Mississippi State Bulldogs football

Mississippi State Bulldogs football
Mississippi State Bulldogs football
Current season
Mississippi State Bulldogs.svg Mississippi State Football.png
First season 1895
Head coach Dan Mullen
3rd year, 14–11  (.560)
Home stadium Davis Wade Stadium
Year built 1914
Stadium capacity 55,082
Stadium surface Prescription Athletic Turf
Location Starkville, Mississippi
Conference SEC
Division Western
All-time record 500–538–39 (.482)
Postseason bowl record 9–6
Conference titles 1 (SEC 1941)
Division titles 1 (SEC West 1998)
Current uniform
Colors Maroon and White            
Fight song Hail State
Mascot Bully
Marching band Famous Maroon Band
Rivals Ole Miss Rebels
Alabama Crimson Tide
Kentucky Wildcats
Website Mississippi State Athletics

The Mississippi State 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. Mississippi State has produced 38 All-Americans, 171 All-SEC selections, and 124 NFL players1[1].

The Bulldogs play in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. The facility is the second-oldest football stadium in NCAA Division I-FBS. 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 occurred on November 12, 2011 against #3 Alabama.

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. Dixon was drafted in the 6th round by the San Francisco 49ers.

On Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 20-year-old defensive end Nick Bell, who had undergone surgery on Sunday for a type of skin cancer, died after a rapid deterioration in his health[2]; he had been scheduled to begin chemotherapy that day. His loss was mourned by the university and head coach Dan Mullen, who decided to meet with Bell's family on Monday night- when it became clear he was deteriorating- instead of attending the meeting of the Jackson Touchdown Club; Athletic Director Scott Stricklin went instead.


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).

Current coaching staff

Name Position
Dan Mullen Head Coach
Les Koenning Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Chris Wilson Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach
Tony Hughes Recruiting Coordinator/Safeties Coach
Geoff Collins Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
John Hevesy Offensive Line Coach
Greg Knox Running Backs Coach
Angelo Mirando Wide Receivers Coach
Scott Sallach Tight Ends Coach
Melvin Smith Secondary Coach

Championship teams

1941 SEC champions

The 1941 Mississippi State Bulldogs finished the year with a 7-1-1 record, and claimed the Southeastern Conference championship. The season included wins over Florida, Alabama, Auburn, and Mississippi. The Bulldogs tied with LSU, and were defeated by Duquesne. While Mississippi State won the conference championship in 1941, they did not win the national championship. Alabama claims the 1941 season as a national championship, even though they finished the season with a 9-2 record, including losses to Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, and were ranked #20 in the final AP poll.

1998 SEC Western Division champions

In 1998, MSU finished the regular season with a 26-14 win over Alabama, a 22-21 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 to 11.

Other notable seasons

1940 season

The 1940 Mississippi State Bulldogs finished the season 10-0-1 and defeated Georgetown 14-7 in the 1941 Orange Bowl, with key wins over Florida, Alabama, and Ole Miss, while tying with Auburn 7-7. The Bulldogs finished ranked #9 and Minnesota was named national champions by all major polls. Some Bulldog fans retroactively claim the 1940 season as a national championship for Mississippi State, but the university neither claims nor acknowledges the feat.

Recent history

1999 season

The 1999 Bulldog team finished their season with a 10–2 record, earning a final ranking of #12 nationally. During the 1999 season MSU fielded the #1 ranked defense in the country. 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 40 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 led by quarterback Wayne Madkin and running back Dante Walker, under snowy conditions, they pulled out an exciting 43–41 overtime victory over Texas A&M.

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 Ole Miss. With the win over Ole Miss, Mississippi State claimed the Egg Bowl trophy.

2010 season

Mississippi State defeated the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators in the same season for the first time in team history. The Bulldogs also defeated the Ole Miss Rebels 31-23 for the Bulldogs' second consecutive win over the in-state rival. MSU finished the season with a 52-14 win in the Gator Bowl over traditional college football power University of Michigan Wolverines. The Bulldogs finished the 2010 football season ranked 15th by the Associated Press, the highest final ranking for the school in the AP poll since finishing 13th in the nation after the 1999 season.

Memorable Games

1980 Alabama Crimson Tide On Nov. 3, 1980. Emory Bellard's Bulldog squad downed the Paul W. Bryant's No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide team 6-3 and brought to an end one of the most dominating runs in the history of the Alabama program. Alabama Quarterback Don Jacobs led the tide on a furious 44-yard drive in the game's closing minutes. With the ball on the Mississippi State four yard line and just 25 seconds left in the game, Jacobs was nailed in the backfield by Bulldog defender Tyrone Keys and fumbled the ball. State's Billy Jackson recovered and one of the greatest eras of Alabama football came to an ignominious end.

2000 Florida Gators On Sept. 30, 2000. The Florida Gators came into Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi ranked third in the nation. The unranked Mississippi State Bulldogs ran for 351 yards, 172 yards and a touchdown for Dicenzo Miller, and 156 yards and a touchdown for Dontae Walker. Bulldogs quarterback Wayne Madkin also ran for two touchdowns. The Bulldogs compiled 517 total yards of offense. A frustrated Steve Spurrier rotated three quarterbacks including Rex Grossman. Grossman went 13 for 16 with 231 yards and two touchdowns. All together, the Gators had 494 yards and four touchdowns through the air. Mississippi State won the game 47–35, breaking Florida's 72-game winning streak against unranked teams.


Egg Bowl

The Battle of the Golden Egg (nicknamed the Egg Bowl) is an annual college football game between in-state rivals Ole Miss and the Mississippi State. 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 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: 41–60–6 Since the Egg Bowl was moved back to the respective campuses in 1991, Mississippi State has won 11 games to Ole Miss' 9. The games prior to 1991 had been played at Veterans Stadium in Jackson, MS where each team would alternate annually as the home team.


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 members 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


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: 19-20

The Kentucky rivalry is more pronounced as a basketball rivalry with Mississippi State, with MSU having won 3 straight, until the 2009-2010 basketball season when Kentucky won both matchups in overtime.

Bowl history

Mississippi State has an all-time bowl record of 9-6, highlighted by wins in the 1941 Orange Bowl, the 1963 Liberty Bowl, the 1999 Peach Bowl, and the 2011 Gator Bowl. Most recently, the Bulldogs defeated the Conference USA champion UCF Kinghts 10-3 in the 2007 Liberty Bowl and the Michigan Wolverines 52-14 in the 2011 Gator Bowl. It was the first bowl appearance in Dan Mullen's tenure and the 15th appearance by Mississippi State in a postseason bowl game.

Date Played Bowl game Winning team Losing team
January 1, 2011 Gator MSU 52 Michigan 14
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 17
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 Bacardi MSU 12 Havana Athletic Club 0

Head coaches

The program has had 32 head coaches since it began play during the 1895 season, and has played more than 1,050 games over 111 seasons..[3] Since December 2008, Dan Mullen has served as Mississippi States' head coach.[4]


  1. ^ www.mstateathletics.com 2008 Mississippi State Football Media Guide: Media Information and Record Book
  2. ^ "Miss. State's Nick Bell dies of cancer". 2010-10-02. http://www.globe-democrat.com/news/2010/nov/02/miss-states-nick-bell-dies-of-cancer/. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  3. ^ 2011 Mississippi State Football Media Guide, pp. 86–92
  4. ^ Forde, Pat (2008-12-11). "Mississippi State hires Florida coordinator as coach". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3760099. Retrieved 2011-07-31. 

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