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On to the next one: Graves learns from South Alabama miss

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Westin Graves’ life is centered around his faith. The Mississippi State junior kicker holds Isaiah 41:10 as his favorite bible verse. “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God,” the verse reads. Never, perhaps, has Graves clung to that scripture more than…

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Win over South Carolina helps MSU breathe easier

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Finally, the Bulldogs can breathe again. Ever since Mississippi State lost to South Alabama in the season opener, State spent a week longing for the chance to make amends. Following Saturday’s 27-14 win over South Carolina, MSU personnel couldn’t contain their exuberance as they celebrated a victory the team felt it…

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Bulldogs relieve frustration in win over Gamecocks

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com For a week, Mississippi State sat on a season-opening loss to South Alabama. For seven long days, the frustration mounted. Then, on Saturday night, it all boiled over. MSU put forth a dominating effort in its Southeastern Conference opener as the Bulldogs topped South Carolina 27-14 at Davis Wade Stadium. Offensively…

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QB position still not settled as MSU preps for S. Carolina

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Even though Damian Williams played the vast majority of the time in Mississippi State’s season-opening loss to South Alabama last Saturday, MSU’s quarterback situation is far from settled Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen indicated during his weekly press conference on Tuesday. State begins Southeastern Conference play this Saturday in a 6…

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Williams makes his case for starting QB job

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Prior to Saturday’s season-opening game against South Alabama, Mississippi State had a total of one career start among its stable of quarterbacks. It had been nearly three full years since that start took place back when then-true-freshman Damian Williams started in the 2013 Egg Bowl in the place of an injured…

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Ross, Jefferson leading charge to help MSU bounce back

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Games aren’t played on paper. That much was reinforced on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium when South Alabama, a school that didn’t even have a football program eight years ago, came to Mississippi State and shocked the Bulldogs 21-20. MSU had planned to use its game against South Alabama to figure…