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MSU Bulldog Victory Roundup: Southeastern Louisiana

Posted by Kyle Weidie on September 8, 2008

The Mississippi State Bulldogs performed slight reconciliation for their season opening loss to Louisiana Tech in beating Southeastern Louisiana 34-10 this past Saturday. The Harmon Forecast on CBS Sportsline came very close to an accurate prediction calling for a 34-6 Bulldog victory over SELA. The keys to the game were simple: the defense should dominate and the offense needed to build rhythm – mission accomplished. No, Southeastern Louisiana certainly was not a test, but heading into next week’s game against Auburn, the Bulldogs needed to show early season growth, and they did. Here’s the internet roundup:

After a sluggish start that saw State fall behind 3-0, the Bulldogs did exactly what you would expect a Southeastern Conference team to do to one from the Football Championship Subdivision (formally Division I-AA), striking for 34 unanswered points to turn the game into a rout by early in the third quarter.
“Mississippi State routs SELA, 34-10,” clarionledger.com – Rusty Hampton.

Quarterback Wesley Carroll, who did not split snaps with backup Tyson Lee in practice last week, looked much sharper than he did in the season opener, when Louisiana Tech intercepted him three times.
“BULLDOGS:QB Carroll looks sharp as ‘Dogs rediscover bite,” djournal.com – Brad Locke.

In a spare moment inside Mississippi State’s locker room late Saturday night, coach Sylvester Croom had words for his receiver Brandon McRae, who caught eight passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in MSU’s 34-10 win over Southeastern Louisiana. They weren’t attaboys, though. “You’ve got to expect yourself to make every catch,” Croom said he told McRae. “He has the potential to be an outstanding receiver.”
“McRae reaps benefit of adding maturity to talent,” clarionledger.com – Kyle Veazey.

“We did some good things tonight. I thought offensively we did some things we wanted to do. We had certain guys it was obvious they played well; Brandon McRae still making some plays, I thought Anthony Dixon ran hard, Christian Ducre definitely picked up his game tonight. I’ll look at the film to see how the offensive line blocked……….The thing that really concerns me now about the offense is we had fumbles in the first two games. And a couple of penalties. That still bothers me because that has not been characteristic. All I know is we’ll keep working hard because going into conference play you can’t give the other team opportunities.”
Sylvester Croom Post-Game Quotes via David Murray of Dawgs Bite.

Game Recap: ESPN.com

Game Photographs – Clarion-Ledger

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