After starting the season with a record of 2-0, Mississippi State was a team with seemingly all the answers. But after a week three home loss to Kansas State, the Bulldogs now have some questions to answer against Kentucky.
Especially in the quarterback department, where Penn State transfer Tommy Stevens was pulled in the second half of last week’s game in favor of true freshman Garrett Shrader. Of course, that has almost everything to do with a shoulder injury he sustained against Southern Miss, but still an area in need of clarity leading up to game day.
More importantly, second year Head Coach Joe Moorhead is eager to see how his team responds to adversity for the first time all season.
“You want there to be a certain level of disappointment for the loss. But at the same time, you can’t let one game beat you twice. So we allowed them to be upset about it. We allowed them to kind of make the corrections and do the things we needed to do. But when that got done at practice, we moved on to Kentucky. I think there was a good energy, good bounce in their step and a good understanding that our singleness and purpose of taking it one week at a time that we’ve gone 1-0 twice and we’ve gone 0-1 once so we’ve got to put this game to bed.”
Not only are the Bulldogs looking to avoid their second straight loss to the Wildcats. They’re also looking to avoid their second straight loss in their SEC opener.
Mississippi State will kick off its third consecutive home game at 3 p.m. Saturday from Davis Wade Stadium.