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Mississippi State's Ryan Brown talks about tonight's game with LSU

New Orleans native Ryan Brown was able to head home with some bragging rights last fall as his team, Mississippi State, won a huge match-up against LSU in Death Valley. The revenge minded Tigers will make the return trip to Starkville this weekend. Brown is hoping to level his career record against the Bayou Bengals at 2-2 and end the series on a two game winning streak.

"I am very excited about the game," Brown said. "It's great to be able to go back out there with a great group of guys that have been with me since the beginning. This is always an exciting game for me and my family. It's going to be a good one."

During his time "Grinding for HIS State", a metamorphosis of sorts took place for Brown. The Pelican state prep product began to feel at home at Mississippi and the term state pride took on an entirely different meaning.

"I am from the state of Louisiana, but I don't play for my state. I play for my family," Brown said. "That's really all of my motivation. I am working hard to give all that I got for all of them. They have to live there and I have to go home at some point. 

"It's a much different feeling when you go home with a win instead of a loss.  I want to go back down there with another win."

Brown recorded three tackles, a sack and four quarterback hurries in a week one win over Southern Miss. LSU will bring a much different style of attack, but the senior defensive end believes the Mississippi State defense can build on some of the positive steps taken a week ago.

"We have to make sure that we are prepared and that we line up right," Brown said. "It's a big thing getting lined up right before the snap against them. We just need to stay low and physical. We know that they are going to come up here with fire in their hearts ready to breathe fire. You have to know that going into the game."

The Bulldogs won in Death Valley last season for the first time since 1991. While fans have some measure of confidence since Mississippi State was able to notch a positive mark in the win/loss column for a change at the expense of the Tigers, Brown reports that his team put that victory in the rearview mirror long ago.

"Last year is last year," Brown said. "That win from last year can't count with our wins this year. There are no rollover games or rollover wins. We just have to leave all of that in the past.

"We know that they like to bully people and we expect them to come out and try to come get us. You have to be ready for that and we will be."

With tonight's home opener providing Bulldog fans the first chance to bathe their team as well as the opposition with a healthy dose of cowbell. Brown reports that the wall of Maroon and White sound will be music to his ears.

"It's going to be great," Brown said of playing at home. "I have been waiting on those cowbells all year. Hearing our fans out there cheering and ringing those cowbells will be music to our ears."

The Bulldogs and Tigers will be the 8 PM broadcast on the ESPN family of channels. LSU is favored in the contest between two top 25 teams, which will be the SEC opener for both programs.

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