September 28, 2009

Mullen's Monday press conference

There is no question that Mississippi State left it all out on the field in this past Saturday's 30-26 upset bid of now No. 4 ranked LSU.

The sixth-largest crowd of 53,612 filed into Davis Wade Stadium despite the inclimate weather and watched one of the best Bulldog team efforts in recent memory.

"It was an emotional game for us on Saturday," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "The fans and the crowd were fantastic. The student body supported us and was fantastic. I think our team fed off of the emotions our fans had during the course of that game. We battled for four quarters and we've got to do a better job as a coaching staff finishing the game off. We'll get that corrected this week."

In fact, the process has already begun. The Bulldogs returned to the practice fields Sunday afternoon and appeared determined to improve.

"The guys practiced hard," Mullen said. "You could tell they were kinda hungry for another opportunity after Saturday's loss and they came to the field determined to improve, as did our coaching staff. We had a hard practice and we pushed them pretty hard."

State's task this week will be to stop a team that dominated them 38-7 on the road last season in Georgia. Tech. The Yellow Jackets are off to a 3-1 start and are coming off a 24-7 win over North Carolina this past weekend.

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