STARKVILLE -- Nick Fitzgerald watched Saturday as Damian Williams nearly led the Mississippi State football team to a fourth-quarter comeback against then-No. 20 LSU. The sophomore starting quarterback lost his helmet before a crucial fourth-down play midway through the fourth quarter. Williams came in and led the Bulldogs to a touchdown. After an onside kick, Williams led another touchdown drive to cut the deficit to a field goal, but MSU lost 23-20.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will step outside of the Southeastern Conference for a game against Massachusetts (1-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL's New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
FULTON -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Mario Lanier didn't look the least bit winded. He was in the minority. "I could play four more quarters," said Lanier, a former standout at Aliceville High School. "That was fun. Let's keep the lights on and keep going."
STARKVILLE -- As Dez Harris forced two fumbles against LSU on Saturday, the Mississippi State linebacker thought about his mother. Overcoming three knee injuries wasn't easy for the junior. If he gave up the game and decided to focus on other things, nobody would blame him. But that's not Harris. He's a fighter. Even so, the recovery process wasn't easy. He had a great support system behind him, including his mother, Delaina.
David McFatrich is all about creating new habits. In his first year as Mississippi State volleyball coach, McFatrich guided the Bulldogs to a 17-15 finish and their first winning record since 2006. MSU capped its 2015 season with a victory against Ole Miss that gave the program its first back-to-back victories against the Rebels since 2009. The win heightened optimism that 2016 could be MSU's year to take the next step, to entertain thoughts of moving into the upper echelon of the Southeastern Conference, and to compete for its first bid to the NCAA tournament.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team has proven it can build big first-half leads against some of the best college football teams in the country. The 23rd-ranked Rebels have also shown they can lose those same leads in a hurry. Ole Miss blew a 22-point lead against Florida State on Sept. 5 and a 21-point lead against Alabama last weekend in two demoralizing losses that have put a serious dent in the program's lofty preseason aspirations. Now, coach Hugh Freeze is left trying to figure out what's going wrong.
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STARKVILLE -- When Lashard Durr saw two senior cornerbacks go down, he had to grow up fast.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen will be in familiar territory Friday when he steps off the plane in Providence, Rhode Island. The Mississippi State football coach was raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, and played tight end at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. A huge New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan, Mullen will take his team to his old stomping grounds this weekend when MSU (1-2) plays Massachusetts (1-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze knows how close his team is to becoming one of the best in the nation. Despite a 1-2 record, the Rebels have been competitive against one of the nation's best schedules. In losses to top-five programs Florida State and Alabama, Ole Miss squandered 21-point leads in both games. No. 23 Ole Miss (0-1 Southeastern Conference) will try again to play a complete game at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPN) when it plays host to Southeastern Conference rival and No. 12 Georgia (3-0, 1-0) at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban couldn't find much fault in the Crimson Tide's physical effort, heart, and fight. The missed blocks, costly busted coverage and onside kick allowed are entirely different matters. Top-ranked Alabama survived those miscues and a scoop-and-score fumble in a come-from-way-behind 48-43 victory Saturday against then-No. 19 Ole Miss. It wasn't always pretty.
OXFORD -- After a touchdown-filled, humidity-drenched Southeastern Conference showdown, the No. 1 Alabama football team and coach Nick Saban are still undefeated. Just barely.
Young. That is how Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen described his team Saturday night after a 23-20 loss to then-No. 20 LSU at Tiger Stadium.
OXFORD -- Things were looking really good for the then-No. 19 Ole Miss football team on Saturday in its SEC West showdown against No. 1 Alabama. Junior defensive end Marquise Haynes had just sacked freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts near midfield and forced a fumble. Rebel senior defensive end John Youngblood scooped up the loose ball and scampered 44 yards for a seemingly comfortable 24-3 lead with 2 minutes, 47 seconds left in the first half.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- After struggling in the first half and not taking advantage of opportunities in the third quarter, the Mississippi State football offense finally came alive.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Westin Graves showed his versatility Saturday night.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Getting off the field on third down in the first half was a problem for the Mississippi State football defense.
OXFORD -- Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn't know how many of these roller coaster rides he can take.
1. Mullen balances calling plays, running team COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Shorter hopes Noxubee County can follow 2015 path HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus awaits region showdown vs. No. 3 Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Offensive line has fueled Starkville High's success HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Plenty of big region matchups set for Friday LOCAL COLUMNS