Football coaches often preach responsibility. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen took the blame on Monday for a game-changing penalty in Saturday’s 21-19 loss to LSU.
In the final seconds of the SEC West thriller, Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott took a delay of game penalty, which pushed the Bulldogs back to the Tigers 34-yard line. After an incomplete pass, Mississippi State was forced to try a 52-yard field goal attempt, which was wide right.
Talking about where the original kick (47 yards) would have been from and why it was so costly, Mullen said on Monday that in retrospect, he should have tried to make the attempt easier rather than looking for a bigger play down field.
“That was on me. That was me trying to go 10 yards instead of the four yards,” Mullen told a group of reporters on Monday.
The Bulldogs will aim to redeem themselves this Saturday against Northwestern State. On paper, the game looks like a cupcake for Mississippi State, but Mullen said his team needs to prepare and execute at a high level in order to win.
Mississippi State's Devon Bell can't hit the game winning field goal attempt from 51 yards, LSU wins 21-19 https://t.co/ct2e1XJlku
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