Mullen: 'This was not an upset'

Mississippi State spoiled Florida's homecoming Saturday night with a 10-7 win over the No. 22 Gators before 90,517 at Florida Field.


Published: Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 12:06 a.m.

This time, the pupil got the best of the mentor.

Mississippi State spoiled Florida's homecoming Saturday night with a 10-7 win over the No. 22 Gators before 90,517 at Florida Field.

It was a sweet return to The Swamp for Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, UF's offensive coordinator from 2005-08. He led the Bulldogs (5-2, 2-2 SEC) to a narrow win on a night when both offenses struggled to score.

"I said all week I've had success in this stadium," Mullen said. "This is not an upset. Our team expected to win this football game."

Mullen coached under Urban Meyer from 2001-08. Last season, in the first meeting between Mullen and Meyer, Florida beat Mississippi State 29-19 in Starkville, Miss.

Florida (4-3, 2-3 in the SEC) had a chance to send the game to overtime, but Chas Henry missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt with four seconds remaining. Henry, who has taken over kicking duties with starting place-kicker Caleb Sturgis out with a back injury, missed a 38-yard attempt earlier in the game.

"We were getting our overtime plan ready," Mullen said. "I thought our defense did a good job holding up enough to make it a far enough field goal that it wasn't a gimme.

"(I felt) shock when I saw he missed."

Florida has now lost three straight for the first time since the end of the 1999 season. It's UF's longest losing streak in the regular season since dropping four in a row in 1988. It will also be the first time in Meyer's tenure that the Gators won't make the polls.

"We're not very good," Meyer said bluntly and repeatedly.

His players agreed.

"I can't remember any time I lost three games in my whole life," senior center Mike Pouncey said. "This is a tough time."

Florida's seven points scored was its fewest at home since losing 36-7 to LSU on Oct. 12, 2002.

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