1973 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

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1973 Mississippi State Bulldogs football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1973 record 4–5–2 (2–5 SEC)
Head coach Bob Tyler (1st year)
Home stadium Scott Field
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Alabama $ 8 0 0     11 1 0
#13 LSU 5 1 0     9 3 0
Ole Miss 4 3 0     6 5 0
#19 Tennessee 3 3 0     8 4 0
Georgia 3 4 0     7 4 1
Florida 3 4 0     7 5 0
Kentucky 3 4 0     5 6 0
Auburn 2 5 0     6 6 0
Mississippi State 2 5 0     4 5 2
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     5 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team represented Mississippi State University during the 1973 NCAA Division I football season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Bob Tyler, in his first year, and played their home games at Scott Field in Starkville, Mississippi. They finished the season with a record of four wins, five losses and two ties (4–5–2, 2–5 SEC).

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 15 Northeast Louisiana* Scott FieldStarkville, MS T 21–21  
September 22 Vanderbilt Scott Field • Starkville, MS W 52–21  
September 29 No. 16 Florida Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS W 33–12  
October 6 Kentucky Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS (Rivalry) L 14–42  
October 13 at Florida State* Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL W 37–12  
October 20 at Louisville* Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY W 18–7  
October 27 Southern Miss*dagger Scott Field • Starkville, MS T 10–10  
November 3 No. 2 Alabama Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS (Rivalry) L 0–35  
November 10 at Auburn Cliff Hare StadiumAuburn, AL L 17–31  
November 17 at LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA L 7–26  
November 24 vs. Ole Miss Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS (Egg Bowl) L 10–38  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Game summaries[edit]

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 0 14 7 0 21
Mississippi State 7 14 14 14 49

Fullback Wayne Jones broke through Vanderbilt's defense for 117 yards and three scores in Mississippi State's rout of Vanderbilt and gave head coach Bob Tyler his first victory. Jones, a 215-pound senior, opened the scoring before the Commodores took charge with two scores. Jones then capped a 69-yard drive to pull State even. Jones' third touchdown came in the third after what turned out to be Vanderbilt's only score of the half. It was the Bulldogs' biggest win since 1952 versus Auburn. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 Mississippi State football media guide.
  2. ^ "Bulldogs Rip Vandy, 52-21." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Sep 23.