Bulldogs shutout Charleston Southern in season opener
Last year, Mississippi State didn’t have the same kind of success against South Alabama, losing to the Jaguars by a single point in its home opener. What a difference a year made on Saturday versus Charleston Southern.
The Bulldogs seized control early and never looked back, racing out to a 35-0 lead at the half. The scoring was important, but the defense was dominant in its 49-0 shutout victory over the Buccaneers.
MSU forced the opposition into a pair of safeties in the first half alone, proving to be the brightest of bright spots for a program that hadn’t recorded a shutout since the 2014 season. Head Coach Dan Mullen said, “I’m most pleased about watching how our guys ran to the football. I mean 11 guys playing as hard as they can every single snap. It was a big challenge through my eyes defensively that everybody, I’m talking about with a minute left in the game , 11 guys are flying to the football as hard as they can, and that’s the type of defense we expect to see.”
Mississippi State Defensive Lineman Jeffrey Simmons said, “Shutout, two safeties, creating turnovers, that’s something we talk about all week. Fast, physical and aggressive. Get to the ball. We want 11 guys, who’s ever on the field just flying to the ball.”
The Bulldogs get back at it on Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. contest at Louisiana Tech.