November 12, 2011

Missed opportunites cost State

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State had their chances against No. 3 Alabama Saturday night.

But the Bulldogs were only able to capitalize on one of them as Alabama won their fourth straight in the series 24-7 in front of the second largest crowd at Davis Wade Stadium ever.

"If you're going to beat one of those top teams, you have to make all the game's plays and not make mistakes," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "That's what we preached all week to our guys. We come out and I think we had three false starts in the first half that put us behind, three or four dropped passes, we missed two field goals and we dropped a punt snap. We do all the little things that you can't do."

The win bumped the Crimson Tide up to 6-1 in conference play and 9-1 overall on the year. Alabama accumulated 386 yards on offense including 223 yards on the ground.

"Mississippi State has a very, very good team," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "They played LSU tough. Everybody they have played they have played tough. They haven't lost a game by more than 13 points. I have a lot of respect for this team. They are tough defensively and we knew this defensive front was going to be very tough to block. I saw some stuff tonight that I have never seen and I've been coaching for 40 years."

Heisman hopeful running back Trent Richardson was a workhorse in the backfield for the Tide. Richardson carried 32 times for 127 yards and a touchdown grinding out four yards an attempt.

Backup Eddie Lacy[/db[ also had a strong night on the ground running for 96 yards and a pair of scores on 11 totes.

"We did have a slow start," Lacy said. "They had a lot of energy coming out but energy only lasts so long and we stayed composed."

[db]A.J. McCarron completed 14-of-24 passing for 163 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.

[db]Marquis Maze made four catches for 22 yards while Kevin Norwood hauled in a pair of passes for 60 yards.

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