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"Now We're Happy"

"Now We're Happy"

Tied scoreboard, the goal line was 59 yards distant, under six minutes to get there, with an offense that had mustered just 121 yards all evening. Hey, who could ask for a better situation? "We weren't struggling," said Coach Sylvester Croom. "We were just playing Mississippi State football, we were just being who we are. We kept it close to the fourth quarter and found a way to win."

Indeed the Bulldogs did. Nine snaps took the ball 58 yards and two feet, close enough for halfback Anthony Dixon to vault the goal line at 1:54 for the game's only touchdown and Mississippi State's margin of 10-3 victory over Central Florida in the 49th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The victory, in MSU's first bowl appearance since the 2000 season, meant an 8-5 final record and a finish to savor...

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