NC State coach Dave Doeren praises Mississippi State's fans for being 'very respectful'
Davis Wade Stadium can be a challenging place to play for visiting teams. Mississippi State fans make sure there’s a raucous environment with plenty of cow bells ringing for the entirety of games.
However, it seems those fans are appreciated even by teams going up against the Bulldogs.
NC State is playing 4 of its first 5 games at home this season. Its lone road contest during that stretch came Sept. 11 at Mississippi State, a matchup in which the Bulldogs defeated the Wolfpack, 24-10.
And although it’s been nearly 2 weeks since that game, the Mississippi State fans made enough of an impression on NC State head coach Dave Doeren that he praised them when he was asked about the difference between playing at home and on the road while speaking to the media on Tuesday.
“I didn’t feel like Mississippi State’s crowd was a negative crowd towards our team,” Doeren said. “They were actually very respectful. I mean they’re loud, you know, the cowbells and all that. But they’re not a team that, there’s some places you go where the whole game, you’re getting MF from their sideline to your bench like the whole game. And that’s not how that game was.”
The Bulldogs have capitalized on their home-field advantage so far in 2021, as they opened the season with back-to-back wins over Louisiana Tech and NC State. However, they dropped their first road contest, falling at Memphis this past Saturday.
This week, Mississippi State will be back home as it hosts LSU for its SEC opener. The Bulldogs and Tigers are set to kick off at noon ET on ESPN.