The Bulldogs, who opened the season with a 44-34 win at defending nationwide champion LSU and an SEC-record 623 passing yards, failed to attain on offense and had six interceptions towards Kentucky. Mississippi State dropped its second straight sport after final week’s 21-14 dwelling loss to Arkansas, which snapped a 20-game SEC dropping streak.
“We’ll need to verify a few of our group and determine who actually desires to play right here,” Leach stated after the Kentucky loss, “as a result of any malcontents, we will need to purge a few these.”
Mississippi State outgained Kentucky 296-157 and held the ball for almost 35 minutes. Kentucky had an eight-yard interception return for a landing and had two different scoring drives of solely 22 yards and two yards. Quarterback K.J. Costello, who shined within the opener, threw 4 interceptions earlier than being changed by freshman Will Rogers, who twice was intercepted.
“We did not play collectively in any respect,” Leach stated. “You possibly can actually say all issues. We have to determine a approach to clear that up. Their three guys up entrance can constantly beat our 5. Our receivers didn’t constantly catch the ball. … We turned the ball over, which was a byproduct of the quarterback’s eyes not being in the best place.”
Requested if Costello, a graduate switch from Stanford, would stay Mississippi State’s starter, Leach stated, “We’ll have to return and have a look and see.”
Leach additionally pointed to poor offensive line play, penalties and dropped passes as points that plagued Mississippi State’s offense towards Kentucky. He stated the Bulldogs practiced properly however did not translate their efficiency to the sport, noting that the offense’s issues are “unit huge.”
“Offensively, we’re not teaching very properly proper now,” Leach stated. “We’ve to educate higher. Should you have a look at this sport, almost each drawback that we have now was self-inflicted. With a variety of respect to Kentucky, however one self-inflicted wound after the following. I have been in a lot video games the place we did not drop any balls. I do not know what number of balls we dropped however I misplaced depend.”
Mississippi State returns dwelling subsequent week to face No. 21 Texas A&M.
“We have to develop into a greater offense,” Leach stated. “We have a brand new system, we have got some youth and inexperience, and we have simply received to stay collectively and coach our manner via it.”