STARKVILLE - Want to see microcosms of why Mississippi State and Georgia Tech combined to win 20 games to set up a showdown in the Capital One Orange Bowl?
STARKVILLE -- It was hard to judge which was more impressive, the pass or the catch.
STARKVILLE -- The frustration was evident in Vic Schaefer's voice and in his body language.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team needs Dominique Dillingham on the court. At 5-foot-9, Dillingham is far from the biggest Bulldog. She probably also wouldn't win a competition for the fastest or the quickest player on the team.
Travis Daniels was feeling it. Off to a fast start, piling up basket after basket, Daniels looked to the Mississippi State men's basketball team's bench and saw his teammates smiling and laughing, enjoying what turned out to be a 25-point win against St. Louis in a game Daniels scored a career-high 21 points. The next night, it was gone.
STARKVILLE -- Before the final curtain closes on one of the greatest seasons in Mississippi State football history, casting calls are being held for 2015. The auditions begin today.
STARKVILLE -- It's easy to pinpoint record-setting quarterback Dak Prescott as the central cause of the Mississippi State football team's 10-2 regular season. It's also natural to assume the same thing of quarterback Justin Thomas, who has led Georgia Tech to its second Orange Bowl in the past four years.
STARKVILLE -- Jerica James learned accountability as a sophomore.
With the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship in the rear-view mirror, East Mississippi Community College quarterback Chad Kelly set his sights on his next mission Wednesday afternoon, verbally committing to play at Ole Miss.
STARKVILLE - One group got better and better as the season progressed, turning into one of the best units on Mississippi State's 10-2 team that's bound for the Orange Bowl.
STARKVILLE -- One day after five members of Mississippi State's Orange Bowl-bound football team raked in All-Southeastern Conference honors from The Associated Press, the same five collected more accolades, this time from the league's coaches. This time, the order was different.
STARKVILLE -- The numbers are staggering. Year after year, game after game, the Georgia Tech football team's triple option puts up eye-popping statistics. It has been the driving force behind the Yellow Jackets' surge under coach Paul Johnson that has the team's in its second Orange Bowl in the past four years.
ATLANTA -- Long known for its power offense, Alabama opened things up this season. With a player such as Amari Cooper, that was a good call. Cooper, the nation's leading receiver, was honored as the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year Monday by The Associated Press, recognizing his huge role in helping the Crimson Tide claim the No. 1 ranking and a spot in college football's inaugural playoff.
STARKVILLE -- When asked Sunday about his team's opponent in the Orange Bowl, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson wasted little time in bringing up Mississippi State's most indispensable player.
STARKVILLE -- During his opening remarks at Mississippi State's Orange Bowl press conference Sunday afternoon, MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin took a few moments to stump for his football coach.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time in 28 years, the Southeastern Conference first-team All-Conference quarterback hails from Mississippi State.
OXFORD -- Nina Davis smiled and shook her head. The Baylor sophomore forward never imagined she could have this much fun on a basketball court. It made it even more satisfying that a career-best effort came on her 20th birthday nearly 90 minutes from home and with plenty of friends and family on hand to watch. Davis scored a career-high 43 points and grabbed nine rebounds Sunday to lead No. 11 Baylor to a 96-54 victory against Ole Miss before a crowd of 2,338 at Tad Smith Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Scott Stricklin is 5-for-5. He expects to be 6-for-6. Stricklin, Mississippi State's Director of Athletics, has signed football coach Dan Mullen to a contract extension in each of the past five seasons. Stricklin expects that streak to continue following Mullen's finest season in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will try to cap the program's most successful regular season with another piece of history. MSU (10-2) will try to accomplish that feat in its first bowl game in Miami in more than seven decades.
STARKVILLE -- A strong final stretch of the first half and a dominant second half allowed the No. 23 Mississippi State women's basketball team to roll past Southeastern Louisiana 97-36 on Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 3,020 at Humphrey Coliseum. Senior center Martha Alwal had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman Victoria Vivians had 15 of her 17 points in the second half. She also had nine of her 11 rebounds in the final stanza to help MSU improve to 8-0, its best start since the 2008-09 campaign. Southeastern Louisiana fell to 3-5.
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