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Mississippi State right tackle Justin Senior talks about his unit's desire to make a statement this week

It was clearly not the best of times for the Mississippi State offensive line last weekend against Alabama. Bulldog blockers allowed nine Dak Prescott sacks in a 31-6 loss to the Crimson Tide. Coach John Hevesy's unit has had much better outings this season. Junior tackle Justin Senior reports that he and his line mates are eager to get back on to the field and wash the bitter taste of last week's disappointment from their mouths.

"We didn't execute properly," Senior said of last weekend's showing. "We didn't play the way that we planned to play. All I can really say is that it is going to be better this week."

The Bulldog offensive staff has gone to great lengths to prepare the team to be playing its' best football here at the end of the season. Senior reports that the Bulldog offensive plan this week revolves around one word, execution.

"It's all about execution," Senior said. "We have to execute everything. We have to execute a game plan 100% and we have to eliminate 'MA's (missed assignments). We have to eliminate the mistakes we made last week. We have to be the better team and be the team that we know that we can be."

There are no easy weeks in the Southeastern Conference. The unforgiving grind has the Bulldogs on the road at Arkansas a week after being eliminated from the western division race last Saturday. Coach Dan Mullen's team cannot afford to take time to grieve the loss of that pre-season goal. They must simply press ahead and try to improve their standing as one of the league's bowl eligible teams.

"Arkansas plays hard," Senior said. "They are not a team that is going to be rolled over. They won't be an easy team to beat. We know that they are going to play hard and we are going to have to be ready for that."

After not playing up to their expectations the last time out, the Bulldogs are anxious to right the ship and get back on the winning side of the 2015 ledger.

"You want to make a statement every week," Senior said. "Coming off of a loss makes you even hungrier for a win. I know we're ready to go play another game."

The Bulldogs will be visiting Fayetteville, Arkansas for the first time since 2003. The annual road trip to The Natural State has recently been schedule for War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The return to campus provides the Mississippi State veterans the chance to play in yet another new venue.

Having visited Southern Miss for the first time since 1989 and Missouri for the first time since 1984, the 2015 Bulldogs have seen the inside of some visiting locker rooms that their graduated peers never had the opportunity to see.

The Bulldogs last trip to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium was one to forget. Coach Jackie Sherrill's final Bulldog team found the business end of a 52-6 decision.

Senior and this new brand of Bulldogs hopes to add to their current three game winning streak in the series against Arkansas regardless of the venue.

"I love to travel and having the chance to be at a new spot, but as far as crowd noise and all of that we don't really focus on that," Senior said. "It gets really loud at David Wade, so we're used to noise. 

"I think we feel comfortable on the road, A lot of teams don't like going on the road, because it's tough to leave home. We feel like we can be comfortable with everything at home or on the road. I wouldn't say it's better, but it's just part of it."

The chance to get away from it all, focus on the team and the task at hand is something Senior claims to enjoy. The bunker mentality of road games appeals to the talented tackle.

"I enjoy that aspect of travelling," Senior said. "All you have is each other as soon as you leave. It's not like we're getting out and going to the mall. We're just around each other getting focused on the game."

The trip to Fayetteville will be the final true road game for the 2015 season. The Bulldogs will host Ole Miss next week in the annual Battle for the Golden Egg and will finish the season on a neutral field in a bowl game that is yet to be determined.

"It started hitting me last week that the season is almost over," Senior said. "We have the bowl game coming up. I am just trying to take it one game at a time until it's all over. I just want to get all we can get out of these final three games."


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