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Prescott gets Heisman votes

Prescott gets Heisman votes

Posted on 14 December 2014 by Allen

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After putting together the most prolific season by a quarterback in Mississippi State football history, Dak Prescott finished higher in the Heisman Trophy vote than any MSU player ever by taking eighth Saturday night.

Prescott received 42 points, becoming just the second MSU player to earn votes in the 80 years of the Heisman Trophy. Tom “Shorty” McWilliams, who was enshrined into MSU football’s Ring of Honor earlier this season, finished 10th in the balloting in 1944.

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota won the trophy Saturday night with 2,543 points.

There were 929 votes cast in 2014 featuring media, previous Heisman winners and one fan vote. Voters were given three blank spaces to file their first, second and third choices. First choice was awarded three points on each ballot.

Prescott, a junior, shattered 10 individual MSU single-season records in 2014: total offense (3,935), total offense per game (327.9), touchdowns responsible for (37), completion percentage (.612), passing yards (2,996), passing yards per game (249.7), 200-yard passing games (11), passing touchdowns (24), passing efficiency (151.3) and rushing yards by a quarterback (939).

The leader of the seventh-ranked Bulldogs, Prescott captivated the nation, gracing national magazine covers and taking MSU from unranked to No. 1 faster than any team in college football history. He spearheaded the Bulldogs to 10 regular-season wins for the first time in school history and the program’s first berth in the Orange Bowl since 1941.

Prescott was one of just two players in the last seven seasons to average over 240 passing yards and 75 rushing yards per game, joining Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel who did it in 2012. The Haughton, La., native was the only player in the nation to rank in the top 20 in both passing and rushing touchdowns. He led the nation in third-down touchdowns responsible for (17) and third-down touchdown passes (10).

Prescott and the Bulldogs square off against No. 12 Georgia Tech in the 2014 Capital One Orange Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 7:10 p.m. CT live on ESPN from Sun Life Stadium.

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Five Bulldogs named All SEC

Five Bulldogs named All SEC

Posted on 10 December 2014 by Allen

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Five Mississippi State football players were named All-Southeastern Conference in a vote by the league’s 14 coaches, the conference announced Tuesday. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

For the first time since 1994, three Bulldogs earned a spot on the coaches’ first team. Junior quarterback Dak Prescott was placed on the first-team squad on offense, while junior linebacker Benardrick McKinney and senior defensive lineman Preston Smith represented MSU on the first-team defense. Junior running back Josh Robinson and senior offensive lineman Ben Beckwith earned second-team honors.

Prescott, a national player of the year finalist, landed on the first team after tallying 3,935 yards of total offense in leading State to its first 10-win regular season in school history. The 2014 Conerly Trophy winner broke 10 single-season school records, finishing November ranked fifth in the FBS in points responsible for (228) and sixth in total offense per game (327.9). Prescott is the fifth signal caller in school history to be named All-SEC, joining Don Smith (1986), Dave Marler (1978), Rockey Felker (1974) and Tommy Pharr (1968).

McKinney and Smith made the first team after leading their defense to a top-10 FBS ranking in scoring defense, allowing opponents to score just a nation-low 60 percent of the time in the red zone. Smith ranked fourth in the conference in tackles for loss (14.5) and fifth in sacks (9.0), becoming the first defensive lineman at State to earn first-team honors since Pernell McPhee in 2010. McKinney led the team with 61 tackles, including 8.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks, marking the first time since 2006 (Quinton Culberson) a Bulldog linebacker made the coaches’ first team.

Robinson earned a nod on the second team after finishing third in the league in rushing yards (1,128) and fifth in all-purpose yards (1,498). The human bowling ball ran behind a fellow second teamer in Beckwith, who anchored an offensive line which led State to top-20 marks nationally in total offense (9th, SEC-best 506.2 yards per game), scoring offense (14th, 37.2 points per game) and rushing offense (18th, 239.8 yards per game).

The quintet of State players returns to action Wednesday, Dec. 31, as the No. 7 Bulldogs battle No. 12 Georgia Tech in the Capital One Orange Bowl. The 8 p.m. ET. kickoff at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., will be televised live on ESPN.

