October 6, 2010

Mullen talking Cougars

Mississippi State continues its preparations for this week's game against Houston.

The Cougars rallied back with two fourth quarter touchdowns to win last year's meeting 31-24 in Starkville. Riding a two-game winning streak, Dan Mullen hopes his team will continue its winning ways in the Lone Star State.

"We have had a good week of practice and have some momentum from the last two games," Mullen said. "This is a big game for us. It's a team that we played close last year and really played well against. We turned the ball over and had some critical penalties at critical times. Our defense collapsed a little giving up a bunch of points to them in the fourth quarter. We're going to have to play real well because they are an explosive offense that we are playing this week."

In the 2009 meeting, Houston rolled up 553 yards of offense including 434 yards through the air by quarterback Case Keenum. But the disappointment for Mullen was his team's four turnovers, three of which were inside the red zone.

"It was very frustrating," Mullen said. "We had a lot of opportunities to win the game. We had some critical penalties and some late turnovers. We kind of contained their high scoring offense for three quarters and then let them explode in the fourth quarter. We just didn't play a complete football game and had plenty of opportunities to win. I think that we very, very frustrating for our guys to have opportunities and not take advantage of them and let it get away from us."

Both Keenum (torn ACL) and backup Cotton Turner (broken clavicle) are out for the year with injuries leaving the Cougars with freshmen Terrance Broadway and David Piland to take over.



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