Mississippi State football fans aren’t impressed after the Bulldogs’ defense fell flat against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Despite a pretty respectable day at the office for Mississippi State Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator Kevin Barbay and one half of the Mississippi State football team, the Bulldogs fell short on the road when facing the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Miss. State was handed a tough loss Saturday evening as the Bulldogs fell 37-30 on the road against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Despite a really solid performance from quarterback Will Rogers, some costly turnovers and some exhausting mishaps on defense ended up dooming the Bulldogs’ chances of winning this game.
And now Mississippi State is 2-2 on the season and 0-2 in SEC play.
Some of the biggest concerns with how the Bulldogs have performed over the first third of the season have been centered around the adjustments MSU is making to a new offense. But now more attention is being paid to the glaring issues that MSU’s defense has.
While there were some offseason concerns about the defense replacing a number of starters and key contributors, many seemed content with believing the Bulldogs would be fine on that side of the ball.
For the third week in a row, it’s evident there are weaknesses there. And MSU fans have noticed.
Mississippi State football fans react to porous defense after Bulldogs fall short vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
And because the Bulldogs lost, they’re not thrilled.
It’s worth focusing on how South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler performed. Because that’s a rather noteworthy part of how the Bulldogs ended up falling short vs. the Gamecocks Saturday evening.
Rattler completed 18 of 20 pass attempts (that’s REALLY efficient) for 288 yards and three touchdowns.
MSU couldn’t stop him.
Will Rogers threw for 487 yards and kept the Bulldogs moving forward. Tulu Griffin was unstoppable and set a record. And the Bulldogs lost in large part due to the way their defense was torched.
That’s not great.
This is one of the better passing offenses that the Bulldogs will face this season. MSU won’t have to face quarterbacks as talented as Spencer Rattler on a regular basis. But there are some noteworthy teams that do have good offenses up ahead. And that’s concerning.