blame starts with him.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Bobby Petrino's sideline theatrics were a good barometer of how he felt Saturday night. The University of Arkansas coach took out his frustration in numerous ways during the first half -- primarily on his headset (thrown to the ground), paper cup (also thrown in disgust) and Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson. And that was with No. 14 Arkansas up 24-0 in an eventual 38-28 win against Troy.
STARKVILLE -- After the Mississippi State football team fell inches shy of getting a chance to beat the defending national champions in the second week of the 2011 season, head coach Dan Mullen admitted he received a lot of "hate mail" from fans.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Houston Nutt put his arms on his hips, crossed them, and went back and forth. While assistant coaches yelled at players, the University of Mississippi coach had a frown on his face.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy each had two long touchdown runs and career rushing highs Saturday night to lead the No. 2 University of Alabama football team to a 41-0 victory against North Texas.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior right guard Tobias Smith will miss the remainder of the 2011 football season after injuring his left knee Thursday night in a 19-6 loss to No. 3 LSU at Davis Wade Stadium.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt coach James Franklin preaches on 6 seconds. He wants his Commodores thinking ahead only for the 6 seconds it takes from the snap of the ball to the whistle. No more, no less. With the Commodores 2-0 and hosting Mississippi in both teams' Southeastern Conference opener today, that is a little tougher for those around long enough to know to enjoy being undefeated. Another win would top the 2-10 marks of each of the past two seasons and match the 3-0 start of 2008 when they went 7-6.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's Josh Chapman insists it's easy to get up for opponents like North Texas, who presumably can't match the second-ranked Crimson Tide's size, depth or speed. He even scoffs at the notion that 'Bama (2-0) might be a little distracted going into tonight's game by that upcoming SEC Western Division showdown with No. 14 Arkansas.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's home opener and likely its Southeastern Conference Western Division title hopes were spoiled Thursday night after another deflating loss to LSU. On a night where points were at a premium, No. 3 LSU physically took away everything No. 25 MSU wanted to accomplish in a 19-6 victory before a crowd of 56,924 at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson entered Thursday night with a mission to make LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee win the football game. The Tigers' senior quarterback did just that in a 19-6 victory, connecting on 21 of 27 passes for 213 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown that sealed the win.
STARKVILLE -- For the final 10 minutes Thursday, Mississippi State starting quarterback Chris Relf stood on the sidelines with headphones on watching his backup finish the job. MSU coach Dan Mullen went to sophomore quarterback Tyler Russell with 10 minutes, 8 seconds left in the contest and his team trailing 16-6 hoping for what he called "an offensive spark."
SENATOBIA -- Close games continue to be the norm for the East Mississippi Community College football team. This time, No. 8 EMCC used a missed field goal return for a touchdown and an interception return for another score to outlast No. 4 Northwest Mississippi C.C. 45-42 at Bobby Franklin Field in the MACJC North Division opener for both schools.
STARKVILLE -- The players come and go, but the constant on defense for the LSU football team is John Chavis. Despite philosophical changes on offense that have led to spread schemes and teams running more plays and scoring more points, LSU's defensive coordinator has relied on the same approach for more than 20 years in the Southeastern Conference.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football coached divided scouting reports of Southeastern Conference teams in the spring and summer. Days before the start of the 2011 season, the offensive report for LSU was in the trash can.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time this season, Mississippi State football fans will be allowed to bring cowbells into Davis Wade Stadium and to use them when No. 25 MSU plays host to No. 3 LSU at 7 p.m. Thursday (ESPN).
The nation's lone junior college football matchup of top 10 teams this week will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Senatobia when fourth-ranked Northwest Mississippi Community College plays host to eighth-ranked East Mississippi C.C. at Bobby Franklin Field. WLSM-FM (107.1) will broadcast the game. which is the division opener for both teams.
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