September 1, 2008

Bulldogs pull double-duty on Labor Day

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Instead of taking the Labor Day holiday off like most of the country, the Mississippi State Bulldogs put in twice their usual amount of work.

Coming off the heels of Saturday's disappointing loss at Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs went back to the gridiron with two practices on Monday working with a morning and afternoon session.

"We got a lot of work done this morning," said MSU head coach . "I thought the concentration was there. I thought we moved around pretty good. I didn't expect it to be any different."

State worked mainly on special teams during their a.m. session and continued with their usual Monday routine but inside the Palmeiro Center.

After reviewing the film over the weekend, Croom saw plenty to critique his team on but felt there were 18 specific instances that cost them the win.

"Some things happened in the game the other night that I've been worried about all season," Croom said. "We've handled adversity around here for a long time. But handling success in the offseason, even little things concerned me. We haven't had a game before where we had 10 penalties, three turnovers and five critical errors. That is 18 plays. You're not going to win against a good YMCA team with 18 plays. It's just not going to happen. We haven't done that in the worst of time and that's disappointing because we did some good things."

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