It was only a week ago at this time when Mississippi State's bowl chances were looking very bleak.
The Bulldogs had a 4-6 overall record with just two games left. The two remaining outings were Southeastern Conference tests at that. Not to mention, the quarterback situation for MSU was anybody's guess.
One of those games was in a state where the Bulldogs had never won in before. The other was against their in-state rival who beat them last year.
Even with all that, MSU defied the odds.
The Bulldogs got the job done by winning both of those games against Arkansas and Ole Miss and will be going to a school-record fourth-straight bowl game. Both contests were won in overtime.
"I told them when we left the field against Alabama (I was) very, very disappointed that we didn't win that game," MSU head coach Dan Mullen said after the win over the Rebels. "I told our guys we had the opportunity to make history here and do something that hadn't been done before. Over the last two weeks, we've been able to do that."
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