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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Mississippi State's offense has life

By Edward Aschoff

The bye week seems to have really helped Mississippi State's offense.

The Bulldogs went into halftime with a 21-6 lead over Kentucky, and after a 13-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Russell to Malcolm Johnson, Mississippi State is up 28-9.

Russell has looked like a new quarterback, passing for 169 yards and a touchdown, while Chris Relf has done well when he's been in. He has 92 yards passing and a touchdown and also has two rushing touchdowns.

After the third quarter, Mississippi State has 357 offensive yards. The only real issue Mississippi State has had is turning the ball over. Mississippi State has three in this game.

But the inept offense we watched for weeks hasn't shown up tonight for the Bulldogs.

The Wildcats are struggling to move the ball against this Mississippi State defense and have Maxwell Smith in at quarterback for Morgan Newton. Smith has looked pretty good at times, but the Bulldogs haven't given him many opportunities to make a lot of plays.