STARKVILLE, Miss. – Finally, the wait is over.
Mississippi State opens its 99th season of football at Scott Field on Saturday against in-state foe Alcorn State.
Kickoff is set for 2:35 p.m. CT on CSS. Jim Ellis, Matt Wyatt, and John Correro will provide the radio call on the Mississippi State Radio Network and through satellite radio on Sirius and XM (channels 132 & 198).
The Bulldogs (0-1) look to bounce back from a 21-3 setback last weekend against top 15-ranked Oklahoma State in the Advocare Texas Kickoff. MSU turned in an impressive defensive effort in Houston, holding the Cowboys’ high-powered offense to almost four touchdowns fewer than their scoring average of 46.0 in 2012.
|GENERAL GAME INFO
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 - 2:30 p.m. CT
Where: Starkville, MS
Facility: Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field
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Deontae Skinner (10 tackles), Benardrick McKinney (eight), and Dee Arrington (seven) paved the way for a Bulldog defense that recorded eight tackles for loss despite injuries to several defensive starters over the course of the game.
Alcorn State (1-0) hopes to continue its winning ways after a 63-12 victory against Edward Waters last weekend in Lorman. The Braves jumped out to a 49-6 halftime lead and never looked back, recording 280 yards rushing and seven rushing touchdowns.
The only meeting between the two teams came in 2010, as MSU netted almost 600 yards of total offense in a 49-16 victory over the Braves. Chad Bumphis and Vick Ballard alone combined for five touchdowns and 290 offensive yards on the day.
Under Head Coach Dan Mullen, Mississippi State is averaging 50.0 points per game in home opening victories with an average win margin of 42.0 points. The Bulldogs have never lost to an opponent from the SWAC and have started 0-2 only three times in the last 30 years.
Gates to Davis Wade Stadium will open three hours (11:30 a.m.) before kickoff, a change from previous years due to the ongoing construction at the stadium. Fans are encouraged to welcome the team to the stadium at the Dawg Walk at 12:15 p.m. and to visit the C Spire Wireless Fan Zone across from The Junction from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Following this week’s home opener, MSU will open Southeastern Conference play next week on The Plains in a road showdown at Auburn. Kickoff at Jordan-Hare Stadium is slated for 6 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU. The game’s radio broadcast can also be heard on the Mississippi State Radio Network.
MSU officials caution fans about heat, provide bottled water
Due to the predicted high temperatures on Saturday when the Mississippi State Bulldogs welcome the Alcorn University Braves in MSU's home opener at Davis Wade Stadium, MSU President Mark E. Keenum and Athletics Director Scott Stricklin urge caution to our fans and guests.
"In partnership with Clark Beverage Group and Learfield Sports, we will be offering free bottled water to our fans outside gates A, D and L while supplies last." said Keenum. "We appreciate the generosity of our friends at Clark Beverages and Learfield Sports making this possible, along with Aramark and the MSU Athletics Department."
Keenum urged fans to take reasonable precautions against the heat. "We all need to stay hydrated, utilize sunscreen, and dress comfortably and appropriately for the high temperatures," he said.
MSU will, as always, maintain emergency services and first responders in the stadium and fans are urged to follow the signs in Davis Wade Stadium to access medical attention via text or other means and to contact ushers or security if assistance is needed.