Countdown to 2013 MSU Football
In all the years since 1941, Mississippi State has not been closer to an SEC football championship than they were after Kevin Prentiss put the Bulldogs ahead on a punt return with about 9:00 to play in the 1998 SEC Championship.
Even though it was over 70 years ago, there was a time that Mississippi State was a dominant as any team in the country. The highlight of those years under Allyn McKeen may have been the 1941 Orange Bowl which saw the Bulldogs knock off the Georgeto
One way to cement your status in the history of your school in college football is to dominate your rival. Chris Relf did that for the Bulldogs three times against Ole Miss, making him a player that will never be forgotten at Mississippi State.
The 2009 season may have ended with a losing record, but most Mississippi State fans felt it proved that Dan Mullen was the right guy to lead the program. The Bulldogs fight against Florida, powered by two Johnthan Banks TDs, helped lead to that.
Down 14 headed into the final quarter of play, MSU was all but dead in the 2007 Egg Bowl. With just over two minutes left in the game, Derek Pegues fielded an Ole Miss punt at the 25 yard line and took it all the way to the house, reviving MSU.
In 2007, the MIssissippi State Bulldogs just found a way to win when they needed to do so. One play that best represents this opportunistic team was Anthony Johnson's 100-yard pick-six in the closing minute of the first half against Alabama.
With the loss of most of the receiving yards and touchdowns from 2012, players such as Joe Morrow have the opportunity to step into the spotlight as top notch wide receivers for Mississippi State in 2013.
Mississippi State did not always win big to start 8-0 in 1999, but they sure made the close ones interesting. Trailing Kentucky with under two minutes to play, Matt Wyatt led a game-winning drive capped off by a field goal from Scott Westerfield.
While it is hard to say a redshirt freshman has to be an impact player, there is little doubt that Beniquez Brown will see plenty of significant playing time in 2013. Should the player be as good as advertised, Bulldogs fans will rejoice in 2013.
In a game that changed the momentum of the Mississippi State-Ole Miss Rivalry, Chad Bumphis made a few nifty moves, breaking loose for a touchdown against Ole Miss.