STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Instead of the losing coming to an end, it has turned into an extended slide for Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs have lost seven of nine games dating back to last season, including Saturday's 24-20 loss to Auburn. It's been a humbling and frustrating stretch for a program that has been to three straight bowl games under fifth-year coach Dan Mullen.
Now Mullen is trying correct a myriad of issues.
The offense has been inconsistent all season and quarterback Tyler Russell has missed the past two games because of a concussion sustained against Oklahoma State. On the defense, injuries in the secondary have forced the Bulldogs to use several young players, and that inexperience has led to occasional breakdowns.
Mississippi State (1-2) hosts Troy (2-1) on Saturday in a nonconference game.