September 17, 2012
Bulldogs walk away winners
Saturday night Mississippi State became the first opposing FBS school to ever leave Troy's Veterans Memorial Stadium with a victory.
The Bulldogs win would not win many style points but Dan Mullen will take it.
"That's a very difficult place to go and play," Mullen said. "You look at the home record that Coach (Larry) Blakeney has had there. I think we're fortunate we got a win in a tough environment. There are a lot of things we can teach off of from that game. I think both our staff and our players are a little disappointed in our performance. It's great for us to be disappointed in our performance and still come out of it with a win."
MSU dropped seven passes on the night - three of which would have likely went for long touchdowns - and surrendered 572 yards of offense to the Trojans. Troy threw for 349 yards and added an additional 223 yards on the ground with their high octane offense.
"We had a bunch of missed tackles," Mullen said. "We played a team that spreads you out across the field and one of the reasons they spread you out is to get you in one-on-one situations. You've got to make tackles and we missed way too many tackles."
The numerous dropped passes also hurt Tyler Russell's numbers on the night. The SEC Offensive Player of the Week following the Auburn game completed just 11-of-26 passing for 244 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in his follow up against the Trojans.
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