Most football coaches will tell you a balanced offensive attack is key to a successful season, but not Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen.
The Bulldogs threw 41 passes, and ran the ball just 21 times on Saturday against Auburn. They gained only 56 rushing yards, but were able to earn the victory behind their 270 yards through the air.
Mullen said in his press conference on Monday that he likes to throw the ball, and that the word “balance” has never come up in a coaching meeting.
“We’re going to do what we have to do to win,” Mullen said to reporters Monday.
The Mississippi State coach also explained that opposing defenses have prioritized stopping the run against them, which opens up passing opportunities.
With one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the SEC, it’s pretty hard to argue with Mullen. Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott has completed 66.9 percent of his passes this season, averaged 7.5 yards per attempt and has a touchdown pass in 18 straight games.
Mullen says that the word "balance" hasn't been discussed during their offensive meetings
— loganlowery (@loganlowery) September 28, 2015
Mullen concerned with lack or running: I'm not concerned. We’re going to do what we’re going to do.
— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) September 28, 2015
Mullen says a lot of people are trying to stop the run first against them and they are just throwing it.
— Ben Wait (@bcwait) September 28, 2015