STARKVILLE, MS (AP) - Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen isn't surprised his team came out sluggish during Saturday's game against Alabama-Birmingham.
He's just glad it didn't cost them a victory.
The Bulldogs, playing as a nationally ranked team for the first time since 2001, rallied for a 29-24 victory after trailing early in the fourth quarter. Though there were plenty of sloppy moments, Mullen said the film showed key plays were made when they had to happen.
Now that the thrill of being ranked has subsided, Mullen expects No. 23 Mississippi State (6-2, 2-2 SEC) to be more focused as it prepares for Kentucky (4-4, 1-4) on Saturday.
The Bulldogs have won five straight.