McKinney on Mississippi State Win over LSU

Bernardrick McKinney helped lead Mississippi State into Death Valley and knock off LSU in the SEC opener for both teams. The Bulldog defense set the tone for most of the night and came close to pitching a shut out in the first half. The early dominance allowed State to get out to a 17-0 cushion on their way to a 34-29 win over LSU.

"It was a great honor to get a win over LSU," McKinney explained. "We knew we were going to have to come in here and play hard for the full sixty minutes to get the win.

"We just tried to explode to the football, play our style of football and have fun."

Little did the Bulldogs or their fans know it would take every second of the full sixty minutes to settle the contest with the #8 ranked Tigers.

"We were in prevent," McKinney said of the game's final play. "It was a big play and Will (Redmond) came up with the interception and made sure we got the win.

"It was a big relief. My adrenaline was pumping the whole game and when I saw he had the ball it just made me happy."

The Bulldogs' last defensive stop may have been the most dramatic, but a goal line stand in the first quarter proved that the team in Maroon and White meant business.

"We knew on defense we were going to have to make big plays," McKinney said. "We were focused on stopping the run. We couldn't have done it tonight without Preston Smith, Chris Jones, Kaleb Eulls and all of those guys up front.

"They did a good job of keeping the offensive lineman off of the linebackers and that freed us up to make plays.

With a win over LSU, the expectations and games only get bigger from here.

McKinney believes the best is still yet to come for the Bulldogs.

"This team has the potential to win a championship," McKinney stated. "We're all just focused on getting better right now."

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