STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State's Greg Williams says the Bulldogs' entire defensive unit should share in any accolades for their impressive showing last Saturday against Louisiana State.
The Bulldogs sacked LSU quarterback Alan Risher 10 times for a total loss of 93 yards while posting a 17-9 Southeastern Conference victory in Baton Rouge. They held the Bengals to a negative-eight yards rushing, the second lowest total yards rushing against a Mississippi State team in school history.
The lowest was a minus-10 yards by Florida earlier this year.
Williams, a 185-pound free safety, had 10 primary tackles and two assists while teammate Billy Jackson, at defensive end, had eight primary tackles and two assists.
For their performance, Williams and Jackson were selected UPI's co-Southeast defensive players of the week.
The Southeast offense player of the week was Southern Mississippi quarterback Reggie Collier, who passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the undefeated Golden Eagles to a 58-14 victory over Florida State. The talented 204-pound junior amassed a total of 226 yards before leaving the game late in the third quarter.
Williams, a senior from Greenville, Miss., said it was 'really exciting' to be selected one of the players of the week. He said it had been one of his goals since he transferred to Mississippi State from Mississippi Delta Junior College in 1979.
But he added: 'It should really go to the entire defensive unit because we played so well together against LSU.'
'I'm very happy about the honor,' said Jackson, a 220-pound sophomore from Plant City, Fla. 'I thought the whole defensive line played its best game of the year. It was good to win a game down at LSU and I was just glad to be a part of it.
'We know we controlled the game at the line of scrimmage on defense, and that is what helped me to get the quarterback sacks.'
Jackson was credited with three quarterback sacks for a total loss of 25 yards. Williams had two quarterback sacks for minus-19 yards.
The Bulldogs, who wind up their regular season Saturday against rival Ole Miss, have been devastating all year on defense while building a 7-3 record. They are seventh in the nation in rushing defense and 11th in total defense.
'I'm very proud for both of these young men,' said Coach Emory Bellard. 'They played outstanding football in our victory over LSU. The blitz isn't the only part of defense. You have to have coverage, too, and I thought we excelled in both areas.'