(WLOX) - The Southern Miss Golden Eagles had their wings clipped by South Carolina on Thursday.
Coach Larry Fedora says his team was back on the practice field Friday and didn't look that good but picked up the tempo in Sunday's practice.
He says the players and coaches will be ready for Saturday's home opener against Prairie View at 6.
Coach Fedora knows his defense has got to pick up its pace and get after the quarterback. The Gamecocks had a field day throwing the football in a 41 to 13 victory.
Fedora says he expects more out of junior wide receiver DeAndre Brown of Ocean Springs.
At Monday's press conference he questioned Brown's effort saying, "I want him to step up and be the player he can be. You know, practice that way also. I mean that's what he needs to do."
He added, "If you look at his game from the other night he was, wasn't anything thing. Nothing special on his part. Wasn't even average to be honest with you."
Ole Miss is still in a daze following Jacksonville State's come-from-behind overtime victory against the Rebels on Saturday.
Nutt said, "You know it was a lot of, a lot of hurt feelings. A lot of....you expected that. You want that. You want it to hurt. But I know we have a good football team, I know we've got a good football team. We've got to get going and get back out on the football field."
Coach Houston Nutt says he and his players are looking forward to Saturday's game at Tulane.
Kickoff 8:00 p.m. in the Superdome.
While Southern Miss and Ole Miss hit the skids, Mississippi State under second year head coach Dan Mullen, ripped the Memphis Tigers 49 to 7 Saturday in Starkville.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Russell was exceptional in his Bulldogs debut. He completed 13 of 16 passes for 256 yards and tied a school record tossing four touchdowns.
His passer rating of 298-point 1-5 leads the nation.
Mississippi State steps up in competition, a home game against the 1 and 0 Auburn Tigers Thursday night at 6:30 on national television. Tigers coach Gene Chizik expects a tough test from the Bulldogs.
"Boy you can see an unbelievable amount of improvement in their team. Got a high level of respect for what coach Mullen is doing over there, " Auburn coach Gene Chizik said at Monday's press conference.
He added, "We've got our work cut out for us. It's tough to play in Starkville. It's going to be a very important game for both sides. It's going to be hard fought battle."
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen says despite a great performance by his two quarterbacks the offense has to improve in all facets.
The Bulldogs won't have as much time to prepare for the Tigers since the game is set for Thursday.