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Dan Mullen Named AFCA Region 2 Coach of the Year

Dan Mullen Named AFCA Region 2 Coach of the Year

Posted on 08 December 2014 by Allen

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After guiding Mississippi State to the first 10-win regular season in program history and a berth in the Orange Bowl, head coach Dan Mullen has been named American Football Coaches Association’s 2014 Region 2 Coach of the Year, the organization announced Monday.

Mullen has guided the Bulldogs to unprecedented success in his six seasons at the helm and a school-record five consecutive bowl appearances. MSU captivated the nation in 2014, going from unranked to No. 1 quicker than any team in college football history. The Bulldogs earned their highest national ranking ever and spent five straight weeks at the top spot following three consecutive wins over top-10 teams, a first in college football since 1983.

MSU shattered 22 statistical records this season, while Mullen developed quarterback Dak Prescott into a National Player of the Year candidate. Prescott became the first player in school history to be named a finalist for the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Awards.

Mullen spearheaded MSU to its first Orange Bowl appearance since 1941 following a 10-2 regular season and the program’s first six-win Southeastern Conference campaign since 1999. The Bulldogs have been ranked in the top 10 for a school-record nine consecutive weeks dating back to Oct. 5.

The AFCA recognizes five regional Coach of the Year winners in each of the Association’s five divisions: Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA. The winners are selected by active members of the Association who vote for coaches in their respective regions and divisions. The AFCA began recognizing district coaches of the year following the 1960 season.

The 2014 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2015 AFCA Convention in Louisville, Ky. The dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 13.

2014 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Winners

Football Bowl Subdivision

Region 1: David Cutcliffe, Duke University

Region 2: Dan Mullen, Mississippi State University

Region 3: Jerry Kill, University of Minnesota*

Region 4: Gary Patterson, TCU

Region 5: Jim McElwain, Colorado State University

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Prescott named as finalist for Manning Award

Prescott named as finalist for Manning Award

Posted on 03 December 2014 by Allen

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One day after being named Mississippi’s best college football player, Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott was named one of 11 finalists for the 11th annual Manning Award, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced Wednesday. The award, given to the best quarterback in college football, is the only quarterback award that takes the candidate’s bowl performances into consideration in its balloting.

The 2014 Conerly Trophy winner was named a finalist after concluding the regular season with 228 points responsible for (5th in FBS) and 327.9 yards of total offense per game (6th). Also a finalist for the Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Prescott and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel are the only FBS players in the last seven years to average 240-plus passing yards and 75-plus rushing yards per game.

Prescott has shattered 10 single-season MSU records in addition to leading the Maroon and White to 13 more team single-season marks. The Haughton, La. Native has steered State to its first 10-win regular season in the history of the program, as well as its first No. 1 ranking. Thanks in large part due to Prescott, MSU has been top-10 nationally in the rankings a program-best nine-consecutive weeks.

The Manning Award winner will be announced Jan. 14 following the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game. Prescott is the only five-time Manning Award National Quarterback of the Week this season.

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Miss State loses Egg Bowl and shot at the College Football Playoffs

Miss State loses Egg Bowl and shot at the College Football Playoffs

Posted on 30 November 2014 by Allen

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Mississippi State (10-2, 6-2 SEC) fell to Ole Miss (9-3, 5-3) 31-17 on the road Saturday, dropping the Egg Bowl for only the second time in Dan Mullen’s six years and finishing second in the SEC West.

“It’s obviously a devastating loss,” Mullen said, as MSU’s playoff hopes were dashed. “There’s plenty of blame to go around.”

Of note to Mullen, the Bulldog defense gave up 532 yards to UM, including 327 passing yards, an average of 23.4 yards per completion.

Offensively, MSU struggled to get going in the first half and found rhythm too late in the second half, ultimately totaling 445 yards, despite only scoring 17.

“I felt bad for the seniors,” junior quarterback Dak Prescott said. “I feel like I let them down and we all let each other down.”

Said senior defensive tackle Kaleb Eulls, “it was pretty hard.”

