September 25, 2008
History has no effect on Croom
History has not been kind to Mississippi State when it comes to facing the LSU Tigers.
It has been eight years since the Bulldogs were last victorious against the Bayou Bengals and have been outscored by an average of 45-6 in those contests. In fact MSU has not won in Baton Rouge, the site of Saturday's game, since 1991.
But with the historic deck stacked against them, Bulldog head coach Sylvester Croom is not concerned about what has happened in the past.
"There always has to be a first time to change things," Croom said. "We've been in this situation in building our program the first time we went and beat Alabama and the first time we beat Auburn last year. When you have some mental toughness, you can't dwell on past activities. None of that has any effect on what happens on Saturday. This team has to decide on what it is going to do this week and this Saturday during that three and half hour period there. That's really all that matters. History has no effect on what happens this week."
To pull of the upset, Croom would like to have the services of junior running back Anthony Dixon. Dixon has been plagued by an injured groin that has limited his effectiveness the past two losses against Auburn and Georgia Tech.
"Hopefully he is getting well," Croom said. "I still don't think he is back at 100-percent yet. It's definitely hurt us when he is not there and not being full speed. We need him back at full speed and need him back playing well. When he is back playing well then we have a chance to develop into a good football team."
Croom stated that his squad is healthy heading into Saturday's game. The Bulldogs had several players such as Derek Pegues, Keith Fitzhugh, Dominic Douglas and Michael Gates sustain injuries this past week against Georgia Tech.
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