September 21, 2009

Mullen pleased with defense

Mississippi State earned a hard fought 15-3 victory over Vanderbilt Saturday night.

The Bulldogs defense stood strong and aided a somewhat stagnant offense at times. MSU head coach Dan Mullen was pleased with the defense's effort in helping him earn his first career Southeastern Conference win.

"It was a tough physical game between two tough teams," Mullen said. "I thought our defense really set the tempo early in that game and played really hard for four quarters. That is what really did it for us because we really have a lot of improving to do on the offensive side of the football."

The Bulldogs limited Vanderbilt to 157 yards on offense including just 33 yards on the ground after surrendering 589 yards the previous Saturday in a loss to Auburn.

"Schematically I think the coaching staff did a better job of putting our guys in a better position to make plays," Mullen said. "We didn't change our personnel, I think our players were upset with the result of the week before. They really buckled it up and came into the game with a chip on their shoulder about how they had played the week before."

Mullen was delighted with the way his team responded after such a disheartening loss just seven days prior and were able to put the Commodores away late in the fourth quarter.

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