2008 POSTGAME NOTES

GAME 1
Jackson State at Mississippi State Saturday, September 5, 2009 Davis Wade Stadium Starkville, Miss.

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

FOOTBALL

ATTENDANCE : 54,232 TEAM
• • • • • • • • Today’s game captains were Jamar Chaney, Marcus Washington, Tyson Lee and Derek Sherrod. Mississippi State won the opening coin toss and elected to receive. The Start of the game was postponed 32 minutes due to lightning. The Bulldogs extended their winning streak against FCS opponents to five games. The Bulldogs won their season opener for the first time since defeating Murray State in 2005. Mississippi State tallied 45 points which was the most since posting 51 points against Jacksonville State in 2002. Today’s attendance of 54, 232 was the third largest in school history. The Bulldogs scored 21 points in a quarter today for the first time since 2007 when they scored 21 points in the fourth quarter vs. UAB.

INDIVIDUAL
• • • First-career start and action for Chad Bumphis, Sylvester Hemphill and Addison Lawrence. O’Neal Wilder also made his first-career start. Also making their first-career starts were Charles Mitchell, Damein Anderson, Chris White, Pernell McPhee and Brandon Cooper. First-career receiving touchdown for WR Chad Bumphis and first -career passing touchdown by QB Chris Relf when they connected on a 14-yard touchdown strike with 9:12 remaining in the first quarter. The duo connected again with 3:33 left in the third quarter for a 7-yard touchdown. • • In the second quarter, Heath Hutchens punted 42 yards to collect his first career punt for the Maroon and White. With 48 seconds remaining in the first half, Chris Relf finished off a 79-yard drive by recording his first-career rushing touchdown from 5 yards out. Relf is the first Bulldog quarterback to throw for three passing touchdowns and rush for a touchdown in the same game since Kevin Fant accomplished the feat vs. Oregon in 2003. • • • • • DB Charles Mitchell recorded his first career interception with 13:31 left in the third quarter off a Trae Rutland pass and returned it 17 yards for a score. RB Robert Elliott posted his second-career rushing touchdown on a 7-yard carry with 13:07 left to go in the third quarter. With 8:15 left in the third, TE Marcus Green recorded his first-career touchdown reception when he caught a pass from QB Chris Relf from 19 yards out. Sean Brauchle made the first field goal of his career when he put a 25-yard kick through the upright with 13:47 left in the game. With 3:34 left to go in the game, DB Corey Broomfield intercepted a Trae Rutland pass and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown. The interception and touchdown are both firsts for Broomfield. He becomes the first player to return an interception for a touchdown since Anthony Johnson ran one back 100 yards against Alabama in 2007. • Dan Mullen becomes the fourth straight Mississippi State head coach to win his coaching debut.

September 5, 2009 Jackson State Game Postgame Quotes
Opening Comments... “I was really, really proud of our guys. It is obviously an honor as a football coach to walk away with a win. I will forever be indebted to this team for giving me that great honor. They came out and played hard; they focused all week and did a heck of a job. Carl Tourbush and our whole defensive staff did a great job preparing those guys. We bent a little there at the end but we were able to get something done that we wanted to do and that was get people playing time. We want to have a defense that is deep, that we can rotate when we play in the Southeastern Conference. We have to be able to roll guys through, and I was proud of everybody that stepped a foot on the field in the defensive side. Offenseively, we have a ways to go. It was a really sloppy first half. You go through our first half with two turnovers, a touchdown called back on a penalty, and serveral other false start penalties and holding penalties. Two of our drives result in missed field goal; that is not the offense execution that we need. I was pleased with our guys and the way they came out in the second half. They competed and clean some things up. We started to execute much better and settle in. We have a lot of work to do offensively between now and next Saturday to get ourselves ready to go on the road to play down at Auburn. Special teams wise, I was pleased with the way it went besides the two missed field goals. I think our kickoff team really set the tone to start the second half with the field position that we held them pinned back. That put our defense out on the field with Jackson State inside their own 20. Our special teams did not put our defense in a bad situatuon, and I was really pleased with that. Sean (Brauchle) then came out and made a couple kicks as the game went on and got some of those first-game jitters out. It was an unbelievable atmosphere out there. I would like to thank the student body; they obviously showed up. This place was obviously packed before kick-off. The rest of our fans showed up and supported it and it is awesome being a part of an historic game like that, and I hope we have more of these games to show the pride that the people have in this state and show the support that they have in their football teams. Also, give their kids credit. They fought hard for four quarter. I wish them the best, and I hope the represent this state really well on their way to winning a conference championship this year.”

HEAD COACH DAN MULLEN

On Anthony Dixon... “Anthony Dixon was suspended today as part of his continued discipline as in result from his actions in July. This was not the only step of his discipline, nor is it one that we have taken lightly. Anthony has also been enrolled in counciling and will continue that process. Over the past few weeks, Anthony has done everything our team has asked of him to work his way back on to the field. He will remain on our team probation throughout the rest of the fall, but we look forward to having him back next week at Auburn.” On the overall Quarterback Play and Tyson Lee’s health status... “They said Tyson was having some shoulder spasms in the second half, and they said he

September 5, 2009 Jackson State Game Postgame Quotes
could have played in the second half if we wanted him to. We had been rotating a lot early, and Chris had done a nice job so we thought why even bother with it right now and let Tyson rest.”

