MSU-USM Football Notes

By: MSU Media Relations
By: MSU Media Relations

Mississippi State begins its 115th year of football as the Bulldogs renew an in-state rivalry with
Southern Miss at 6:30 p.m. CT Saturday in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. The game will be
the first primetime Saturday contest in SEC Network history.
• MSU is coming off a 2013 season after winning the final three games to finish 7-6, including the
Egg Bowl (17-10) and Liberty Bowl over Rice (44-7). It was the first three-game winning streak to
a close a season for MSU since 1974. The Bulldogs advanced to a bowl game for the fourth straight
season, a first in program history.
• The Bulldogs return 27 offensive letterwinners that help shatter seven school team records
last season: total yards (5,647), yards per game (434.4), passing yards (3,178), first downs (305),
completions (253), passing yards per game (244.5) and completion percentage (59.0).
• On defense, MSU returns 27 letterwinners and 15 players who started at least one game last
season. In 2013, that unit ranked in the SEC’s top five statistically in total defense (fourth - 349.3
ypg), rushing defense (fourth - 144.2 ypg), third down defense (fourth - 35.0 percent), pass defense
(fifth - 205.2) and interceptions (fifth - 14). MSU held its final three opponents to an average of
11.3 ppg.
• MSU and Southern Miss are meeting for the first time since Sept. 22, 1990 when the Bulldogs
won 13-10 in Starkville. USM leads the all-time series 14-12-1, but MSU owns an 8-6-1 mark at
home against the Golden Eagles.
• Junior QB Dak Prescott, a national player of the year candidate, is MSU’s leading returning
passer (176.4 ypg) and rusher (75.4 ypg). Prescott leads all returning SEC quarterbacks in career
rushing touchdowns (17) and yards (947). His .588 career completion percentage is tops at MSU.
• Senior WR Jameon Lewis is the SEC’s leading returning receiver in yards after recording 923 on
64 catches a year ago. Lewis caught five touchdowns and tallied 446 yards on kickoff returns.
• Junior LB Benardrick McKinney, a national defensive player of the year candidate, is MSU’s
leading returning tackler with 71 in 2013. He also was tops in tackles for loss (7.0) and sacks (3.5).
• Head coach Dan Mullen begins his sixth season with the program. At 36-28, he is just one
victory away from third place in MSU all-time wins. Mullen is the winningest coach at MSU since
1956 with a .563 percentage. Prior to his arrival, MSU was 21-42.


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