December 7, 1999 |
Step by step, with perseverance and attention to detail, coach Sharon Fanning is building a winner in women's basketball at Mississippi State. Two years ago, the Lady Bulldogs reached postseason play for the first time when they received a bid to the women's National Invitation Tournament. Last season, they went 17-11 for the best winning percentage in school history and reached the NCAA Tournament. And now, another milestone. Mississippi State, 6-0 with a victory over Louisiana Tech, made the Associated Press poll for the first time yesterday, joining the rankings at No. 25. "That target on you keeps getting bigger and bigger as you get successful," Fanning said.
September 9, 2012 |
Tyler Russell threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Green caught two touchdown passes, and Mississippi State beat Auburn, 28-10, Saturday in Starkville, Miss. Auburn briefly took a 10-7 lead when Onterio McCalebb returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to open the second half, but Mississippi State responded with 21 straight points. Auburn struggled through an awful offensive performance. Kiehl Frazier completed 13 of 22 passes for 125 yards, three interceptions and two lost fumbles.
March 21, 2007 |
Somebody finally solved the riddle of how to neutralize Florida State's Al Thornton. Mississippi State forced him to the bench with early foul trouble, then shouldered its way into the NIT semifinals with a frenetic, 86-71 win over the visiting Seminoles last night. "We went at him, forced him to guard us and got some calls," Mississippi State coach Rich Stansbury said. Jamont Gordon had 16 points and seven assists for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs (21-13) held Thornton, one of college basketball's most dynamic players, to 22 minutes and 16 points for the Seminoles (22-13)
September 16, 2011 |
Jarrett Lee completed 21 of 27 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown, and No. 3 Louisiana State defeated No. 25 Mississippi State, 19-6, on Thursday night in Starkville, Miss. Lee was the unexpected star, firing conservative but nearly perfect passes all over the field. His 19-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle with 11 minutes, 56 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter gave LSU a 16-6 lead. His only mistake was an interception minutes later, but as it had all game, LSU's defense stuffed Mississippi State with little trouble.
October 30, 2014
COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S new playoff era finally arrived last night. You could tell, because ESPN treated it almost like the Vatican was naming a Pope. As if we expected anything less. So for starters, what did we learn from the replacement for those much-maligned BCS Standings? Well, the 12-person Selection Committee, which on Dec. 7 will tell America the four teams that will be in the inaugural FBS tournament, had Mississippi State and Florida State first and second. No shock there, since the only two remaining unbeatens from one of the Power Five conferences are rated that way in both the media (Associated Press)
October 17, 2014 |
SO, WHAT'S harder to fathom: that Mississippi State's football team in 5 weeks went from unranked to No. 1 for the first time ever, or that its coach somehow made it to Starkville by way of beautiful, downtown Collegeville, where some two decades ago he was a tight end for Ursinus College? "I've yet to meet anybody in Mississippi who can pronounce [Ursinus] the first time," said Dan Mullen, whose Bulldogs just became the first team in more than 30 years to beat three Top 10 opponents in succession.
March 16, 2002 |
Mario Austin withstood McNeese State's best shot. Then, Mississippi State's star forward started to give out a few of his own. Austin bulldozed through defenders for 14 straight points during a 7-minute, first-half stretch to rally No. 3-seeded Mississippi State from an eight-point deficit to a 70-58 victory over No. 14 McNeese State in the first round of the Midwest Regional. He finished with 25 points and nine rebounds. McNeese State coach Tic Price tried stopping Austin with an assortment of defenders, but it didn't matter.
March 25, 1996 |
Tradition? At Mississippi State? Perhaps the memory of Jackie Sherrill and that castrated bull pops into your mind. Oops, wrong sport. Nevertheless, in the biggest thing to hit beautiful Starkville, Miss., in a long time, maybe ever, the basketball team is headed to its first Final Four. And forget about all of those "Ernest Goes to Times Square" lines. The Bulldogs are hardly gate-crashers. Not when you beat teams ranked No. 1 (Kentucky), No. 3 (Connecticut) and No. 7 (Cincinnati)
November 20, 2014 |
MISSISSIPPI STATE, which had been No. 1 in the first three College Football Playoff polls, finally lost on Saturday at Alabama. So you figured there would be some movement in Week 4. And there was. Alabama moved up from fifth to the top spot. It's the first time the Crimson Tide has been in the first four. MSU, meanwhile, slipped to fourth. Which means if the inaugural playoff started tomorrow, the Bulldogs would still be in. And that's all that really matters. Oregon and Florida State, the lone remaining major unbeatens unbeaten (sorry, Marshall)
March 17, 1996 |
The immutable laws of the basketball universe - that man's reach can exceed his grasp, but not his vertical leaping ability - were back in effect last night in the NCAA Southeast Regional. After a one-game deviation in which Princeton took UCLA to school in the first round here, there is order in the hoops world again. Mississippi State, the Southeastern Conference tournament champion, proved unwilling to become the next charm on Princeton's Phi Beta Kappa keychain. The Bulldogs, fifth-seeded in the region, easily outdistanced Princeton, 63-41, in a game that never really was in doubt after the first few minutes.