November 1, 2008

Battle of the Cats and Dogs

Both Mississippi State and Kentucky have plenty to play for today.

The Wildcats are in need of another win to become bowl eligible while a MSU victory keeps their bowl hopes alive.

"It's a big ballgame for us this week," said MSU head coach Sylvester Croom. "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."

The Dogs and the Cats have met 35 times over the years with Kentucky holding a 20-15 lead in the series. The Bulldogs lead the match-up 9-5 in Starkville and took last year's meeting in Lexington 31-14.

"Obviously this is as big a game for us as it for Mississippi State," said Kentucky head coach Rich Brooks. "Both of us are coming off bowl wins a year ago and we want to get back to postseason play. As the season goes into the later stages here, each win is critically important and each loss takes you further away from your goal. So this is a big, big football game and I believe we are catching Mississippi State at a time where they are really starting to put things together. They played one of their better offensive games last week."

The Bulldogs offense currently ranks 104th in the country averaging 294.9 yards per contest. State puts up on average of 174 yards passing and 120.9 yards on the ground.

Tyson Lee comes into today's game after one of his best performances of his career in a 31-22 win over Middle Tennessee. He hit on 17-of-25 passing for 197 yards and one rushing touchdown.

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