SEC Media Days: Bulldogs still perfecting air raid in year two under Mike Leach

When Mississippi State and LSU got together in last year’s season opener, the Tigers were more than a two-touchdown favorite.

But in comes Mike Leach and his air raid offense in his first-ever game as head coach of the Bulldogs to crash the party of the defending national champions.

MSU put up more than 600 yards of total offense that day en route to a shocking 44-34 win in Death Valley.

Which makes the rest of the season pretty hard to explain as State went on to lose seven out of their last nine regular season games before beating Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Only twice did the Bulldogs put up more than 24 points all season, leaving plenty of room for improvement according to Ocean Springs alum Austin Williams. “I definitely think we’re going to be more consistent. I’m looking for us to raise our level of play. Honestly, I love how we finished last season. I thought we finished on a strong note. I’m looking for us to continue that and just continue to raise the bar and not be satisfied at all and just continue to grow.”

Coach Leach said, “Well, in spring it definitely has. Instead of everybody thinking about things, it’s more automatic. They get where they’re supposed to be quicker and more precisely, which synchronizes things. As that happens, it elevates the execution. We’ve still got a way to go, no question. But it was a big improvement from the season.”

The Bulldogs finished the 2020 season with an overall mark of 4-7.

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