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SMITH COLUMN: Opening half chance slips through MSU

November 17, 2013

Smith

Lost opportunities are magnified, especially against the No. 1 team in the nation.
When the chances at points come in certain situations, they have to be cashed in.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs didn't do that in the first half Saturday night against the Alabama Crimson Tide and lost a 20-7 decision at Davis Wade Stadium.
MSU's offense did a good job of working its way down the field in the second quarter and had a first down at the 11-yard line.
A completed pass by quarterback Tyler Russell to Jameon Lewis and a 2-yard penalty for a facemask got the Bulldogs to the 2.
The drive stalled for MSU when LaDarius Perkins was stopped for no gain and Russell threw an incomplete pass.
On fourth down, Evan Sobiesk attempted a 23-yard field goal and it went wide right. No points.
Against Alabama, that can not happen.
The Tide took advantage of the situation and scored to increase their lead to 10-0 with 20 seconds left in the first half on a 18-yard pass from AJ McCarron to Brian Vogler.

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