September 15, 2008
Croom's Monday Teleconference
Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom knows his team was one executed play away from pulling an upset against No. 9 Auburn on Saturday.
But in turn, the Bulldogs just could not seem to get anything going offensively and had one critical error in a missed field goal that ultimately cost them in a 3-2 loss to open conference play.
"We had a tough loss against a good football team in Auburn," Croom said during his Monday morning teleconference. "Our kids played awful hard throughout the course of the game. They played excellent defense and we were very good in the kicking game except for one play when we mishandled the field goal. Our players on offense played hard but we didn't play smart a lot of times."
With only 116 total yards of offense and 0-for-13 in third down conversion against the Tigers, Croom questioned whether his offense was too sophisticated for his players to execute.
"The first thing that happens when you have a game like that, the first thing I do is look at myself and say 'hey, am I asking guys to do too much?'," Croom said. "I studied the film over and over all weekend and no I don't think we asked them to do too much. There is no excuse for what happened but I've got to get it squared away."
Croom said he is sticking with the west coast offense despite gaining only 78 yards passing, 38 yards rushing and six first downs on Saturday.
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