2008 Mississippi State Bulldogs Football Team
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2008 Mississippi State Bulldogs Football Team

2008 Mississippi State Bulldogs football
Mississippi State Bulldogs logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
2008 record4-8 (2-6 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorWoody McCorvey (5th season)
Offensive schemeWest Coast
Defensive coordinatorCharlie Harbison (1st season)
Home stadiumDavis Wade Stadium (55,082)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 1 Florida x$#   7 1         13 1  
No. 13 Georgia   6 2         10 3  
Vanderbilt   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Tennessee   3 5         5 7  
Kentucky   2 6         7 6  
Western Division
No. 6 Alabama x%   8 0         12 2  
No. 14 Ole Miss   5 3         9 4  
LSU   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   2 6         5 7  
Auburn   2 6         5 7  
Mississippi State   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Florida 31, Alabama 20
    1. – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team represented Mississippi State University during the 2008 college football season. The team's head coach was Sylvester Croom. The Bulldogs played their six home games in 2008 at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in Starkville, Mississippi and finished with a 4-8 overall record.

Croom resigned at the end of the season and on December 10, Mississippi State hired Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen.[1]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 305:45 p.m.at Louisiana Tech*ESPN2L 14-2225,224
September 66:00 p.m.SE Louisiana*W 34-1041,938
September 136:00 p.m.No. 9 Auburn
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS
ESPN2L 2-355,082
September 2012:00 p.m.at Georgia Tech*RaycomL 7-3848,402
September 276:30 p.m.at No. 5 LSUESPN2L 24-3492,710
October 111:30 p.m.No. 13 Vanderbilt
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS
PPVW 17-1443,619
October 186:00 p.m.at TennesseePPVL 3-3498,239
October 256:00 p.m.Middle Tennessee*dagger
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS
ESPNUW 31-2240,024
November 11:30 p.m.Kentucky
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS (rivalry)
PPVL 13-1440,168
November 156:45 p.m.at No. 1 AlabamaESPNL 7-3292,138
November 221:30 p.m.Arkansas
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS
W 31-2842,056
November 2811:30 a.m.at No. 25 Ole MissRaycomL 0-4555,231
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released week prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
  • Rankings indicate opponent's position in AP Poll as released week prior to game. Schedule Source:[2]

