State's Mullen Compliments Alabama

Dan Mullen knew things weren't going to be easy when he took the job as head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Although there have been moments in MSU football, generally speaking it's the coaching equivalent of three-and-out...give or take a season or two for some.

Before taking the Mississippi State job, Dan Mullen was highly-acclaimed for his work as offensive coordinator at Florida. Alabama dismantled his current team 31-7 in Starkville Saturday night as the Tide heads towards a Southeastern Conference Championship Game showdown with the Gators in a few weeks.

Following Saturday's loss in Starkville, Mullen could count among the victors over his Bulldogs on home turf the aforementioned Florida and Alabama, along with LSU, Georgia Tech and Houston.

Mullen was complimentary of Alabama following the game. "I give credit to Alabama," he said. "They made some big plays. That was the difference in the game. They had completed passes of 42, 48, and 45 yards. A 70-yard touchdown (run) by Mark Ingram."

Mullen said Alabama's defense "did a good job. Obviously, they are really tough. They did a real good job in the first half of making us go three and out. We had four three-and-outs in the fist half. I think that really took some sting out of our offense."

He said that star tailback Anthony Dixon running was 81 yards against Alabama, about 40 below his season per-game average, was "pretty solid against a defense of that caliber."

Mullen said, "They made the big plays and we didn't."

He said the Alabama defense is "big. They are physical. They do some really good things. They have a lot of size and what they do is kind of create a wall of siOe. There are not a whole lot of seams in a wall for you to run through."

Mullen said, "Alabama doesn't make mistakes. They keep playing and their play-makers make plays to beat you."

"Give them credit."

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