- - - - like him or not, former - mississippi state head football- coach dan mullen must've left - the program in good - shape... with first-year head - man joe moorhead on the - cusp of matching the team's - 20-17 win total... in the - outback bowl.
- the bulldogs are taking an- overall record of 8-4 into the- new year's day affair, versus - iowa... going on win number - nine.
- and with this being m-s-u's - ninth consecutive - bowl game appearance... moorhea- has a standard to - maintain, on the other side of- the coaching change.- today, he addressed that during- the outback bowl's- de-bartolo contract singing - party... at raymond james - stadium... in tampa, florida.
- - "if we're fortunate enough to win the - game it'll be back-to-back- nine-win seasons.
And certainly- for me as a first-time head - coach - in the sec and particularly in- the sec west, to win nine games- in your first - season i think that's a - testament to our staff and our- players.
And we'll be graduatin- a - bunch of guys on the defensive- side of the ball and the extra- practice time is great, - invaluable for our young guys - that get extra reps.
So i think- winning the game- obviously provides a bunch of - positive momentum heading into- recruiting and- certainly spring ball as well."
- - - the bulldogs and hawkeyes will- celebrate new year's day, at 11- a-m... on e-s-p-n-2.-