Despite the loss, MSU did have bright spots on offense as sophomore receivers De’Runnya Wilson and Fred Ross both topped 100 yards. Wilson caught eight passes for 117 yards and a score, while Ross chipped in 103 yards on six catches.

Fellow sophomore Ashton Shumpert had a breakout performance as the running back averaged 6.8 yards per carry as he got the ball often down the stretch, gaining 68 yards on 10 carries.

Prescott quietly completed 22-of-37 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 48 yards and a score, accounting for 330 total yards in the contest.
MSU will now await to hear where it will go for its bowl game, which extend its already school-record streak to five consecutive years of advancing to the postseason.

“It was a great season,” Eulls said. “Great run.”

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Prescott and Beckwith Named Finalists For National Awards

Prescott and Beckwith Named Finalists For National Awards

Posted on 25 November 2014 by Allen

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Mississippi State junior quarterback Dak Prescott was named a finalist for the 78th Maxwell Award as well as the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, ESPNU revealed Tuesday night during its Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special. The winner of both awards will be announced live in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.

Prescott is the first player in school history to be named a finalist for each award, and only the third Bulldog to be named a finalist for an award sponsored by the National College Football Awards Association (Fred Smoot, Jim Thorpe Award, 2000; Johnthan Banks, Jim Thorpe Award winner, 2012).

Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski announced Prescott’s inclusion as a Maxwell Award finalist, making the Haughton, La., native the only Bulldog ever to be named a finalist for a national collegiate player of the year award. Should Prescott win, he will attend a formal award presentation on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Tropicana Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon were the other two finalists.

The Davey O’Brien Foundation named Prescott a finalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback. Along with other finalists Trevone Boykin of TCU and Mariota of Oregon, Prescott will attend the 38th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner to be held Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bulldog fans are invited to vote Prescott for the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award once daily at VoteOBrien.org. The fan vote, which MSU’s quarterback won in the semifinalist round, counts as five percent during each round of the voting process, and is combined with the results from the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners.

Leading his team to the first 10-win regular season in school history (10-1), Prescott is the only FBS player in 2014 to rank in the top 20 in both passing touchdowns (23) and rushing touchdowns (12). He is also the only player in the country with at least 2,700 passing yards and 750 rushing yards. Prescott ranks in the top 10 nationally in points responsible for (5th, 216), total offense per game (6th, 327.7) and yards per pass attempt (10th, 8.81).

In addition to Prescott’s accolades, senior offensive lineman Ben Beckwith was selected as a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy. Beckwith, the only three-time Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week this year, is the first MSU player to be named a finalist for the trophy, given annually to the best player in college football who began his career as a walk-on.

A midseason Phil Steele All-American, Beckwith is a key reason why the Bulldogs rank in the top 15 in the FBS in fewest tackles for loss allowed. The offensive lineman will attend the Burlsworth Trophy Ceremony on Dec. 8 in Springdale, Ark. East Carolina’s Justin Hardy and Iowa’s Mark Weisman were also named finalists.

Prescott and Beckwith return to action Saturday, Nov. 29, as the No. 4 Bulldogs travel to No. 18 Ole Miss for the annual Egg Bowl. The 2:30 p.m. C.T. kickoff will be televised live on CBS.

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Mississippi State remain #4 in Polls

Mississippi State remain #4 in Polls

Posted on 24 November 2014 by Allen

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Following a dominant 51-0 shutout of Vanderbilt Saturday night, Mississippi State remained the nation’s No. 4 ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches polls that were released Sunday.

The Bulldogs recorded the first 10-win regular season in school history and stand at 6-1 in the Southeastern Conference. MSU’s 51-point margin of victory was its largest over an SEC foe since blanking Sewanee 68-0 on Oct. 31, 1936. It’s the first time since 1998 that the Bulldogs have recorded multiple shutouts in a season.

MSU is ranked in the top four for the eighth consecutive week and ranked overall for 10 straight weeks dating back to the Sept. 21 polls.

The weekly College Football Playoff rankings will be announced at 6 p.m. CT Tuesday live on ESPN.

The Bulldogs travel to rival No. 18/19 Ole Miss for the annual Egg Bowl at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday live on CBS. MSU is the only top-10 team this week that will face a ranked team on the road.

