1963 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

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1963 Mississippi State Bulldogs football
Liberty Bowl champion
Liberty Bowl, W 16–12 vs. NC State
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 11
1963 record 7–2–2 (4–1–2 SEC)
Head coach Paul E. Davis (2nd season)
Home stadium Scott Field
(Capacity: 35,000)
Seasons
← 1962
1964 →
1963 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 7 Ole Miss $ 5 0 1     7 1 2
No. 5 Auburn 6 1 0     9 2 0
No. 8 Alabama 6 2 0     9 2 0
Mississippi State 4 1 2     7 2 2
LSU 4 2 0     7 4 0
Georgia Tech 4 3 0     7 3 0
Florida 3 3 1     6 3 1
Tennessee 3 5 0     5 5 0
Georgia 2 4 0     4 5 1
Vanderbilt 0 5 2     1 7 2
Kentucky 0 5 1     3 6 1
Tulane 0 6 1     1 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1963 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team represented Mississippi State University during the 1963 college football season. Although the Bulldogs were picked to come in last in the SEC in the preseason, they finished 4–1–2 in the conference and qualified for the Liberty Bowl,[1] the first nationally televised game in school history. The Liberty Bowl, played in 15-degree weather, was described by longtime radio broadcaster Jack Cristil as "colder than a pawnbroker's heart."[2] Head coach Paul Davis was named SEC Coach of the Year in honor of the team's surprise success.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 21 Howard (AL)* Scott FieldStarkville, Mississippi W 43–0  
September 28 at Florida Florida FieldGainesville, Florida T 9–9  
October 5 at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee W 7–0  
October 12 Tulane Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, Mississippi W 31–10  
October 19 Houston* Scott FieldStarkville, Mississippi W 20–0  
October 26 at Memphis State* Crump StadiumMemphis, Tennessee L 10–17  
November 2 at No. 7 Alabama Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama (Rivalry) L 19–20  
November 9 No. 5 Auburn Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, Mississippi W 13–10  
November 16 LSU Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, Mississippi (Rivalry) W 7–6  
November 30 No. 3 Ole Miss Scott FieldStarkville, Mississippi (Egg Bowl) T 10–10  
December 21 vs. NC State* Philadelphia StadiumPhiladelphia (Liberty Bowl) W 16–12  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "You can't measure heart". HailState.com. 2013-10-15. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. 
  2. ^ "1963 Liberty Bowl champs to celebrate 50th anniversary Saturday". MSState.edu. 2013-10-07. 
  3. ^ 2011 Mississippi State Football Media Guide, p. 116
  4. ^ College Football @ Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 26, 2015