2014 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

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2014 Mississippi State Bulldogs football
Mississippi State Bulldogs logo.svg
Orange Bowl, L 34–49 vs. Georgia Tech
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Western Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 12
AP No. 11
2014 record 10–3 (6–2 SEC)
Head coach Dan Mullen (6th season)
Co-offensive coordinator Billy Gonzales (1st as co-OC, 2nd overall season)
Co-offensive coordinator John Hevesy (1st as co-OC, 6th overall season)
Offensive scheme Spread option
Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins (4th season)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Davis Wade Stadium (Capacity: 61,337)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 14 Missouri x   7 1         11 3  
No. 9 Georgia   6 2         10 3  
Florida   4 4         7 5  
Tennessee   3 5         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         7 6  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8         3 9  
Western Division
No. 4 Alabama x$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 11 Mississippi State   6 2         10 3  
No. 17 Ole Miss   5 3         9 4  
No. 22 Auburn   4 4         8 5  
LSU   4 4         8 5  
Texas A&M   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   2 6         7 6  
Championship: Alabama 42, Missouri 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team represented Mississippi State University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Dan Mullen, who was in his sixth season with Mississippi State. The Bulldogs played their home games at the newly expanded and renovated Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

The 2014 season was one of the most successful seasons in Mississippi State's 110-year football history. In mid-October, they shot to #1 in the polls for the first time in school history, and the highest that any FBS team in Mississippi had been ranked at that late date in the season in half a century. They ultimately finished 10–3, the second 10-win regular season in school history. They netted a berth in the Orange Bowl, the second major-bowl appearance in school history, where they were defeated by Georgia Tech.

Before the season[edit]

Previous season[edit]

The 2013 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team finished 7–6, defeating Rice in the Liberty Bowl. The Bulldogs' conference victories included a narrow win over Kentucky, an overtime road win at Arkansas, and an overtime thriller over rival Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.

It was the Bulldogs' fourth straight bowl season, the first time in school history a team had accomplished this feat. The 2013 Bulldogs averaged 434 yards per game on offensive, the highest output in school history.

Departing players[edit]

Key losses for the Bulldogs included:

Preseason prognostication[edit]

The Bulldogs were picked to finish 5th in the SEC West by a vote of 229 media writers at the 2014 SEC Media Days,[1] while Athlon Sports[2] and NBC Sports[3] both picked the Bulldogs to come in sixth.

Roster and staff[edit]

2014 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 De'Runnya Wilson So
WR 4 Jameon Lewis Sr
WR 5 Fred Brown So
TE 6 Malcolm Johnson Sr
RB 7 Nick Griffin Sr
WR 8 Fred Ross So
QB 10 Josiah Phillips Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 10 Brandon Holloway So
QB 11 Damian Williams So
WR 12 Robert Johnson Sr
RB 13 Josh Robinson Jr
QB 14 Elijah Staley Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 15 Dak Prescott Jr
WR 16 Joe Morrow Jr
QB 17 Nick Fitzgerald Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 18 Brandon Hill Sr
ATH 19 Zak Neary Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 19 Gus Walley So
RB 27 Aeris Williams Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 32 Ashton Shumpert So
ATH 33 Boderick Oliver Fr
RB 33 Dontavian Lee Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 35 Gabe Myles Fr
RB 37 Bennie Braswell III Fr
TE 53 Hunter Bradley So
ATH 54 Lawrence Brown Redshirt.svg So
OL 56 Nick Proby Jr
OL 58 Justin Senior So
OL 59 Archie Muniz Sr
OL 60 Jamaal Clayborn So
OL 61 Deion Calhoun Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 62 Devon Desper So
OL 63 Dillon Day Sr
OL 64 Jocquell Johnson Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 66 Ben Beckwith Sr
OL 70 Justin Malone Jr
OL 71 Cole Carter So
OL 73 Elgton Jenkins Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 74 Kent Flowers Fr
OL 75 Blaine Clausell Sr
OL 76 Jake Thomas Fr
OL 77 Rufus Warren Jr
OL 78 Damien Robinson Injured Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 79 Ronald Cochran Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 80 Shelby Christy Fr
WR 81 Jamoral Graham Fr
WR 83 Kareem Vance, Jr. Fr
TE 84 Darrion Hutcherson Jr
TE 85 Rashun Dixon Fr
WR 86 Jesse Jackson Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 87 B.J. Hammond Fr
TE 88 Aaron Hamaker Redshirt.svg Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 2 Will Redmond Jr
DB 3 Jay Hughes Sr
LB 4 Gerri Green Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 5 Jamerson Love Sr
DB 9 Justin Cox Sr
DB 11 Kivon Coman So
DB 13 Cedric Jiles Injured So
LB 14 Zach Jackson Jr
DB 17 Deontay Evans So
DB 18 Tyrell Miller Jr
DB 20 Brandon Bryant Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 22 Matthew Wells Sr
DB 23 Taveze Calhoun Jr
DB 24 Chris Rayford Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 25 Jahmere Irvin-Sills Fr
DB 26 Kendrick Market Jr
LB 28 DeAndre Ward So
LB 29 Quadry Antoine So
ATH 30 Brandon Wells Fr
DB 31 Tolando Cleveland So
DB 32 Brandon Davis So
DL 34 Cory Thomas Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 39 Richie Brown So
LB 42 Beniquez Brown So
LB 44 Christian Holmes Sr
LB 45 J.T. Gray Fr
LB 46 Dezmond Harris Fr
DL 47 A.J. Jefferson So
DL 48 Ryan Brown Jr
DL 49 Torrey Dale So
LB 50 Benardrick McKinney Jr
LB 51 Kelan Chairs Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 57 Will Coleman Jr
DL 67 Rodney Lacy So
DL 88 Nick James So
DL 90 Grant Harris Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 91 Preston Smith Sr
DL 92 Kaleb Eulls Sr
DL 93 P.J. Jones Sr
DL 94 Nelson Adams So
DL 95 Braxton Hoyett Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 96 Chris Jones So
DL 98 Curtis Virges Sr
DL 99 John Harris Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 35 Westin Graves Fr
LS 38 Winston Chapman Jr
K/P 40 Devon Bell Jr
K 41 Evan Sobiesk So
K/P 43 Logan Cooke Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Billy Gonzales (Co-OC/Wide Receivers) – 2nd year
  • John Hevesy (Co-OC/Offensive Linemen) – 6th year
  • Brian Johnson (Quarterbacks) – 1st year
  • Greg Knox (Running backs) – 6th year
  • Scott Sallach (Tight ends) – 6th year
  • Geoff Collins (DC/Linebackers) – 4th year
  • Tony Hughes (Safeties) – 5th year
  • Deshea Townsend (Cornerbacks) – 2nd year
  • David Turner (Defensive Linemen) – 2nd year