Associated Press Top 25
Rank. Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points
1. Florida State (37), 11-0, 1458
2. Alabama (21), 10-1, 1445
3. Oregon (2), 10-1, 1393
4. Mississippi State, 10-1, 1301
5. Baylor, 9-1, 1234
6. TCU, 9-1, 1233
7. Ohio State, 10-1, 1163
8. Georgia, 9-2, 1002
9. UCLA, 9-2, 998
10. Michigan State, 9-2, 971
11. Kansas State, 8-2, 898
12. Arizona, 9-2, 807
13. Arizona State, 9-2, 790
14. Wisconsin, 9-2, 764
15. Auburn, 8-3, 597
16. Georgia Tech, 9-2, 581
17. Missouri, 9-2, 525
18. Ole Miss, 8-3, 398
19. Marshall, 11-0, 384
20. Oklahoma, 8-3, 363
21. Colorado State, 10-1, 346
22. Minnesota, 8-3, 232
23. Clemson, 8-3, 198
24. Louisville, 8-3, 191
25. Boise State, 9-2, 96

USA Today Coaches Poll
Rank. Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points
1. Alabama (25), 10-1, 1474
2. Florida State (30), 11-0, 1462
3. Oregon (6), 10-1, 1431
4. Mississippi State, 10-1, 1323
5. TCU, 9-1, 1259
6. Baylor, 9-1, 1242
7. Ohio State, 10-1, 1191
8. Michigan State, 9-2, 1052
9. Georgia, 9-2, 1002
10. UCLA, 9-2, 963
11. Kansas State, 8-2, 912
12. Arizona, 9-2, 818
13. Arizona State, 9-2, 783
14. Wisconsin, 9-2, 758
15. Georgia Tech, 9-2, 615
16. Auburn, 8-3, 565
17. Missouri, 9-2, 560
18. Oklahoma, 8-3, 420
19. Ole Miss, 8-3, 390
20. Marshall, 11-0, 383
21. Colorado State, 10-1, 304
22. Minnesota, 8-3, 256
23. Louisville, 8-3, 208
24. Clemson, 8-3, 203
25. Boise State, 9-2, 85

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Bulldogs shut out Dores 51-0

Bulldogs shut out Dores 51-0

Posted on 23 November 2014 by Allen

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Mississippi State (10-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) cruised past Vanderbilt (3-8, 0-7) 51-0 on Senior Night in Davis Wade Stadium Saturday.

“I’m so happy for our seniors to get sent out with a big win like we had here tonight,” head coach Dan Mullen said.

The big win came in response to MSU’s first loss of the season as the Bulldogs answered with their biggest conference win since beating Ole Miss by 65 in 1915. It was the first conference shutout since 1999 against South Carolina.

Mullen said he was curious how his team would react after last week’s loss and falling from the top spot.

“I couldn’t be happier with how our guys responded,” Mullen said. “We have an awful lot still to play for.”

The Bulldogs out-gained the Commodores 502-228 offensively, holding Vandy to 27 yards on the ground as State racked up four tackles for loss and forced three turnovers.

Senior offensive lineman Ben Beckwith summed it up well.

“We pretty much dominated all night up front,” he said.

Junior quarterback Dak Prescott finished the game 16-of-21 passing for 193 yards and three touchdowns, also rushing for 30 yards and a score. Joe Morrow set careers highs for receptions (5), yards (79) and touchdowns (2) in the contest.

Senior linebacker Christian Holmes was the star on defense, highlighted by his 50-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

“The strip-six was a huge play and really kinda broke the game open,” Mullen said.

MSU plays Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl at 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS next Saturday in Oxford to end the 2014 regular season.

“This is always the biggest game of the year for us,” Mullen said. “It’s all about this week, it’s all about this game.”

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Mullen suspends Cox after arrest

Mullen suspends Cox after arrest

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Allen

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Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has suspended Justin Cox after he was arrested on charges of aggravated domestic violence and burglary this morning. The safety was released on a $20,000 bond a few hours later.

Cox has played in nine games with eight starts at safety this season as a Senior for the Bulldogs..

Here is the statement from the School.

