Brown Vows Bulldogs Will Bounce Back

The Mississippi State defense played well enough to win, but a second half drive saved twice by Blake Sims' scrambles for first downs provided the margin for an Alabama victory. With two more SEC games remaining, Brown reports that Mississippi State will put their energy into closing out the regular season in grand fashion.

"It was hard to swallow for us," Brown said of Sims' two huge plays to move the chains. "We played great defense in the second half. We missed some execution on some plays that we should have. It's okay, we will get better at it.

"We will work on that this week and try to make sure it never happens again.

"We were really worried about containing the wide receivers and (not) let them get the first down. He just took off running. He's a great quarterback and he made some plays with his feet."

The Bulldogs found themselves on the short end of a 19-0 first half stick, but in the second half, the Bulldogs limited Alabama to just six points.

Brown reports that the biggest halftime adjustments took place inside the hearts and helmets of the Bulldog defenders.

"We really didn't adjust anything. Coach (Geoff) Collins came in and gave us a great talk," Brown explained. "We just came out and executed the plan we already had.

"(He) told us to just keep doing us and play Mississippi State football. He told us to play hard and play physical and anything could happen. That's what we were hoping for."

While the Bulldogs battle for first place in the SEC west was not for the faint of heart, Brown reports that the team was prepared for a grueling slugfest.

"It was a real physical game, but practice this week was physical like any other week," Brown said. "We worked on stopping the run and that's the key for us every week."

The Bulldog defense came very close to stealing the momentum from the Tide in the first half during a goal line stand where the ball squirted loose as Alabama's Derrick Henry plunged towards the goal line.

An official review nullified the on the field ruling that had gone the way of the Bulldogs.

"I am the one who pulled it out," Brown said with a grin. "I didn't really get a good look. I feel like I ripped it out, but you can't really second guess it. They reviewed, so we just have to accept it and keep on playing."

Mississippi State has been safely in the top four of the national playoff rankings since the committee shared their first rankings. Brown hopes the Bulldogs are still in the mix for a final four spot, but admits the Bulldogs still have some work to do.

"We're not really worried about it," said Brown. "We are just going to come out and get better next week and beat Vanderbilt. If it is meant for us to make it, then we will."

The sophomore linebacker reports that he will take some time to digest what what right and wrong against Alabama, but a new game week begins on Sunday.

"We will reflect on this tonight," Brown explained. "You think about it and the plays you missed and then come in tomorrow for practice ready to go.

"We had some miscues, but we will get in the film room and correct those."

"We will come in tomorrow and prepare for Vanderbilt."

A win over Vanderbilt, would have the Bulldogs sitting at 10-1 as they head to Oxford for the annual battle for the Golden Egg. As Brown reports, the Bulldogs still have the chance at a magical season.

"Whoever thought we would be in this situation," said Brown. "One loss don't make us or break us. We just have to be ready to play Vanderbilt. All of this is going to make us work harder. Don't be surprised at what you see next week."


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