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Mississippi State Bulldogs football
Current season Current season
Mississippi State Bulldogs.svg MississippiStateBulldogsHelmet.gif
First season 1895
Athletic director Greg Byrne
Head coach Dan Mullen
1st year, 4–5  (.444)
Home stadium Davis Wade Stadium
Year built 1914
Stadium capacity 55,082 (largest crowd = 58,103)
Stadium surface Grass
Location Starkville, Mississippi
Conference SEC
Division Western
All-time record 481–519–39 [1] (Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "")
Postseason bowl record 7–6[2]
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 1 (Southeastern Conference 1941)
Division titles 1 (SEC West 1998)
Current uniform
SEC-Uniform-MSU.PNG
Colors Maroon and White              
Rivals Ole Miss Rebels
Alabama Crimson Tide
Kentucky Wildcats
(Permanent SEC East Rival)

The Mississippi State University Bulldogs football program represents Mississippi State University in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, competing as a member of the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. It has produced 38 All-Americans, 171 All-SEC selections, and 124 NFL players1[3].

The Bulldogs play in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. The facility is the second-oldest football stadium in NCAA FBS football. The current capacity is 55,082. Typical to most SEC stadiums, Davis Wade Stadium has extensive landscaping done around the playing field. The largest attendance in a game at the stadium is 58,103, which occurred on November 14, 2009 during the MSU vs. Alabama contest. The second largest crowd of 57,178 occurred three weeks earlier, on October 24, 2009, during the MSU vs. Florida Gators contest.

In 2005, Mississippi State opened the 46,000-square-foot (4,300 m2) Holliman Center. The center includes a weight room, equipment room, team meeting rooms, a lounge, and a practice locker room.

Currently, Dan Mullen is the head football coach at Mississippi State University. Though announced on December 11, 2008, Coach Mullen originally split his time between Mississippi State University and in completing his duties as the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida. His duties at Florida terminated with a win in the BCS national championship game on January 8, 2009, the second such championship for Florida in the previous three seasons.

On November 30, 2009, running back Anthony Dixon was awarded the Conerly Trophy as the best college football player in the State of Mississippi. He joins previous MSU Conerly Trophy winners J.J. Johnson and Jerious Norwood.

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Historic coaching hire

Mississippi State made history on December 1, 2003, when it hired Sylvester Croom as its head football coach. Croom was the first African-American named to such a position in the history of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Croom resigned November 29, 2008 after a 4-8 season.

1998 Season: SEC Western Division Champions

In 1998, MSU finished the regular season with a 26 to 14 win over Alabama, a 22 to 21 win over Arkansas, and a 28-6 win over Ole Miss in Oxford, MS. At the end of the regular season, both MSU and Arkansas finished with 6-2 conference records, but by virtue of MSU's head-to-head win over Arkansas, MSU earned the right to play in the 1998 SEC Championship Game as SEC Western Division Champions. In that game, MSU was leading Tennessee in the fourth quarter before falling 24-14 before 74,000 fans in the Georgia Dome. They continued on to play in the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas, Texas, against a heavily favored Texas Longhorns team. The Bulldogs lost the game 38–11.

1999 Season

The 1999 Bulldog team finished their season with a 10–2 record, earning a final ranking of #12 nationally. MSU beat in-state rival Ole Miss to finish the regular season. It was Jackie Sherrill's 6th win in his first 9 games against the Rebels. In the bowl game, the Bulldogs defeated Clemson in the Peach Bowl, 17–7 to finish 10-2 and ranked #12. That #12 ranking is the highest final ranking of any FBS Division team in the State of Mississippi in over 30 years.

2000 Season

The 2000 Bulldogs finished 8–4 (4–4) in what would be Jackie Sherrill's final winning season at MSU. The team reached the 2000 Independence Bowl where, under snowy conditions, they pulled out an exciting 43–41 overtime victory over Texas A&M.

2006 Season

The Bulldogs finished the 2006 college football season with a 3-9 record (1-7 conference). MSU's only wins came over UAB (16-10, overtime) of Conference USA in Birmingham and DI-AA/FCS opponent Jacksonville State (35–3), with the Bulldogs' lone conference victory coming over Alabama in Tuscaloosa, a game in which MSU was a 14-point underdog, by a 24–16 margin, snapping a streak of 23 consecutive conference road losses for MSU.

2007 Season

The Bulldogs finished 8–5 and won the Liberty Bowl over the Conference USA Champion the University of Central Florida. Other notable wins include away victories at Auburn University and the University of Kentucky and home wins versus the University of Alabama and Mississippi. With the win over Mississippi, Mississippi State claimed the Egg Bowl trophy.

2008 Season

2009 Season

Logos and uniforms

Mississippi State's 2009 uniform combinations


Rivalries

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Ole Miss

The Battle of the Golden Egg (nicknamed the Egg Bowl) is an annual college football game between the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels and in-state fellow SEC team Mississippi State University (MSU) Bulldogs. While the 2 teams have played each other since 1901, with 2003 being the year in which the 2 teams had played each other 100 times and now having played each other a total of 104 times, the first game officially known as the "The Battle of the Golden Egg" was in 1927.[19] While it is called a "Bowl", the game is not a postseason bowl game, but rather a regular season Southeastern Conference (SEC) game for both teams as they are both SEC members in the West Division. Record: 40–60–6

Since the series was moved back to the respective campuses in 1991, Mississippi State has won 10 games to Mississippi's 9.