Senior defensive back Justin Cox has been suspended indefinitely from the Mississippi State football team for his involvement in an off-campus incident that occurred Thursday night, head coach Dan Mullen announced Friday.

The 6’2 185 lb safety was a huge commit last year for the Bulldogs. After coming out of East Mississippi Community College Cox was the top rated JUCO safety and turned down offers with Alabama and Arkansas before signing with Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs shouldn’t have a hard time with the Commodores on Saturday but it does suck for Cox who was going to be honored on Senior Day against Vanderbilt Saturday in Starkville.

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Bulldogs to Honor Seniors against Vandy

Bulldogs to Honor Seniors against Vandy

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Allen

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Eighteen Mississippi State seniors will take Scott Field for the final time and in the process seek to complete just the second 7-0 home record in school history as the fourth-ranked Bulldogs host Vanderbilt at 6:30 p.m. CT Saturday in Davis Wade Stadium.

The game will be televised live by the SEC Network with Tom Hart, Matt Stinchcomb and Heather Mitts calling the action. Live streaming video is available on SEC Network+ via WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.

The C Spire Tailgate Show on the MSU Sports Radio Network begins at 4:30 p.m. Jim Ellis, Matt Wyatt and John Correro will broadcast the game on the network. For affiliates, check listings here.

All fans are encouraged to wear maroon. The north end zone ticket office of Davis Wade Stadium opens at 3:30 p.m., while all gates will open at 4:30 p.m. The Dawg Walk takes place at 4:30 p.m.

The Bulldog senior class is currently the third-winningest in school history with 31 victories, while producing a school-record four consecutive bowl appearances and a 20-5 home record. They led MSU to its first-ever No. 1 national ranking.

The following players will be recognized Saturday in a pregame ceremony: OG Ben Beckwith, OT Blaine Clausell, C Dillon Day, DT Kaleb Eulls, RB Nick Griffin, DL John Harris, TE Brandon Hill, LB Christian Holmes, S Jay Hughes, TE Malcolm Johnson, WR Robert Johnson, DT P.J. Jones, WR Jameon Lewis, CB Jamerson Love, OL Archie Muniz, DE Preston Smith, DL Curtis Virges and LB Matt Wells.

“They’ve done a great job within this program,” said head coach Dan Mullen of his seniors. “They’ve bought into everything that we have tried to build here and have been very successful and set a lot of records and new standards here at Mississippi State. It’s a great day to come out and honor those guys in their last home game this Saturday.”

The Bulldogs (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) are seeking the first 10-win regular season in school history and just the second six-win SEC campaign. MSU is still alive in the SEC Western Division race and needs to defeat Vanderbilt and Ole Miss coupled with an Alabama loss to Auburn to clinch a spot in Atlanta.

Despite suffering their first defeat of the season last weekend at now No. 1 Alabama, the Bulldogs remain in solid position for a College Football Playoff berth. MSU was fourth in the rankings released earlier this week. The top four earn semifinal berths.

Vanderbilt (3-7, 0-6) has dropped five of its last seven games. The Commodores lost to Florida, 34-10, on Nov. 8 before going through an open date last Saturday.

MSU quarterback Dak Prescott, who named a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award earlier this week, seeks to rebound from a three-interception performance at Alabama. Prescott is still the only player in college football this season to throw for 20 touchdowns and rush for at least 10 more.

The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 12-7-2, including a 6-1 mark in Starkville. Vanderbilt’s only win in Starkville came by a score of 49-19 on Sept. 25, 1971. The two teams last met on Sept. 19, 2009 in Nashville in Mullen’s first season as the Bulldogs won 15-3 to give Mullen his first SEC victory.

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Several Bulldogs up for National Awards

Several Bulldogs up for National Awards

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Allen

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After starting the season 9-1, several members of the Mississippi State football team have received national recognition for their accomplishments.

