Mississippi State football

Mississippi State running back Nick Gibson (21) reacts as time runs out during the second half of Saturday night's game.

AUBURN, Ala. –  It’s not something the Mississippi State Bulldogs had not seen before.

When the Bulldogs lost a 56-23 decision to the Auburn Tigers on Saturday night, it continued a trend for MSU on the Plains.

In their last five losses, the Bulldogs had put themselves in a big hole and tried to dig out. In 2009, MSU gave up 14 points in the first quarter. It did the same in 2011 and 2017 and in 2013 State was down 11-0.

Not all of those losses were created equal, but all had the common theme of a bad start that didn’t do the Bulldogs any favors. The one on Saturday was different than the others in that they went down by three touchdowns in the first 6 minutes of the game and the game was virtually out of hand before they could blink.

For more on MSU, see the notebook in Sunday's Starkville Daily News.

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