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WARDLAW COLUMN: Despite 38-8 loss, Bulldogs having a notable season

October 28, 2012


The Mississippi State Bulldogs took their win streak on the road to Tuscaloosa feeling they were inching closer to the top of the nation's top conference.

Regardless of Saturday's 38-7 loss to the Crimson Tide, there are still some impressive notesthat will make MSU fans proud. 

The Bulldogs’ 7-1 start is the best start through eight games since 1999 (8-0).

Mississippi State ‘s 17 passing touchdowns this season are tied for third most in a single season in school history.

State had its most passing yards against Alabama since passing for 262 yards in 2000.

Head Coach Dan Mullen has yet to be shutout in 46 games as MSU head coach, the third-longest stretch without being shutout in school history (90 from 1978 to 1986; 76 from1990-1997; 45 from 1997-2001).
The 16-play, 97-yard drive in the third quarter was the longest drive for the Bulldogs this season.

Thanks to the MSU defense, Alabama went three-and-out on three-straight possessions for the first time since Jan. 7, 2010 against Texas in the 2010 BCS Title Game.

Senior linebacker Cameron Lawrence finished the night with 10 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack for the Bulldogs. In his last two games overall, Lawrence has 16 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

MSU senior wide receiver Chad Bumphis passed Robert Isaac (2,933) for 10th all-time in school history in career all-purpose yards (2,938).

Junior quarterback Tyler Russell passed Chris Relf (3,297) for eighth all-time in school history in career passing yards (3,411).

Senior wide receiver Chris Smith tallied three catches for a season-high 73 yards, becoming the first MSU player with three or more catches in six-straight games since Chad Bumphis did it in seven-consecutive games from Nov. 21, 2009 to Oct. 9, 2010.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Benardrick McKinney tallied his first career sack in the second quarter for the Bulldogs for a loss of 13 yards.
Here is one final note.

I wanted to take a moment to thank the faithful Bulldog fans who've followed my days covering the Bulldogs for the Starkville Daily News and various other MSU news outlets over the past 10 years. I've thoroughly enjoyed covering my alma-mater while hopefully sharing the stories behind Mississippi State athletics and the athletes who proudly wear the Maroon and White.

My family has been presented with an opportunity in Charleston, S.C., and soon we'll be making the trek to the 'low country', taking with us many fond memories of Mississippi State and the Starkville community.

And even though we will live among Gamecocks and Tigers our children will be raised as Bulldogs. 

Farewell State fans and Go Dawgs.

Michael Wardlaw ended his tenure as the Mississippi State beat writer for The Starkville Daily News with the coverage of Saturday night's game in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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