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: May 3, 2015

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 6:30 p.m. Southern Miss* Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS SECN W 49–0   61,889
September 6 1:00 p.m. UAB* Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS SECRN W 47–34   57,704
September 13 3:00 p.m. at South Alabama* Ladd Peebles StadiumMobile, AL ESPNews W 35–3   38,129
September 20 6:00 p.m. at No. 8 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) ESPN W 34–29   102,321
October 4 11:00 a.m. No. 6 Texas A&M No. 11 Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS ESPN W 48–31   61,133
October 11 2:30 p.m. No. 2 Auburn No. 3 Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS CBS W 38–23   62,945‡
October 25 2:30 p.m. at Kentucky No. 1 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY (Rivalry) CBS W 45–31   64,791
November 1 6:15 p.m. Arkansas No. 1 Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS ESPN2 W 17–10   62,307
November 8 3:00 p.m. Tennessee–Martin*dagger No. 1 Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS SECN W 45–16   61,421
November 15 2:30 p.m. at No. 5 Alabama No. 1 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) CBS L 20–25   101,821
November 22 6:30 p.m. Vanderbilt No. 4 Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS SECN W 51–0   60,493
November 29 2:30 p.m. at No. 18 Ole Miss No. 4 Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS (Egg Bowl) CBS L 17–31   62,058
December 31 6:30 p.m. vs. No. 10 Georgia Tech* No. 8 Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, FL (Orange Bowl) ESPN L 34–49   58,211
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[4]
  • ‡ New Davis Wade Stadium Attendance Record

Southern Miss[edit]

Southern Miss at Mississippi State
1 234Total
Golden Eagles 0 000 0
Bulldogs 7 21147 49
Source:[5]
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–14–1 (14–12–1 on the field)* 1990 Mississippi State, 13–10

*Mississippi State won the games on the field in 1975 and 1976, but were later forced to forfeit the games by the NCAA due to an NCAA rules violation in which offensive lineman Larry Gillard received a 33 percent discount at an Okolona, Mississippi clothing store.[6][7][8]

UAB[edit]

UAB at Mississippi State
1 234Total
Blazers 3 1777 34
Bulldogs 13 13210 47
Source:[9]
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 2011 Mississippi State, 21–3

South Alabama[edit]

Mississippi State at South Alabama
1 234Total
Bulldogs 7 2170 35
Jaguars 0 300 3
  • Date: September 13
  • Location: Ladd–Peebles Stadium
    Mobile, AL
  • Game start: 3:00 PM CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 38,129
  • Game weather: 86 °F (30 °C), Partly cloudy, Winds NNE 7 mph
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (ESPNews): Mike Couzens (Play-by-play) & Rene Ingogila (Color)
Source:[10]
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2012 Mississippi State, 30–10

Louisiana State[edit]

Mississippi State at #8 LSU
1 234Total
Bulldogs 14 3143 34
Tigers 0 3719 29
Source:[11]
Overall record Last meeting Result
33–71–3 2013 LSU, 59–26

