STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State has accepted an invitation to play in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, it was announced Sunday evening. The game will kick off at 5:40 p.m. (CT) on Friday, December 30 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The Bulldogs will face Wake Forest.
Mississippi State director of athletics Scott Stricklin and head football coach Dan Mullen accepted a formal invitation on Sunday afternoon from Board Chairman Brad Lampley and President and CEO Scott Ramsey.
Bowl ticket sales began immediately following the Bulldogs' season-ending victory which clinched a bowl berth, and the Mississippi State ticket office has exhausted its 12,000 ticket allotment to the Music City Bowl. Fans who did not pre-order their tickets can contact the Music City Bowl ticket office through TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com/MusicCityBowl or 800-745-3000.
"We're happy to accept this invitation and for the opportunity to play in such a great bowl and wonderful city," Stricklin said. "I'm proud of our players and coaches for their efforts throughout the season, and we're all looking forward to seeing the huge crowd of Bulldog fans in Nashville."
Mississippi State is making its second-consecutive bowl appearance for the first time since a streak of three straight postseason berths from 1998-2000. The Bulldogs have never played in the Music City Bowl, but have appeared twice times in bowls played in the state of Tennessee (1991 and 2007 Liberty).
"This is a great accomplishment for our players and coaches who worked hard all season long," head coach Dan Mullen said. "We're excited to make the trip to Nashville and play in a great bowl game. This game is a reward for our players and fans and - as we've said all season - the practices and preparation will be important for the development of the future of our program."
Mississippi State's Gameday page - www.mstateathletics.com/gameday - will be updated this week with complete information on the Bulldogs' trip to the 2011 Music City Bowl. The Gameday page will feature information and links for both Mississippi State and its opponent, and will include coverage of the Bulldogs as they prepare for the December 30 matchup in Nashville.
An allotment of student tickets will be available Wednesday evening via lottery at the Humphrey Coliseum. The student gate will open at 6:30 p.m. with lottery beginning promptly at 7:30.
The Bulldogs will return to the practice fields on Friday, December 9. The first week of practices (held at the Shira Complex practice fields) will be open to the public. Further details will be announced this week.