Game summaries

Louisiana Tech

1 234Total
MSU Bulldogs 7 700 14
LT Bulldogs 3 6103 22

Last Meeting: September 21, 1996, L 23-38
Series Record: MSU leads 7-2

Southeastern Louisiana

1 234Total
Lions 3 007 10
Bulldogs 7 13140 34

Last Meeting: Never Met
Series Record: Never Met

Auburn

1 234Total
Tigers 0 300 3
Bulldogs 0 002 2

Last Meeting: September 15, 2007, W 19-14
Series Record: MSU trails 23-56-2


Georgia Tech

1 234Total
Bulldogs 0 007 7
Yellow Jackets 14 7107 38

Last Meeting: October 5, 1929, L 13-27
Series Record: MSU trails 0-2


LSU

1 234Total
Bulldogs 3 0147 24
Tigers 10 7710 34

Last Meeting: August 30, 2007, L 0-45
Series Record: MSU trails 33-65-3


Vanderbilt

1 234Total
Commodores 0 707 14
Bulldogs 3 077 17

Last Meeting: October 2, 2004, L 13-31
Series Record: MSU leads 10-7-2


Tennessee

1 234Total
Bulldogs 0 300 3
Volunteers 0 6721 34

Last Meeting: October 13, 2007, L 21-33
Series Record: MSU trails 15-27-1


Middle Tennessee

1 234Total
Blue Raiders 3 1036 22
Bulldogs 14 0107 31

Last Meeting:October 28, 2000,W 61-35
Series Record: MSU leads 2-0


Kentucky

1 234Total
Wildcats 0 0140 14
Bulldogs 7 006 13

Last Meeting: October 27, 2007, W 31-14
Series Record: MSU trails 15-20


Alabama

1 234Total
Bulldogs 0 700 7
Crimson Tide 5 71010 32

Last Meeting: November 10, 2007, W 17-12
Series Record: MSU trails 18-71-3


Arkansas

1 234Total
Razorbacks 14 077 28
Bulldogs 7 1077 31

Last Meeting: November 17, 2007, L 31-45
Series Record: MSU trails 5-12-1


Ole Miss

Egg Bowl
1 234Total
Bulldogs 0 000 0
Rebels 24 777 45


Last Meeting: November 23, 2007, W 17-14
Series Record: MSU trails 39-59-6


Statistics

Mississippi State Overall Team Statistics (as of Oct 11, 2008)

Team

Statistics[3] Mississippi State Opponents
Scoring 183 296
Points per game 15.2 24.7
First downs 187 200
Rushing 69 95
Passing 108 89
Penalties 10 16
Total offensive yards 3,312 3,990
Avg per Game 276.0 327.5
Rushing 1,220 1,811
Passing 2,092 2,119
Fumbles-Lost 19-8 20-8
Penalties-Yards 68-544 76-643
Average per game 45.3 53.6
Statistics Mississippi State Opponents
Punts-Yards 82-3,099 66-2,671
Average per punt 37.8 40.5
Average ToP/game 30:15 29:45
3rd down conversions 58-178 59-168
3rd down percentage 33 35
4th down conversions 8-18 10-11
4th down percentage 44 91
Touchdowns scored 23 35
Field goals-Att-Long 7-13-42 17-25-20
PAT-Att 22-23 33-34
Attendance 260,716 411,944
Average 43,453 68,657

Scores by quarter

1 2 3 4 Total
Mississippi State 48 47 38 50 183
Opponents 76 60 78 82 296

Offense

Rushing

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Anthony Dixon 12-12 197 930 61 869 4.4 7 71 72.4
Christian Ducre 12-1 56 234 12 222 4.0 2 20 18.5
Robert Elliott 4-0 18 65 4 61 3.4 1 15 15.2
Tyson Lee 11-8 62 228 191 37 0.6 1 18 3.4
Wesley Carroll 7-4 18 54 72 -18 -1.0 0 20 -2.6
Jamayel Smith 12-4 2 13 10 3 1.5 0 9 0.2
Wade Bonner 12-0 7 11 1 10 1.4 0 3 0.8
Brandon Hart 12-2 4 9 0 9 2.2 1 4 0.8
Chris Relf 2-0 7 20 33 -13 -1.9 0 10 -6.5
Eric Hoskins 11-4 1 3 0 3 3.0 0 3 0.3
Brandon McRae 12-10 1 0 1 -1 -1.0 0 0 -0.1
Marcus Green 2-1 1 0 3 -3 -3.0 0 0 -1.5
TEAM 8-0 8 0 30 -30 -3.8 0 0 -3.8
Total 12 397 1645 425 1220 3.1 13 71 101.7
Opponents 12 443 2055 244 1811 4.1 19 88 150.9

Passing

Name GP-GS Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Tyson Lee 11-8 112.96 153-260-5 58.8 1519 7 41 138.1
Wesley Carroll 7-4 85.17 55-115-7 47.8 560 3 50 80.0
Chris Relf 2-0 34.36 2-9-0 22.2 13 0 12 6.5
TEAM 8-0 0.00 0-1-0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0
Total 12 102.53 210-385-12 54.5 2,092 10 50 174.3
Opponents 12 115.40 169-324-8 52.2 2119 13 87 176.6

