RINGING IN YEAR: MSU collects nice victory over Rice
Mississippi State players Kivon Coman (33), Josh Robinson (34) and Michael Hodges, right, celebrate with the Liberty Bowl championship trophy after beating Rice on Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Humphrey, AP)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Ââ€“ Bulldogs arenâ€™t known for eating rice, but for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, thatâ€™s what they had Tuesday afternoon.
MSU rolled to an easy 44-7 victory over the Owls of Rice in the 55th AutoZone Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Stadium on New Yearâ€™s Eve.
â€śIâ€™m really proud of our guys, (and) how they played (Tuesday),â€ť MSU head coach Dan Mullen said. â€śComing into a bowl game after a long layoff, we have to come out on fire, we have to play at a very, very high level and we have to execute at a very high level.â€ť
MSU finished the season with a 7-5 record, which is its fourth-straight winning season. The Owls, who won Conference USA, finished with a 10-4 record.
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