Texas A&M[edit]

#6 Texas A&M at #12 Mississippi State
1 234Total
Aggies 7 3714 31
Bulldogs 14 14137 48
Source:[12]
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–4 2013 Texas A&M, 51–41

Auburn[edit]

#2 Auburn at #3 Mississippi State
1 234Total
Tigers 0 1373 23
Bulldogs 21 7010 38
Source:[13]
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–61–2 2013 Auburn, 24–20

Kentucky[edit]

#1 Mississippi State at Kentucky
1 234Total
Bulldogs 10 71414 45
Wildcats 7 3147 31
Source:[14]
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–21 2013 Mississippi State, 28–22

Arkansas[edit]

Arkansas at #1 Mississippi State
1 234Total
Razorbacks 3 700 10
Bulldogs 0 737 17
Source:[15]
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–15–1 2013 Mississippi State, 24–17 OT

Tennessee–Martin[edit]

Tennessee–Martin at #1 Mississippi State
1 234Total
Skyhawks 3 0013 16
Bulldogs 7 17147 45
Source:[16]
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2011 Mississippi State, 55–17

Alabama[edit]

#1 Mississippi State at #5 Alabama
1 234Total
Bulldogs 0 3314 20
Crimson Tide 5 1406 25
Source:[17]
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–76–3 2013 Alabama, 20–7

Vanderbilt[edit]

Vanderbilt at #4 Mississippi State
1 234Total
Commodores 0 000 0
Bulldogs 13 2477 51
Source:[18]
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–7–2 2009 Mississippi State, 15–3

Mississippi[edit]

#4 Mississippi State at #18 Ole Miss
1 234Total
Bulldogs 0 377 17
Rebels 7 0177 31
Source:
Overall record Last meeting Result
43–61–6 2014 Mississippi State, 17–10 OT

Georgia Tech–Orange Bowl[edit]

#8 Mississippi State vs. #10 Georgia Tech
(Orange Bowl)
1 234Total
Bulldogs 0 20014 34
Yellow Jackets 14 7217 49
Source:
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–4 2009 Georgia Tech, 42–31

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP RV RV RV RV 14 12 3 (2) 1 (45) 1 (43) 1 (46) 1 (45) 1 (48) 4 4 10 8 11 
Coaches RV RV RV RV 16 14 6 1 (26) 1 (36) 1 (41) 1 (40) 1 (41) 4 4 10 8 12 
CFP Not released 1 1 1 4 4 10 7 Not released

Following MSU's win over Auburn, the team was ranked Number 1 in the AP Poll for the first time in the program's history. That also marked "the fastest [rise to the top] in AP Top 25 history."[19] The previous mark was six weeks by Ohio State in 1954.[20] The Bulldogs also became the first ever team to be ranked number 1 in the newly created College Football Playoff Poll when the initial poll was released on October 28, 2014.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Casagrande, Michael (July 17, 2014). "SEC preseason media poll picks Alabama over Auburn to win league title". AL.com. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lassan, Steven (January 16, 2014). "Early SEC Football Predictions for 2014". Athlon. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ Taylor, John (August 18, 2014). "CFT 2014 Preseason Preview: SEC Predictions". Athlon. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ "2014 Mississippi State Bulldogs Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Mississippi State Bulldogs (August 30, 2014)". Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. August 30, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION and Walter Byers v. Larry J. GILLARD, by and through Bob Tyler, as next friend, and Mississippi State University. Supreme Court of Mississippi. December 7, 1977.
  7. ^ "NCAA Orders Mississippi State to Forfeit 19 Football Games". Lakeland Ledger. May 24, 1978. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ Mississippi State vs Southern Mississippi @ Winsipedia
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  10. ^ "Mississippi State Bulldogs at South Alabama Jaguars (September 13, 2014)". Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. September 13, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Mississippi State Bulldogs at LSU Tigers (September 20, 2014)". Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. September 20, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Texas A&M Aggies at Mississippi State Bulldogs (October 4, 2014)". Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. October 4, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kentucky Wildcats (October 25, 2014)". Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Arkansas Razorbacks at Mississippi State Bulldogs (November 1, 2014)". Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. November 1, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Tennessee–Martin Skyhawks at Mississippi State Bulldogs (November 8, 2014)". Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. November 8, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Mississippi State Bulldogs at Alabama Crimson Tide (November 14, 2014)". Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. November 14, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Vanderbilt Commodores at Mississippi State Bulldogs (November 22, 2014)". Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. November 22, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  19. ^ Vander Voort, Eric (October 12, 2014). "Mississippi State Completes Fastest Ascent to No. 1 in AP Top 25 History". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Mississippi State No. 1 in AP poll". ESPN. October 12, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  21. ^ Tracy, Marc (October 28, 2014). "Mississippi State Leads College Football Playoff Committee's First Rankings". The New York Times. Retrieved October 29, 2014.