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  • Scruff_McGruff_ 2:32 PM on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cam Newton, , , Manny Diaz, , , Urban Meyer   

    Not Quite Yet Over the Hump 

    Chris Relf wasn't able to lead the comeback Thursday. His time will come.

    Last Thursday Mississippi State showcased the progress it made under second-year head coach Dan Mullen. ESPN showed the world how far we had come. At the end of the game, it was us coming up short again. MSU football has not been able to get over the proverbial hump quite yet. Mullen has made impressive strides in a short amount of time. We are no longer an automatic conference win but are from being the perennial doormat. Despite two early turnovers, we still had a chance to win the game on a last second drive. Besides the dropped passes, there is a lot to be optimistic about.

    In the first half, Cam Newton had his way with the MSU defense, outgaining the Bulldog offense by himself 146-125. Manny Diaz and staff made critical adjustments on the fly and held Newton to only 82 yards (22 of those receiving) in the second half. The MSU defense dictated when Newton would scramble. Even more importantly, after giving up 17 first-half points the defense shut out the potent Tiger offense. When it was time to make a stand late in the game, the defense came through on 3rd down and the ensuing blocked field goal.

    MSU only committed two penalties for 25 yards: a personal foul that was a bit of acting on Auburn’s part and an illegal block. The two penalties are a far cry from the 5.6 penalties per game MSU averaged a season ago. To date, MSU is only averaging 2.5 penalties and 27.5 penalty yards per game. Dan Mullen wants his team to give “relentless effort,” and his team is giving that effort while playing disciplined football.

    In years past, when MSU would go down by a double-digit deficit, we would fold when given the opportunity to make a comeback. We lacked the offensive firepower to score points in a short period of time, and the defense would eventually break from being on the field too long. With Mullen learning the spread offense from Urban Meyer, the Bulldog offense has the ability to march up the field gaining huge chunks of yards at a time. Coupled with Diaz’s high-risk, high-reward defense, MSU can put points on the board in a hurry.

    There are still some minor details we need to work on to become more consistent. We have been here before: where the MSU fan base thinks we are ready to make the leap into the next tier of SEC schools. When we get there, we usually take two steps in the wrong direction. If not this season, next season will definitely be the year MSU causes major hell for the other teams in the conference. That is the beauty of playing in the best conference in the country: every week is a chance to score a major upset and get the momentum that can carry you through the rest of the season.

  • maroonnation 9:14 PM on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Urban Meyer   

    The Maroon Nation Says … 

  • maroonnation 1:03 PM on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , eye-gouge, , Urban Meyer   

    True Scum 

    By: DeMaroon

    So many times, I have affectionately referred to the University of Mississippi as scUM. I think it is fitting for the classless athletics operation they run in Oxford. I may have to retire that term and lend it to Brandon Spikes of the University of Florida, Urban Meyer, and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive if no one does anything about the Brandon Spikes eye-gouging incident. For a player that talented to resort to such a classless and base act is a testament to his individual character more specifically his lack of character. If neither the SEC or UF does anything about this act, they are just as responsible for his behavior. Some people say that it happens all the time in piles on football fields. I do not buy that. I sell that wholeheartedly. There is conclusive video evidence that shows Spike’s cowardice. Mike Slive and Urban Meyer, you are being watched.


    Updated: 11/2/09 – 1:06 PM

    So Florida suspends him for the first half of the Vanderbilt game. Weak. I am so glad you are sending a message that your elitist asses are above this kind of behavior.

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