Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen wanted to see how his team would respond after a loss.
They responded well as the No. 4 Bulldogs beat Vanderbilt 51-0 Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium.
“I got the question over and over and over, ‘how are you going to respond? How is our team going to respond?'” MSU head coach Dan Mullen said. “We had a great week of practice, that’s all I could give you. It wasn’t coach talk, it was reality. I needed to see how we responded on gameday. I couldn’t be happier with how are guys responded, offense, defense and kicking game.”
The Bulldogs (10-1, 6-1) dropped a 25-20 decision to Alabama last week on the road.
The Bulldogs were led by junior quarterback Dak Prescott. He completed 16-of-21 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns. He hit Malcolm Johnson for a 10-yard touchdown, Josh Robinson for a 14-yard touchdown and Joe Morrow for a 27-yard score.
He rushed for 30 yards and a 4-yard touchdown.
Senior linebacker Christian Holmes scooped up a fumble and returned it 51 yards for at touchdown.
Ashton Shumpert had a 3-yard rushing score and Morrow caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from backup Damian Williams to give him five catches for 79 yards and the two scores.
MSU piled up 502 yards of total offense to Vanderbilt’s (3-8, 0-7) 228.
The Bulldogs are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Oxford to take on in-state rival Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.