HEAD COACH DAN MULLEN

September 5, 2009 Jackson State Game Postgame Quotes
Chad Bumphis FR. Wide Receiver... On Offense in First Half and Adjustment... “The offense was real shaky at the start, and once we went in the locker room at half time and made adjustments the offense was fine. The defense played great but the offense was just kind of shaky at the beginning.” On Playing with Injured Ankle... “My ankle felt great. It did not bother me, not at all. When I was out I was still working out. I was pretty much lifting weights the whole time I was out. Every time we had meetings I was over there listening. The coaches called it mental rest because I was resting but when I got back I was right there with everybody.” On First Catch and Touchdown and Emotions... “For me it was crazy. That first catch I just went blank. My whole body went numb. I saw open field and I pretty much forgot all the technique I have been taught, like tucking the ball away, and I am sure I will hear about that.” On Expectations Entering Today’s Game... “Senior wide receivers like Brandon McRae were pretty much telling me everything and how everything would go today. I know I was real nervous at the team dinner last night but I knew I would be. Coach’s faith in us means a lot. It says a lot about him and the trust he has in us young guys. Brandon and I are the two H’s and we look at it as a compliment.” Jamar Chaney SR. Linebacker... On Impact of Rain Delay... “Coach Mullen and Coach Balis did a good job of keeping us ready. We just went in there and relaxed a little bit and stayed loose. The delay had no effect on me, but of course when you go out there and get all excited and are ready to play, then they tell you there is a 30-minute rain delay the emotions probably went down a little bit. ” On Overall Game... “It was the first game of the season and you do not really know what to expect then. We played a lot of freshmen out there, and a lot of redshirt freshmen, and it was there first time to play out there. I think after they got the feel for the game, they came back for the second half and were a lot more ready to play.”

MSU PLAYER QUOTES

September 5, 2009 Jackson State Game Postgame Quotes
On Historical Significance of Game with Jackson State... “This game meant a lot. It will probably be the biggest game in Mississippi this year. I remember this summer people were asking me about tickets so they could come to this game. When I was walking through the Dog Walk before the game I thought that was probably the most people I had seen at the Dog Walk before any game.” Chris Relf, Quarterback On Nervousness During Game... “I was real nervous when I first got out there, but I had to be there for my team. I had to be a leader for my team, so I just went out there and gave 100%. I knew I was going to play a lot, but then Tyson got hurt so I just had to step up and be a leader.” On Adjustments to Offense at Halftime... “Coach told us at halftime that we just had to come back out and execute in the second half. We just did not execute that well in the first half so we had to do that in the second half. We had to step it up in the second half. That was really the main thing I had to do.” On Offense in First Half and Adjustment... “The offense was real shaky at the start, and once we went in the locker room at half time and made adjustments the offense was fine. The defense played great but the offense was just kind of shaky at the beginning.” On Playing with Injured Ankle... “My ankle felt great. It did not bother me, not at all. When I was out I was still working out. I was pretty much lifting weights the whole time I was out. Every time we had meetings I was over there listening. The coaches called it mental rest because I was resting but when I got back I was right there with everybody.” On First Catch and Touchdown and Emotions... “For me it was crazy. That first catch I just went blank. My whole body went numb. I saw open field and I pretty much forgot all the technique I have been taught, like tucking the ball away and I am sure I will hear about that.” On Expectations Entering Today’s Game... “Senior wide receivers like Brandon McRae were pretty much telling me everything and how everything would go today. I know I was real nervous at the team dinner last night but I knew I would be. Coach’s faith in us means a lot. It says a lot about him and the trust he has in us young guys. Brandon and I are the two H’s and we look at it as a compliment.”

MSU PLAYER QUOTES

OPPONENT HEAD COACH Rick Comegy
September 5, 2009 Jackson State Game Postgame Quotes

Opening comments... “Well, I am disappointed as far as total numbers. Give them (Mississippi State) a lot of credit for taking advantage of a lot of our mistakes. I thought we started off good in the first half, but after that we played in our own backyard too much. When we did that, their talent took over. Their coaching staff did a nice job with some adjustments. We tried to stop the option, and they came back and threw a touchdown. We just keep pushing now and move on down the road.” On the play of his team’s defense... “I thought they played well. We have a lot to build on. They worked hard today, and we have a lot to build I think as we go through the rest of the season.” On how this game prepares his team for the rest of the season... “We played a good quality team with good quality players. We came up here and Mississippi State gave us everything we were looking for. With the great speed that Tennessee State has, I think it was good to see the speed and athleticism today in Mississippi State to help prepare us for that.” On the play of senior quarterback Trae Rutland... “I think he did good. He was spotty at times. I think we can help him out though by getting the plays in a little quicker. I know he can do better than he did today. We can really help him make better checks and calls at the line if we shuffle our plays in quicker and do little things like that.” On the next step for his football team... “We just need more work. Today was our first time under real game conditions. We will get better, and we will make adjustments to make us a better football team.”

September 5, 2009 Jackson State Game Postgame Quotes
Quarterback Tray Rutland Quarterback Trae Rutland On His Team’s Overall day “Didn’t turn out how we would have liked it, but it was a good experience for our team. It was a good matchup today; they are an SEC team. We expected to come out and have better results, but we are going to get better from this. We still have to compete in the SWAC.” On Mississippi State Defense “They didn’t do anything we didn’t expect them to do. It was just a lot of mental mistakes and a lot of unnecessary penalties that held us back.” On What The Team Will Take Away From The Game “We are going to get better; we have a great team. Like I said, Mississippi State was the better team today. They have been seeing way better teams than us, but we had it in our minds that we were going to give them a hard fight. We are going to get better from this.” On His Play “It was up and down. Not like I hoped it would be. I was all fired up coming into the game. It was a great experience for me because this is the school I came from, and it was a nice experience coming back, but I wish we could have had better results.” On Coming Back To MSU “It was the night before the game, and I spoke to all the guys. They came out to the field. After the game, we talked it up. I knew I wanted to play hard. I knew they were going to play hard because a lot of those guys are my friends. It was a good experience.”

OPPONENT PLAYER QUOTES

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