Leading MSU to its first No. 1 ranking in school history, head coach Dan Mullen was named one of 20 semifinalists for the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year, organization President Ron Jaworski announced Wednesday. Mullen has kept MSU ranked in the top four for the last seven weeks and with a win Saturday against Vanderbilt would provide State with its first 10-win regular season in school history. Finalists will be determined on Dec. 9, with the winner being announced Dec. 21.
Mullen’s protégé, All-America candidate Dak Prescott was named Wednesday a semifinalist for the 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. The junior quarterback is one of 15 semifinalists for the nation’s fourth-oldest college football award, given to the top college football player in the country. Five finalists will be selected Dec. 3, with the winner being announced live on the 5 p.m. CT edition of ESPN SportsCenter on Dec. 11. The 2014 winner will receive his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Jan. 17, 2015, at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.

Prescott, the only player in the FBS to pass for 20-plus touchdowns and rush for 10-plus touchdowns, was also named a finalist this past week for the C Spire Conerly Trophy, which is awarded to the state of Mississippi’s most outstanding college football player. Fan voting, which begins Nov. 25, will account for 10 percent of the voting, with a statewide panel of media making up the remainder of the vote. The winner will be announced on Dec. 2 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson.

The quarterback’s right guard, Ben Beckwith, was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation announced this past week. The award is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on. The senior is a leader on an offensive line which has pushed MSU to the top 20 in the country in scoring offense (37.8, 14th), total offense (512.7, 8th) and rushing offense (243.2, 18th). Finalists will be honored and the winner announced Dec. 8 at a banquet in Springdale, Ark., in an event by the Springdale Rotary club.

On defense, All-America candidate Preston Smith accepted an invitation to the 2015 Senior Bowl. The game, which takes place on Jan. 24, 2015, in Mobile, Ala., features the nation’s best senior collegiate football players and top NFL Draft prospects. The game will air live at 3 p.m. CT on the NFL Network. Smith earned the invitation this week after tallying team highs in tackles for loss (12.5), sacks (8.0) and quarterback hurries (15) through the first 10 games of the season. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native is also the only player in Southeastern Conference history to be named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week in three-consecutive weeks, and is the only lineman this season to record two interceptions.

The Bulldogs return home to host Vanderbilt in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field for Senior Night this Saturday. The 6:30 p.m. kickoff will be televised live on the SEC Network.

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Bulldogs slip to 4 in new Playoff Rankings

Bulldogs slip to 4 in new Playoff Rankings

Posted on 19 November 2014 by Allen

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Mississippi State remained in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings that were released by the selection committee Tuesday night.

The No. 4 seeded Bulldogs, 9-1 overall and 5-1 in Southeastern Conference play, are one of four SEC teams in the top 10. MSU’s only loss was at the hands of No. 1 Alabama by a score of 25-20 on the road. The Bulldogs still get to face No. 8 Ole Miss in Oxford next weekend.

MSU is seeking the first 10-win regular season in program history and just the second 7-0 home slate. The Bulldogs host Vanderbilt in the home finale at 6:30 p.m. CT Saturday live on the SEC Network.

The final College Football Playoff rankings will be announced Sunday, Dec. 7. The playoff semifinals will be hosted by the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl and match the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 4 seed, while the No. 2 seed will take on the No. 3 seed. The semifinals will be played on Jan. 1, 2015.

College Football Playoff Rankings (Nov. 18)
1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Florida State
4. Mississippi State
5. TCU
6. Ohio State
7. Baylor
8. Ole Miss
9. UCLA
10. Georgia
11. Michigan State
12. Kansas State
13. Arizona State
14. Auburn
15. Arizona
16. Wisconsin
17. Utah
18. Georgia Tech
19. Southern Cal
20. Missouri
21. Oklahoma
22. Clemson
23. Nebraska
24. Louisville
25. Minnesota

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Mississippi State Football Ranked in Top Four For Sixth Straight Week

Mississippi State Football Ranked in Top Four For Sixth Straight Week

Posted on 17 November 2014 by Allen

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For the sixth consecutive week, Mississippi State is ranked in the top four in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches polls that were released Sunday afternoon.

The Bulldogs come in at No. 4 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches poll, receiving 1,289 points and 1,296 points, respectively. MSU suffered its first loss of the season Saturday in a valiant effort at Alabama, who jumped to No. 2 in the rankings. Florida State moved to the top spot.

