November 22, 2008

Hogs matchup with Dogs today

It has been a decade since the goal posts came down and the Mississippi State Bulldogs celebrated a 22-21 win over Arkansas.

Since that time, the Razorbacks have claimed nine straight over the maroon and white but MSU will hope to turn the trend today.

"We are coming up on a very good Arkansas team," said MSU head coach Sylvester Croom. "We've got them at home and haven't beaten them in nine years. It's a big game for us, an SEC contest. We are out of the possibility of a bowl game picture but this game is important so we want to finish our season on a very positive note."

Arkansas has won 12 of the last 13 meetings between the schools and since joining the Southeastern Conference in 1992 the Bulldogs have only won three times (1992, 1994, and 1998) with all three victories coming in Starkville.

Today will mark the final home appearance for 24 State seniors. Those players will be honored during pregame ceremonies prior to the 1:30 p.m. kickoff.

"It's a big deal for the seniors," Croom said. "This is their last time in the stadium and we will honor them. It's always a big day for us here. It's the last time they will play at home here. They are winding it up and hopefully we can wind it up on a positive note."

The Bulldogs enter today at 3-7 overall and 1-5 in the league averaging 280 yards and 15.2 points per game. Mississippi State is picking up an average of 178.5 yards through the air and another 104.5 on the ground.

Quarterback Tyson Lee has led the Bulldogs in the passing department this season completing 59.2-percent of his passes for 1,251 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions.

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