September 12, 2012

Mullen talking Trojans

For the first time since 2000 Mississippi State has started the season off 2-0.

But after wins over Jackson State and Auburn at home it is now time for the Bulldogs to hit the road traveling to Troy on Saturday for their first away game of the year.

"This is our first road game so you have that adjustment to prepare for our guys to get ready for the road game schedule," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "(Troy) has some big home wins over BCS teams in the past so their guys at Troy know how to play and win games at home. It will be a hostile environment obviously when we get in there. They are an explosive teams so we will have to play well on both sides of the ball and deal with that adversity of being on the road for the first time all year."

The Trojans currently sport the nation's No. 23 offense averaging 520.5 yards per game and scoring 31.5 points. Last week Troy completed 50-of-75 passing for 528 yards in a 37-24 loss to Louisiana.

Sophomore Chandler Worthy was on the receiving end of most of those throws last week catching nine passes for 154 yards. But Mullen does not plan to specifically match up All-American cornerback Johnthan Banks against him on Saturday.

"I think with the corners that we have and that we have confidence in Darius Slay I don't think we're at the point where we have to matchup and have a corner play one guy," Mullen said. "We are going to let our guys go cover. That's really the plan. We have confidence in Darius Slay, our other corner opposite Banks. When you feel good about both of those guys you don't have to have the confusion of guys running all over the field and having to matchup on a certain receiver."

The Trojans defense has been their downfall so far this season. Their opponents have racked up 783 yards in the first two games and are allowing 42 points per contest. Troy has only picked off one pass so far and has two sacks on the year.



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