Four Southeastern Conference teams are in the top 10: No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 Mississippi State, No. 8 Ole Miss and No. 9/10 Georgia. The Bulldogs (9-1, 5-1 SEC) are one of only two teams ranked in the top 10 with a top-10 opponent remaining on the schedule in the regular season.

The weekly College Football Playoff rankings will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday live on ESPN.

MSU hosts Vanderbilt on ‘Senior Night’ at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. The game will be televised live on the SEC Network. The Bulldogs are seeking just the second 7-0 home record in school history and first since 1999.

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Bama hosts Miss State in Game of the Year

Bama hosts Miss State in Game of the Year

Posted on 14 November 2014 by Allen

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It’s being billed as college football’s regular season game of the year with the winner earning an inside track to the Southeastern Conference Western Division championship.

Top-ranked Mississippi State (9-0, 5-0 SEC) seeks to extend its perfect season against third-ranked Alabama (8-1, 5-1) in an SEC West showdown at 2:39 p.m. CT Saturday from a sold-out Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The contest will be televised live by CBS with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Allie LaForce calling the action. Free live streaming video is also available through CBSSports.com. ESPN’s College GameDay will originate from Tuscaloosa at 8 a.m.

The C Spire Tailgate Show on the MSU Sports Radio Network goes live at 12:30 p.m. Jim Ellis, Matt Wyatt and John Correro will call it on the network (check for affiliates here).

Follow live in-game updates and engage with other fans via MSU football social media: @HailStateFBall (on Twitter), Facebook.com/HailStateFootball (Facebook) and Instagram.com/HailStateFB(Instagram).

The Bulldogs are aiming for the first 10-win regular season in school history. An MSU victory on Saturday would set up next weekend’s home finale against Vanderbilt with a chance to clinch the division title. With a loss to Alabama, the Bulldogs would have to win their remaining two games and need Auburn to defeat Alabama in order for MSU to clinch the division.

MSU has embraced the underdog role all season, coming out with victories four times under that scenario. The squad is seeking to become the first team to win at LSU (Baton Rouge) and at Alabama (Tuscaloosa) in the same season since MSU did it in 1957.

“In every article you read, we are big underdogs heading into this game,” said head coach Dan Mullen. We know that role. We are going to be ok with that. Our guys are going to come in with a chip on their shoulder and play with great effort. No matter what everyone else is predicting, we want to play that way every week.”

“We’re back to the team that we were to begin with to begin the season,” added Heisman Trophy candidate Dak Prescott. “No one expected us to win; no one thought that we would win. We were the underdogs in all of those games.”

The Bulldogs are fully rested and well prepared after a 45-16 non-conference win against UT Martin last weekend. Saturday will be the fourth top-10 team MSU has faced this season. The squad has won 12 consecutive games – one shy of tying the school record – and has not tasted defeat in 364 days.

The Tide, ranked fifth in the College Football Playoff poll, survived in overtime at No. 14 LSU last weekend by a score of 20-13. Alabama has won the last six meetings against the team that resides just 84 miles down Highway 82.

Saturday’s matchup features the league’s top total offense and top total defense. MSU is putting up 522.1 yards per game, good for sixth nationally. Alabama is allowing only 275.2 yards per game, including 89.7 yards per game on the ground.

Prescott is the only FBS player to rank in the top 10 in total offense, points responsible for and passing efficiency. Prescott has thrown for 2,231 yards and rushed for 779 yards. He’s tossed 18 touchdowns and rushed for 11.

Running back Josh Robinson stands just 14 yards away from cracking the 1,000-yard mark for the season, while De’Runnya Wilson, a Birmingham, Ala., native, has caught a team-high 22 balls for 367 yards and six touchdowns. Senior wideout Jameon Lewis has worked his way back to full strength and will play Saturday.

Defensively, All-America candidate Benardrick McKinney paces the Bulldogs with 55 tackles. Defensive end Preston Smith is tops on the team in tackles for loss with 11.5, including seven sacks.

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Scores

Temple 37 Vanderbilt 7 F
Alabama 33 West Virginia 23 F
Arkansas 21 Auburn 45 F
LSU 28 Wisconsin 24

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