|Mississippi State to play Rice in Liberty Bowl|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 08 December 2013 15:09|
Liberty Bowl officials made the announcement Sunday night.
Bowl officials passed over Vanderbilt (8-4) who played in Memphis two years ago.
Picking Mississippi State gives bowl officials a team marking the 50th anniversary of its first game in this bowl. The Bulldogs beat North Carolina State 16-12 in 1963 when this bowl was played in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Bulldogs (6-6) needed overtime to beat Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl to become bowl eligible for a fourth straight season.
Rice (10-3) accepted its berth Saturday after beating Marshall 41-24 in the Conference USA championship game.