|2011 Mississippi State Bulldogs football|
Music City Bowl Champions
|2011 record||7–6 (2–6 SEC)|
|Head coach||Dan Mullen (3rd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Les Koenning (3rd season)|
|Offensive scheme||Spread Option|
|Defensive coordinator||Chris Wilson (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Davis Wade Stadium|
|2011 SEC football standings|
|#19 Georgia x||7||–||1||10||–||4|
|#9 South Carolina||6||–||2||11||–||2|
|#2 LSU x†||8||–||0||13||–||1|
|#1 Alabama ‡||7||–||1||12||–||1|
|Championship: LSU 42, Georgia 10|
|† – BCS representative as champion |
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 9, 2012 • Rankings from AP Poll
The 2011 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team represented Mississippi State University in the college football season of 2011–2012. The team was coached by Dan Mullen, who was in his third season with Mississippi State. The Bulldogs played their home games at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in Starkville, Mississippi, and compete in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They finished the 2011 season with a 7–6 overall play, 2–6 in SEC play, placing 5th in West Division, and were invited for Music City Bowl, where they defeated Wake Forest.
In the week following the Gator Bowl victory, several changes were made to the Mississippi State coaching staff. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Manny Diaz resigned his position to serve in the same position for Texas as the replacement for Will Muschamp. Co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Chris Wilson was promoted to defensive coordinator to replace Diaz on January 10. At that time, Angelo Mirando was promoted from graduate assistant to wide receivers coach to replace Mark Hudspeth who had resigned earlier to accept the head coaching position at UL Lafayette. Geoff Collins was hired on January 12 to serve as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach to fill the vacant position made when Wilson was promoted.
|Dan Mullen||Head coach||3||Ursinus (1994)|
|Geoff Collins||Co-Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers||1||Western Carolina (1992)|
|John Hevesy||Offensive Line, Running Game Coordinator||3||Maine (1994)|
|Tony Hughes||Safeties, Recruiting Coordinator||3||Southern Miss (1980)|
|Greg Knox||Running Backs||3||Northeastern State (1986)|
|Les Koenning||Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks||3||Texas (1981)|
|Angelo Mirando||Wide Receivers||1||Case Western Reserve (2008)|
|Scott Sallach||Tight Ends||3||Ursinus (1994)|
|Melvin Smith||Cornerbacks, Nickelbacks||6||Millsaps (1982)|
|Chris Wilson||Defensive Coordinator||2||Oklahoma (1993)|
|September 1*||7:00 PM||at Memphis||#20||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium • Memphis, TN||SECRN||W 59–14||33,990|
|September 10||11:21 AM||at Auburn||#16||Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL||SECN||L 34–41||87,451|
|September 15||7:00 PM||#3 LSU||#25||Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS||ESPN||L 6–19||56,924|
|September 24*||6:00 PM||Louisiana Tech||Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS||ESPNU||W 26–20 OT||55,116|
|October 1||11:00 AM||at Georgia||Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA||SECRN||L 10–24||92,746|
|October 8*||11:00 AM||at UAB||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||SECRN||W 21–3||28,351|
|October 15||11:21 AM||#15 South Carolina||Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS||SECN||L 12–14||55,418|
|October 29||6:00 PM||at Kentucky||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||SECRN||W 28–16||57,891|
|November 5*†||6:30 PM||Tennessee–Martin||Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS||CSS||W 55–17||55,096|
|November 12||6:45 PM||#4 Alabama||Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS (Rivalry)||ESPN||L 7–24||57,871|
|November 19||2:30 PM||at #6 Arkansas||War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR||CBS||L 17–44||55,761|
|November 26||6:00 PM||Ole Miss||Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS (Egg Bowl)||ESPNU||W 31–3||55,270|
|December 30*||5:40 PM||vs. Wake Forest||LP Field • Nashville, TN (Music City Bowl)||ESPN||W 23–17||55,208|
|*Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
- Schedule Source:
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|BCS||Not released||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR||NR||Not released|
Mississippi State wore new uniforms for the game that featured gold numbers, gold shoes and "Hail State" replacing each of the player's last names on the back of the jersey.
- "Manny Diaz takes job at Texas". Associated Press. ESPN.com. January 5, 2011. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5992859. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- "Wilson Promoted to Defensive Coordinator; Mirando named WRs Coach". Mississippi State University Athletics. MStateathletics.com. January 10, 2011. http://www.mstateathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90889&SPID=10997&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=16800&ATCLID=205072662. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- "Mark Hudspeth hired at La.-Lafayette". Associated Press. ESPN.com. December 12, 2010. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5912732. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- Marcello, Brandon (January 12, 2011). "Collins Hired As MSU Linebackers Coach, Co-Defensive Coordinator". The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson). http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/2011/01/12/collins-hired-as-msu-linebackers-coach-co-defensive-coordinator/. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- "Football Coaching Staff". Mississippi State University Athletics. http://www.mstateathletics.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPSID=90894&SPID=10997&DB_OEM_ID=16800&Q_SEASON=2010. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Memphis Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=312440235. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=312530002. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
- "LSU Tigers vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=312580344. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
- "Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=312670344. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
- "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Georgia Bulldogs Box Score". http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=312740061&confId=8. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
- "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. UAB Blazers Box Score". ESPN.com. October 8, 2011. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=312810005.
- "South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. October 15, 2011. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=312880344.
- "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats Box Score". ESPN.com. October 31, 2011. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=313020096.
- "Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. November 5, 2011. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=313090344.
- "Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. November 12, 2011. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=313160344.
- "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Box Score". ESPN.com. November 19, 2011. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=313230008.
- "Ole Miss Rebels vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. November 26, 2011. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=313300344.
- "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Box Score". ESPN.com. December 30, 2011. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=313640154.
- "2011 Football Schedule". Mississippi State University Athletics. http://www.mstateathletics.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=16800&KEY=&SPID=10997&SPSID=90890. Retrieved February 12, 2011.