Calhoun, Bulldogs Head into Bye 6-0

A season ago, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall threw for over three hundred yards against Mississippi State, including the game winning TD in the final seconds. On Saturday, more of Marshall's passes found the Scott field turf rather than the hands of Auburn receivers. The Mississippi State secondary forced three turnovers and greeted Tiger pass catchers with less than hospitable intentions.

Corner Taveze Calhoun was on the field when Bulldog free safety Justin Cox got his hands underneath Nick Marshall's final pass attempt of the day.

An official review of the play confirmed what Bulldog fans suspected and what Auburn fans feared, the Tiger comeback was for all intents and purposes over.

After the Bulldog offense picked up a first down, Dan Mullen signaled in the coach's favorite play, a kneel down from the victory formation.

"It was a great feeling," said Calhoun of the 38-23 win. "We have the best fans in the nation. They stayed throughout the rain and all of the pouring storms.

"Everybody just laid it out for each other. It feels great to be able to celebrate this win with my brothers."

The celebration continued long into the Starkville night. Fans and college opinion makers were all projecting the Bulldogs as America's new #1, but the Bulldog players are focused on a much higher goals.

"I really don't get into all of that," said Calhoun. "It's like Coach Mullen says, the only time #1 matters is in January.

"We could still finish unranked.

"We just have to come in and prepare this week and be ready to go try and get another win in two weeks."

The veteran corner is not looking to down play what the Bulldogs have accomplished, but merely take it all in stride as this team works ahead toward bigger and better things than a mid-term grade.

"All of this is special," said Calhoun of beating Auburn. "This is one of the biggest wins in school history, so it's great to be a part of it.

"We are a mature team though. We know how to lose too.

"We know how that feels and we know how it feels to win.

"It's special for each and every one of us. I know that it's real special to me."

Calhoun was the last player offered a scholarship for his signing class. His commitment effectively ended the Bulldogs' pursuit of linebacker C.J. Johnson, who elected to sign elsewhere.

The Morton High school product has worked hard during his time in Starkville and earned a spot as one of the team's top corners.

Impossible dreams appear to be manifesting for the Bulldogs, but Calhoun knows a thing or two about seeing wishes come true.

"I just have to thank God for this opportunity," smiled Calhoun. "God has really blessed me and blessed my teammates and I just want to thank him for all he has done and for the opportunity he gave me to be a Mississippi State Bulldog."

Calhoun is making the most of his opportunities this season and has helped to the Bulldogs to a 6-0 start and a national #1 ranking.

After three straight hard fought and emotional SEC wins, these Bullies are headed for a much deserved bye week.

"We definitely need a week," said Calhoun. "We're a little banged up and it will be nice just to have a week to enjoy all of this.

"It will give us a little time to work the kinks out too and just get better as a team."


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