Alabama

The Alabama–Mississippi State rivalry, sometimes referred to as the 90 Mile Drive or the Battle for Highway 82, is an annual football game between the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Mississippi State University Bulldogs. Both universities are founding member of the Southeastern Conference, as well as the Western Division. The two campuses are located approximately 90 miles apart, and are the closest SEC schools in terms of distance.

Entering its 94th meeting as of the 2009 football season, Alabama-Mississippi State is one of the Southeastern Conference's longest-running series, dating back to 1896. It also has been one of the league's most lopsided with Alabama winning 73 of 93 meetings. Record: 17-73-3

Kentucky

The annual rivalry game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the University of Kentucky Wildcats rotates between Lexington, Kentucky and Starkville, Mississippi. The game became a permanent rivalry when the Southeastern Conference assigned permanent interdivisional rivals. Record: 17-20

Bowl history

Mississippi State has an all-time bowl record of 8-6, winning 3 straight in the past 9 seasons, including a win in the 2007 Liberty Bowl.

Date Played Bowl game Winning team Losing team
December 29, 2007 Liberty MSU 10 UCF 3
December 31, 2000 Independence MSU 43 Texas A&M 41 (OT)
December 30, 1999 Peach MSU 17 Clemson 7
January 1, 1999 Cotton Texas 38 MSU 11
January 1, 1995 Peach N.C. State 28 MSU 24
January 2, 1993 Peach North Carolina 21 MSU 14
December 29, 1991 Liberty Air Force 38 MSU 15
December 31, 1981 Hall of Fame MSU 10 Kansas 0
December 27, 1980 Sun Nebraska 31 MSU 17
December 28, 1974 Sun MSU 26 North Carolina 24
December 21, 1963 Liberty MSU 16 N.C. State 12
January 1, 1941 Orange MSU 14 Georgetown 7
January 1, 1937 Orange Duquesne 13 MSU 12
January 1, 1912 Barcardi MSU 12 Havana Athletic Club 0

Head coaches

Coach Alma Mater First Last Years Overall Games SEC Games
Games Won Loss Tie Pct. Games Won Loss Tie Pct.
W.M. Matthews
1895
1895
1
2
0
2
0
0.000
J.B. Hildebrand
1896
1896
1
4
0
4
0
0.000
L.B. Harvey
1901
1901
1
5
2
2
1
0.400
L. Gwinn
1902
1902
1
6
1
4
1
0.166
Dan Martin
1903
1906
4
24
10
11
3
0.416
Fred Furman
1907
1908
2
16
9
7
0
0.562
W.D. Chadwick
1909
1913
5
43
29
12
2
0.674
E.C. Hayes
1914
1916
3
25
15
8
2
0.600
Sid Robinson
1917
1919
3
20
15
5
0
0.750
Fred Holtkamp
1920
1921
2
17
9
7
1
0.529
C.R. "Dudy" Noble
Miss State
1922
1922
1
9
3
4
2
0.333
Earl Able
1923
1924
2
18
10
6
2
0.555
Bernie Bierman
1925
1926
2
17
8
8
1
0.470
J.W. Hancock
1927
1929
3
24
8
12
4
0.333
Chris Cagle
1930
1930
1
9
2
7
0
0.222
Ray G. Dauber
Iowa
1931
1932
2
16
5
11
0
0.312
Ross McKecknie
1933
1934
2
20
7
12
1
0.350
12
1
10
1
0.083
Ralph I. Sasse
1935
1937
3
32
20
10
2
0.625
15
8
7
0
0.533
Emerson W. "Spike" Nelson
Iowa
1938
1938
1
10
4
6
0
0.400
5
1
4
0
0.200
Allyn McKeen
Tennessee
1939
1948
9
86
65
19
3
0.755
47
29
16
2
0.551
Arthur W. "Slick" Morton
LSU
1949
1951
3
27
8
18
1
0.296
20
5
15
0
0.250
Murray Warmath
Tennessee
1952
1953
2
19
10
6
3
0.526
14
6
5
3
0.428
Darrell Royal
Oklahoma
1954
1955
2
20
12
8
0
0.600
14
7
7
0
0.500
Wade Walker
Oklahoma
1956
1961
6
56
22
32
2
0.392
40
8
30
2
0.200
Paul E. Davis
Ole Miss
1962
1966
5
50
20
28
2
0.400
33
9
22
2
0.272
Charley Shira
1967
1972
6
63
16
45
2
0.253
39
5
32
2
0.128
Bob Tyler*
Ole Miss
1973
1978
6
67
21
44
2
0.313
37
7
30
0
0.189
Emory Bellard
SW Texas
1979
1985
7
79
37
42
0
0.468
43
15
28
0
0.348
Rockey Felker
Miss State
1986
1990
5
55
21
34
0
0.381
33
5
28
0
0.151
Jackie Sherrill**
Alabama
1991
2003
13
152
75
75
2
0.493
103
43
59
1
0.417
Sylvester Croom
Alabama
2004
2008
5
59
20
38
0
0.338
40
10
30
0
0.250
Dan Mullen
Ursinus College
2009
Present
First
8
3
5
0
0.375
4
1
3
0
0.250
Totals
1895
Present
109
1053
486
528
39
0.415
497
160
324
13
0.321
  • - All wins during 1975-77 were forfeited by the NCAA except the 1975 Memphis State and North Texas State games. Bob Tyler's on-field record stood at: Overall= Won 39, Loss 25, Tie 3, Pct .582; SEC = Won 14, Loss 22, Tie 1, Pct .378.
    • - Jackie Sherrill awarded 1 win due to 1993 NCAA forfeit of Alabama games.[4]

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