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Back to the grind for Bulldogs after open date

September 30, 2012

Mississippi State enjoyed a bye week during week five of the college football season, leaving a Saturday open for head coach Dan Mullen to take a day away from the grind.

“I played with my son and my daughter, hung out with my wife, (and) had a good time,” said Mullen.

Stepping away from football doesn’t mean he didn’t keep an eye on the action.

“I got to see some of (the games) here and there in between eating dinner, playing catch and shooting some hoops,” Mullen said. “It was a big offensive day. Sometimes in games you have a shootout one week and a defensive battle the next week.”

The menu of games included this week’s Southeastern Conference opponent Kentucky as they dropped a home decision to South Carolina. The Wildcats dominated the first half only to let the Gamecocks storm back in the second half.

That left room for concern for Mullen.

“You watched them last night against a top six team, (and) we’re going to have our hands full,” Mullen said. “South Carolina had their hands full. If (Kentucky) could have scored right before the half, it could have been a different game.

“We’re certainly going to have our hands full, I know if our players watched them, they know what they’re getting into.”

Mississippi State will return to the practice field today to begin the implementation of the Wildcat game plan after a week of returning to the basics.

“Just our overall tempo of practice and our demeanor (was the focus of last week), not just the older guys but the younger guys," Mullen said. "It was understanding how hard we expect everybody to go all the time, and I think we got that cleaned-up with some of the guys with what our expectations are from top-to-bottom.

“We got a lot of people work and a lot of people coached-up.”

The 4-0 Bulldogs look to continue their winning ways against Kentucky. The first conference road game of the season kicks off at 11:21 a.m. It will be broadcast as part of the SEC Network broadcast and locally by WCBI in Columbus.

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