12 Days of MSU History for Christmas, Day 4: MSU beats Georgetown in the 1941 Orange Bowl

As we countdown the final days leading up to Christmas, we thought it would be fun to give our readers a gift each day, much along the lines of the "12 days of Christmas". Each day from now until Christmas morning, we'll have a little present wrapped in Mississippi State history, tucked under the tree for you to open. Hope you enjoy!

Today's bit of MSU history comes to us from 1941, and MSU's first ever bowl win.  The Bulldogs were making their second bowl appearance ever, and their second trip to the Orange Bowl in five seasons.

After wrapping up an undefeated regular season in 1940, the Bulldogs headed off to take on the Hoyas of Georgetown in Miami.  The Bulldogs used a punt block and a two yard touchdown run to pull out to a 14-0 lead, and the defense took over from there, holding the Hoyas to one touchdown to secure a 14-7 win.

Enjoy some pretty neat and fairly dated video highlights!  The full game recap can be found here.

When asked to compare all his great teams at Mississippi State, head coach Allyn McKeen said, "Some of the school's greatest wins came during the 1939 season, but I have to go with the 1940 team as my best ." [via]

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