October 24, 2011

Bye week behind the Bulldogs

Mississippi State not only got a much needed bye week last week they were also able to get away from the gridiron for a few days as well.

Head coach Dan Mullen gave his team the weekend off before returning to campus this week to prepare for their SEC showdown at Kentucky on Saturday.

"Coming off a bye week hopefully we're a bit rested with some of our guys who have played a bunch of football," Mullen said. "We got some reps for some of our younger players and this weekend mentally we gave our players a chance to go home, see their families and get a little bit of a break. Now we've got to come back up and play a critical SEC game on the road in a tough place to play."

Having a Saturday free gave Mullen an opportunity to catch the Wildcat's 38-14 over Jacksonville State. Kentucky racked up 445 yards with 340 yards on the ground, by far their best offensive outing of the year.

"I got to see some of it," Mullen said. "Obviously they are a good football team. They've been hurt with some turnovers at times this year but if they don't turn the football over they are a very different football team. That can be corrected very easily and it looks like they got that fixed during their bye week. They have the two top tacklers in the Southeastern Conference and one of the best pass defenses in the league. They put up a whole bunch of yards and points (Saturday) in a win so they're a really good football team."

Wildcat quarterback Morgan Newton accounted for 180 yards of offense and three touchdowns against Jacksonville State. For the year Newton has completed 47.3-percent of his passes for 769 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. He is also Kentucky's second leading rusher with 262 yards and two touchdowns.

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