October 28, 2008

Croom's Tuesday Press Conference

The last two meetings between Mississippi State and Kentucky have been the turning points of those particular seasons.

The Wildcats got the better of MSU in 2006 34-31 en route to an 8-5 season and Music City Bowl win while the Bulldogs gained the upper hand last year with a 31-14 upset that spring-boarded them to an 8-5 record an a Liberty Bowl championship.

The two Southeastern Conference opponents will meet up again this week with plenty on the line. Kentucky is a win away from bowl eligibility while the Bulldogs need a win to keep it's bowl chances alive.

"It's a big ballgame for us this week," said MSU head coach Sylvester Croom during his Tuesday press conference. "I think it's a critical juncture for us and for Kentucky at this point in the season. Last year our win up there propelled us into a bowl game and two years ago their win down here did the same thing for them. So it's a critical point of the season and a critical ballgame for both of us."

Rich Brooks and the Wildcats are coming off a 65-5 drubbing by Florida last week and had two punts blocked early that helped the Gators gain an early advantage.

"They had two critical turnovers in that area that really blew their game open last week," Croom said. "I've cautioned our players about that. I think the score really got out of hand early and was very deceptive because of that. Kentucky is a lot better football team than the score of that game indicated."

Brooks announced a change at quarterback earlier this week going with true freshman Randall Cobb under center instead of sophomore Mike Hartline.

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