Middle Tennessee State-MSU: Official Game Thread

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Quite a few empty seats here at Davis Wade Stadium just before kickoff. Any guesses on what the announced attendance will be?

The new video board is coming together nicely. Supposed to be ready by next Saturday. We shall see.

Today’s MSU captains are QB Tyson Lee, LB Dominic Douglas and backup FS/special teamer Zach Smith. MTSU wins the toss, defers to second half, MSU will receive and move right to left from my vantage point. Game on!

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61 Responses to “Middle Tennessee State-MSU: Official Game Thread”

  1. Brad Locke Says:

    Guess Arceto Clark is your “mystery” player.

  2. Brad Locke Says:

    Dixon just tied Michael Davis for school career TD rushes (27).

  3. Brad Locke Says:

    And now Dixon moves ahead of Davis with a 62-yard dash. 14-3 with 6:13 left in the first.

  4. darkcooger Says:

    14 points in the first quarter? Go Dawgs!

  5. Brad Locke Says:

    To the second quarter, 14-3 MSU but with Middle Tennessee threatening. Dixon’s 62-yard TD run was the Bulldogs’ longest scoring play of the year, with 48 yards to spare.

  6. Brad Locke Says:

    MSU can thank MTSU for that dumb decision. Fourth-and-goal at the 1-foot line, and they settle for a field goal. Pansies. 14-6, 14:16 mark of second.

  7. darkcooger Says:

    I wish I was watching this game. The live stats page is not nearly as exciting… Ah well, the commentary here looks like it may be more interesting (pansies, eh?).

    Where’s everybody else?

  8. darkcooger Says:

    Maybe this is why MTSU didn’t feel like they needed to go for the touchdown earlier? 😛

  9. quark20 Says:

    14-13 now. Dogs defense needs to pull together and stop that passing game.

  10. Brad Locke Says:

    That Eldred King can catch a football. 14-13 after they decided not to go for two. Not a risk-taker, Rick Stockstill.

  11. Brad Locke Says:

    MSU’s pass blocking is just putrid.

  12. darkcooger Says:

    I keep seeing QB hurries on the stats page. Do we even have an offensive line playing tonight?

  13. quark20 Says:

    That has been our problem all year. You can blame whomever you want, coaches or players, for our poor play this year, but it all boils down to our weakest position: Offensive line. You can’t win if you can block, no matter who your QB or coaches are…

  14. quark20 Says:

    *Should be “can’t block”…

  15. Brad Locke Says:

    14-13 at the half, MSU. My thoughts:
    • As mentioned, the pass blocking is putrid.
    • But Tyson Lee is scrambling well.
    • Nice to see MSU hit TWO 20-plus-yard plays on that opening drive, and then finish the drive. And good running by Dixon, when he actually is given holes. Too many negative-yardage runs.
    • Not sure why you’d burn Arceto Clark’s red-shirt for a 2-yard play. Better wear him out now. Stats forthcoming.

  16. Brad Locke Says:

    Homecoming court is being announced. I always hated homecoming in high school, because it meant longer halftimes. Funny to hear only one small portion of fans – sorority chicks – cheering when each person is introduced. Because seriously, what’s the point of this whole exercise?

  17. Brad Locke Says:

    Halftime stats:

    Team
    First downs: MTSU 7, MSU 8
    Rushes-Yards: MTSU 15-35, MSU 19-106
    Passing: MTSU 9-14-0, 132 yards; MSU 9-13-0, 99 yards
    Total yards: MTSU 167, MSU 205

    MSU Individual
    QB Tyson Lee: 9-13-0, 99 yards, 0 TDs
    RB Anthony Dixon: 12-80, 2 TDs
    WR Aubrey Bell: 3-21
    DE Sean Ferguson: 3 tackles, 1 TFL

    MTSU Individual
    QB Joe Craddock: 7-11-0, 99 yards, 1 TD
    QB Dwight Dasher: 2-3-0, 33 yards, 0 TDs; 5-18 rushing
    RB Phillip Tanner: 3-18
    WR Eldred King: 5-94, 1 TD

  18. quark20 Says:

    There is no point. Homecoming courts are ridiculous. It is even more obvious when you look at voter turn-out for such events at MSU…Don’t have the numbers off hand, but maybe someone can find them in an old Reflector or something…

  19. theconquistador2 Says:

    Thank goodness for our “mystery” player. What an idiot….

  20. Brad Locke Says:

    Middle Tennessee will receive the second-half kickoff.

  21. db33 Says:

    Pulls the rs off for one end around that any wr, Delmon for example, could run.

    We’ve done nothing since mid 1st qtr. They made adjustments, we didn’t. Typical crxxm/wxxdy.

  22. darkcooger Says:

    Cheers for consistency? *sigh*

  23. morecowbell Says:

    What did Croom do with Clark as the mystery man?

  24. dawgface52 Says:

    • Not sure why you’d burn Arceto Clark’s red-shirt for a 2-yard play.

    Because Croom is an idiot. Word on the SixPack board is this is Woody’s last game. AU’s oc from last year, Borges, will take over. If true, a lot to look forward to. His last year at Auburn, they ranked 97th in total offense. 😦

  25. morecowbell Says:

    I was guessing that the mystery man would be Pegues with the option package or at least as a slot reciever.

