October 20, 2012

Strong second half for State

STARKVILLE, Miss., - No. 15 Mississippi State held only a 10-3 lead at halftime Saturday night against Middle Tennessee.

That margin simply did not satisfy Dan Mullen.

So during the intermission the fourth year head coach lit a fire under his squad who in the second half responded with 35 unanswered points for a 45-3 convincing win.

"I was very impressed with how we came out in the second half," Mullen said. "We had several new guys playing and they all took advantage of the opportunity. That is something we talk about a lot in practice. You have to prepare for your opportunity and you have to jump on it when it is presented to you to make plays happen. I think that a lot of different guys made big plays tonight."

During that second half MSU forced three turnovers and picked up three sacks on defense while rolling up 235 yards and five touchdowns on offense.

The Bulldogs kept their perfect record intact at 7-0 while totaling 446 yards on offense. State kept things balanced with 231 yards on the ground and 215 yards through the air.

Tyler Russeell connected on 17-of-21 passing for 191 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

"Russell was very efficient tonight," Mullen said. "Our offensive line did a really good job of protecting him tonight as well. Tyler holds the ball sometimes but he holds the ball for the right reasons to make sure he is taking the opportunities that he wants. I think he is getting more and more comfortable in our offense. He made some tough reads tonight and I thought he played very well."

LaDarius Perkins eclipsed the 100-yard plateau for the fourth time this season gaining 125 yards on 20 carries and a score.

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