Mississippi States Loses 1st Game of Season to Alabama

This past Saturday the Mississippi State football team lost for the first time this season. The Bulldogs lost to Alabama 25 to 20. Alabama was ready for the top ranked Bulldogs.

The Tide rolled to a 12-0 lead in the 2nd quarter when Blake Sims hooked up with Amari Cooper. Then, Derrick Henry walked into the end zone and Alabama took a 19-0 lead. Give the Bulldogs some credit, they did not quit. Mississippi State Quarterback, Dak Prescott, says, "We came in at halftime and guys, realize it’s all on us, on how well and how much we want to win this game and came out and gave a good effort, but just ran out of time."

State closed the gap to 19-6 in the 3rd quarter and was knocking on the door when Prescott was picked off in the end zone causing a costly turnover. Six times the M.S.U. offense drove inside the 20 yard line, but they had to settle for two touchdowns, a key reason why Alabama ended up winning. Mississippi State Running Back, Josh Robinson, says, "We got down there six times. We came up short with field goals, can’t do that as an offensive unit. That’s something we gotta’ fix tomorrow and we gonna’ go from there."

Mississippi State Head Coach, Dan Mullen, says, "Probably my fault in the red zone. I have to evaluate myself to see why we didn’t get touchdowns and those red zone trips."

In the 4th quarter, Fred Ross came up with a touchdown catch for State, cutting Alabama’s lead to 19-13, but Alabama came right back. T.J. Yeldon found the end zone, pushing the lead to 25-13. With 15 seconds to play in the 4th quarter, Prescott hit Jameon Lewis and the Bulldogs cut the lead to just 5 points, but it was too little too late as Alabama rolled past Mississippi State 25-20.

Mullen closes, "It’s a feeling I can’t explain to you unless you have been out there and played in these types of games. Unless you have been a part of it, you have no idea what I am talking about and that sickness in your stomach, but you should embrace it."

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