Dan Mullen: Identifying His Top 10 Wins at Mississippi State

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Sep 20, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs wide receiver Jameon Lewis (4) celebrates in the endzone after a touchdown against the LSU Tigers during the third quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Number 2: 2014 at LSU

Entering the 2014 season, people thought the Bulldogs might be able to take a slightly smaller step forward under Dan Mullen. but due to the Bulldogs’ performance in big games and how often they came up short, some were hesitant to go out on a limb for the Bulldogs.

The setup
Mississippi State was 3-0 on the young season, but largely untested. The Bulldogs had one of the best opportunities they were ever going to have to make a statement against the LSU Tigers in Death Valley. The Bulldogs had only beaten the Tiger two times since 1991, and Dan Mullen had yet to beat a top 10 team since he had been the coach at Mississippi State. There were a lot of monkey that would jump off the backs of the coaches and players if the Bulldogs could pull out a win.

LSU looked the part of a top 10 team. They had already beaten a good Wisconsin team. And Mississippi State, a team the Tigers never lost to was in Death Valley. No real reason to worry for the Tigers or their fans.

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  • The result
    Mississippi State came out firing in this game. Mississippi State scored the first 17 points of the game, and entered half time up 17-3.

    Dak Prescott would make his only real mistake in this game on the opening drive of the second half. He fumbled the ball and it was returned for a touchdown and cut the lead down to 7. This was normally where Mississippi State would fold. But on the next possession, Dak Prescott would break loose on a 56 yards touchdown run and put the Bulldogs back in control.

    The Bulldogs extended the lead to 34-10 at the start of the 4th quarter and looked like they had the game wrapped up. A Kenny Hilliard touchdown run early in the fourth cut the lead to 34-18 but the Bulldogs were still in control.

    During the last 4 minutes of the game the Bulldogs got lazy and began subbing and started making error after error. The Tigers eventually cut the lead to 34-29 and had a Hail Mary to win the game get picked off. Despite the scare in the closing moments, the Bulldogs won the game and began a swing of games like the school had never seen before.

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