October 7, 2009

Mullen talking Houston

Mississippi State's defense prepared all of last week for the unique option attack of Georgia Tech.

Now the Bulldogs have to switch gears to get ready for the nation's best passing attack facing Houston and Heisman hopeful quarterback Case Keenum.

"It was more of a culture shock last week for us," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "We run a little option ourselves but not to the extent of the wishbone that Georgia Tech runs. This week it's kind of a complete opposite end of the spectrum going against a team that is going to throw it 70 times over the course of the game and the speed and tempo they are going to have to snap the ball. I think that is one of the toughest things for your scout team to try to emulate."

The embattled Bulldog secondary will be tested early and often by the Houston offense. The Cougars are leading the country with 573.2 total yards per game including 446 yards through the air. Coming into Satruday's game, State's secondary is allowing 190.8 yards passing to their opponents.

"They are going to have their work cut out for them obviously," Mullen said. "They are going from a fill in the run responsibility and react to playaction last week to all of the different wide receiver combinations and formations that they are going to throw at us. We still have a lot of work with the secondary just getting them in the right positions, getting them to play the ball in the air and getting them to make the plays that we need them to make for us to win."

Last week in a 58-41 loss to UTEP, Keenum completed a career-high 51-of-76 passing for 536 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

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