Receiving

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Brandon McRae 6-4 33 302 9.2 2 24 50.3
Aubrey Bell 6-5 19 171 9.0 0 22 28.5
Christian Ducre 6-1 11 91 8.3 1 24 15.2
Jamayel Smith 6-2 8 120 15.0 0 41 20.0
Co-Eric Riley 6-1 8 75 9.4 0 26 12.5
Delmon Robinson 4-0 7 84 12.0 0 25 21.0
Eric Hoskins 5-1 5 36 7.2 0 14 7.2
Anthony Dixon 6-6 5 22 4.4 0 12 3.7
Robert Elliott 4-0 4 53 13.2 0 19 13.2
Arnil Stallworth 6-0 4 45 11.2 0 29 7.5
Brandon Henderson 6-0 2 11 5.5 1 7 1.8
Marcus Green 2-1 1 50 50.0 0 50 25.0
Brandon Hart 6-2 1 8 8.0 0 8 1.3
Wade Bonner 5-0 1 6 6.0 0 6 1.2
Austin Wilbanks 4-2 1 1 1.0 1 1 0.2
Total 6 110 1,075 9.8 5 50 179.2
Opponents 6 65 829 12.8 4 70 138.2

Defense

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total

Special teams

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Blake McAdams 35 1,261 36.0 53 0 12 8 0
Adam Carlson 2 50 25.0 28 0 0 1 0 18 1,016 56.4 0 1
Eric Richards 3 190 63.3 0 0
Total 37 1,311 35.4 53 0 12 9 0 21 1,206 57.4 0 1
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Total

Coaching staff

Name Responsibility Position Group Year Alma Mater
Sylvester Croom[4] Head Coach 5th University of Alabama (1975)
Woody McCorvey[5] Asst. Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator Quarterbacks 5th Alabama State University (1972)
Charlie Harbison[6] Defensive Coordinator Safeties 2nd Gardner-Webb University (1995)
Reed Stringer[7] Special Teams Coordinator Tight Ends 5th Delta State University (2001)
Rocky Felker[8] Recruiting Coordinator Running Backs 7th Mississippi State University (1972)
J.B. Grimes[9] Offensive Linemen 5th Henderson State University (1977)
David Turner[10] Defensive Linemen 2nd Davidson University (1985)
Melvin Smith[11] Cornerbacks 3rd Millsaps College (1982)
Pat Washington[12] Wide Receivers 2nd Auburn University (1987)
Louis Campbell[13] Linebackers 1st University of Arkansas (1973)
Ben Pollard[14] Head Strength & Conditioning Coach 2nd Texas Tech University (1984)
Brad Pendergrass[15] Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations 5th University of Tennessee (1998)
Ryan Hollern[16] Coordinator of Recruiting Operations 2nd Gannon University (2001)

References

  1. ^ Talbott, Chris (December 10, 2008). "Dan Mullen new Mississippi State football coach". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ Mississippi State Football - 2008 Schedule
  3. ^ "Mississippi State Combined Team Statistics". Mississippi State University Athletics. October 11, 2008. Archived from the original on November 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  4. ^ "Sylvester Croom - Head Football Coach". Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Archived from the original on September 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  5. ^ "Woody McCorvey - Assistant Head Coach". Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved 2008.
  6. ^ "Charlie Harbison - Assistant Coach". Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Archived from the original on September 20, 2011. Retrieved 2008.
  7. ^ "Reed Stringer - Assistant Coach". Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012. Retrieved 2008.
  8. ^ "Rocky Felker - Assistant Coach". Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012. Retrieved 2008.
  9. ^ "J.B. Grimes - Assistant Coach". Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Archived from the original on September 9, 2012. Retrieved 2008.
  10. ^ "David Turner - Assistant Coach". Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012. Retrieved 2008.
  11. ^ "Melvin Smith - Assistant Coach". Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Archived from the original on September 18, 2012. Retrieved 2008.
  12. ^ "Pat Washington - Assistant Coach". Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved 2008.
  13. ^ "Louis Campbell - Assistant Coach". Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved 2008.
  14. ^ "Ben Pollard - Head Strength Coach". Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Archived from the original on October 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  15. ^ "Brad Pendergrass - Assistant AD". Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Archived from the original on September 20, 2011. Retrieved 2008.
  16. ^ "Ryan Hollern - Football Coordinator". Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Archived from the original on September 20, 2011. Retrieved 2008.

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