  26. morecowbell Says:

    Borges’ system would not run smooth until the end of the season, but what is running smooth?

  27. morecowbell Says:

    Tennesse is playing pretty tough with Bama down 10 and driving with 40 sec. left in half.

  28. quark20 Says:

    ::sigh:: Come on, dawgs. Pull it together…

  29. Brad Locke Says:

    That drive covered 67 yards on 14 plays, took 4:58 off the clock. A 23-yard field goal by Alan Gendreau, 16-14 MTSU.

  30. darkcooger Says:

    I retract my earlier statement about wishing I could watch this game. I may quit watching the stats, too.

  31. nocowbell Says:

    What happened to the defense?

  32. theconquistador2 Says:

    The defense is no where near as good as many people think it is. It’s taken a big step back, but it’s understandable since we lost our DC and two of our better defensive players to injury and gunfire.

  33. quark20 Says:

    I like Lee’s running ability. Touchdown Dawgs!

  34. Brad Locke Says:

    Nice answer by State, and how about those designed runs for Lee? That drive covered 69 yards in 12 plays, 5:12. 21-16 MSU with 4:30 left in third.

  35. quark20 Says:

    Hello again, Defense. Glad you decided to show up again…

  36. darkcooger Says:

    Looking at the stats, looks like our kicking game is going a little better than normal tonight. Getting averaging 41.2 yards per punt. That’s better than 12.

  37. Brad Locke Says:

    Pegues got whacked good there.

  38. quark20 Says:

    Dixon seems to be playing hard tonight. What is his yardage (give or take) at the moment, Brad?

  39. quark20 Says:

    Nice FG by Carlson.

  40. Brad Locke Says:

    Now 24-16 after Adam Carlson’s 37-yard field goal with 22 seconds left in the third.

  41. Brad Locke Says:

    I think Dixon has 116 yards.

  42. truedog4 Says:

    Has Arceto Clark seen any action since early in the game? I haven’t heard his name called although I may have missed it during a moment when I checked on TV game scores.

  43. Brad Locke Says:

    Third quarter stats:
    • Total yards: MTSU 238, MSU 302
    • Anthony Dixon: 21 carries for 116 yards, 2 TDs
    • Tyson Lee: 13-19-0, 147 yards, 0 TDs
    • Arnil Stallworth: 3 catches, 49 yards

  44. Brad Locke Says:

    I think Clark has seen the field two plays.

  45. truedog4 Says:

    If Clark hasn’t been injured, please promise me, Brad, that you will ask at the Monday press conference why we would burn a redshirt year for such limited use.

  46. quark20 Says:

    Touchdown, Dawgs! 3-TDs for Dixon!

  47. quark20 Says:

    Brad, any word from Byrne if the new scoreboard will be ready by next week or not?

  48. Brad Locke Says:

    That could be a game-clincher there. Three TDs for Dixon, it’s 31-16 with 9:45 left.

  49. db33 Says:

    got to credit Wxxdy for some great trick plays. Why Lee actually didn’t hand off on the zone read and ran it himself! For everyone else in America, that’s a standard play. For us it’s a trick play!

  50. darkcooger Says:

    Well, even an ugly win to a backwoods nobody is a win. Go Dawgs! Also, this puts us on par for an average Croom season.

  51. dawgface52 Says:

    Well at least we won’t have double digit losses this year. 🙂

  52. bmoy Says:

    Good point, face! I would like to see a new HC options could be: Will Muschamp or Brian Stewart. I think either would be great. At least, an improvement.

  53. bantyrooster1 Says:

    Grover from Sesame Street would be an improvement.

  54. bmoy Says:

    HAHA yeah, you have a point, the way things are going my big toe could make better decisions.

  55. carwwest Says:

    crxxm deserves to be shot for taking the entire year away from clark like that…he talks about doing stuff “the right way”…well he totally f*&ked clark by doing that…i wouldnt have cared if we had won by 30, that is selfish and inexcusable….yes, we won but crxxm STILL deserves to be fired tomorrow and we should clean house…it was a one possession game and mtsu gave it to us at the end…call me negative all you want but we still do not show we are making improvements and crxm continues his run of being the dumbest piece of crap coach in america!!!

  56. bmoy Says:

    AMEN, carwwest. Crxxm is screwing up the present and future of State football!

  57. Brad Locke Says:

    Think this was a season-low for game thread comments. Apathy? Because there were barely 40,000 people here.

  58. dadawg Says:

    BL:
    I am afraid it is going to get worse before it gets better…?

  59. dawgface52 Says:

    Not apathy, just pissed off at the stupid decisions our head coach makes.

  60. bmoy Says:

    We just have no more to say than Crxxm is an idiot!

  61. skydawg706 Says:

    Feel state got some lucky breaks for sure – saw few times MTSU had receviers wide open – thank the Lord the dropped them or over thrown.

    Zone works good if you can put/keep pressure on the QB. Notice number 23 got burnt few times – QB looking somewhere else.

    We keep talking about CC and Woody – how about the OL line coach – our OL needs to improve.

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