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12 Days of MSU History for Christmas, Day 2: The game program from MSU's Liberty Bowl game in '63

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!

One week from today, Mississippi State will take on the Rice Owls in the 55th edition of the Liberty Bowl. In the fifth edition of the game -- and the last one played in Philadelphia before the game moved -- Mississippi State took on the North Carolina State Wolfpack after a successful season in 1963. The Bulldogs would go on to win their 3rd ever bowl game 16-13, in a game that our beloved Jack Cristil described as "colder than a pawnbroker's heart".

Here's a look at the game program cover from that game 50 years ago:

MSU game program 1963

I've gotta tell ya, that's one gigantic @$$ baby in a football uniform. And he's getting into his cake, my goodness who gave him the cake? Now we'll never get him down for bed.

[h/t on the game program WCBI]

[Game program picture courtesy of Mississippi State University |]