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Countdown to 2013 MSU Football

MSU Top Plays No. 2: Stopping Bama in 1980

In a game that many feel is the greatest victory in Mississippi State history, the Bulldogs forced a fumble near the goal line to stop Alabama from scoring a game winning touchdown, and later, recovered another fumble to preserve the win.

Top MSU Plays No. 3: Prentiss PR against Tennessee

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.

Top Plays in MSU History: Block in '41 Orange Bowl

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

Top MSU Play No.5: Madkin leads comeback vs. Arky

Mississippi State has only made one trip to the SEC championship game. Wayne Madkin, a freshman, engineered a great drive to put the Bulldogs in position for a game winning field goal to get there.

MSU Top Plays No. 7: Hazelwood's FG beat Arky

With a field goal that stirred debate, Brian Hazelwood kicked a field goal that capped off a charge to hand Mississippi State their first chance at playing for an SEC Championship

Top Plays No 8: Don Smith lead win over UT in '86

The Bulldogs rallied from a deficit and made a final stand to watch Mississippi State defeat No. 8 Tennessee on the road in 1986.

MSU 30 for 30: Top Play No. 9, Norwood sinks UF

In one of the most memorable plays at Mississippi State, Jerious Norwood finds the end zone to beat the Florida Gators.

MSU 30 for 30: Top Play No. 12-Bulldogs Stun UT

In his first action in college play, Peyton Manning almost steered the Tennessee Volunteers to a victory in Starkville, but a late fumble and fantastic touchdown drive thwarted those plans.

MSU 30 for 30: Top Play No. 13-Relf Owns Ole Miss

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.

MSU 30 for 30: Play 14-Dicenzo Owns BYU

Thursday night held special magic for Mississippi State at the height of the Jackie Sherrill era. Dicenzo Miller provided some of that during a Thursday night match up against BYU in Provo.

MSU 30 for 30: Top Play 15, Banks Pick-6 of Tebow

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.

30 for 30: Play 16 -- Pegues' punt return vs. OM

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.

2013 Preview: Safety

Tony Hughes is the only position coach on the defense that did not leave or get promoted from the 2012 team. How will his safeties do this year?

2013 MSU Football Impact Players- Dak Prescott

Having scored eight touchdowns for Mississippi State in 2012, the Bulldogs will most likely use Dak Prescott in more situations in 2013. If the sophomore can produce, he could see many more opportunities during the season.

Preview: MSU Linebackers

A look at Geoff Collins' LBs

MSU 30 for 30: No. 17, Madkin's Peachy Touchdown

Going into the 1999 Peach Bowl, the Mississippi State Bulldogs had not won a bowl game since the 1981 Hall of Fame Bowl. With great defense and two fourth quarter touchdowns, the Bulldogs put an end to that streak.

MSU 30 for 30: Top Play No. 18: AJ 100-yard INT

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.

MSU 2013 Impact Players: No. 18-Preston Smtih

Moving from a backup position to a starting role, Preston Smtih may find even bigger numbers than he had in 2012. Should he have a big season, Mississippi State may have one of the more fearsome defenses in the SEC.

MSU 2013 Impact Players: No 19, Matt Wells

Having scored a defensive touchdown in the season opener, Matthew Wells faded a bit into the background as the 2012 season continued. In 2013, he finds himself back in a starting role.

2013 MSU Position Preview: Defensive End

Will the Bulldog defensive ends create more of a pass rush in 2013?

MSU 30 for 30: Top Play No. 19, AD Drags Houston

Anthony Dixon is a beloved figure at Mississippi State for many reasons. This touchdown run, where he carried Houston defenders down the field is one of them.

MSU 30 for 30: Top play No. 20, Jack's last call

For most every living Mississippi State fan, Jack Cristli's voice was the sound track of the Bulldog's greatest moments. His final football game was Mississippi State's thrashing of Michigan in the Gator Bowl.

MSU 2013 Impact Players, No. 20 Jamerson Love

With both Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay gone to the NFL as second round draft picks, Jamerson Love will be expected (along with Justin Cox) to replicate the same production on the field as his predecessors.

MSU 30 for 30: Top Plays, No. 21--Morgan at BYU

Everyone remembers the hard hits from Josh Morgan, but he did much more. He put some of that talent on display with a 98-yard fumble recovery and touchdown agains BYU in 2000.

MSU 2013 Impact Players: No. 21-Devon Bell

Most of the time when kickers walk on the field, points are on the line. Mississippi State will need Devon Bell to convert most of his opportunities into points to have a successful 2013 season.

MSU Special Teams Preview

Special Teams: they are special. How important are they to your team? Pretty important, obviously. I mean, it says special right there in the name.

MSU Football 2013 Impact Player No. 22, Joe Morrow

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.

MSU Top Plays No 22: Last Minute Drive Tops UK

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.

MSU 2013 Impact Players: No. 23, Beniquez Brown

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.

Mississippi State Roster Breakdown

Looking at the players that comprise MSU's 2013 roster

MSU 30 for 30: Top MSU Plays: Bumphis '09 Egg Bowl

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.

MSU 2013 Impact Player: No. 24, Baker Swedenberg

Can a punter really be an impact player? When he only allows about a foot and a half per return and has to tick on 41% of a team's drives in SEC play, Baker Swedenberg sure can be.