1941 Orange Bowl: Mississippi State Bulldogs take down Georgetown Hoyas
Hey look, the Bulldogs made it back to the Orange Bowl. To wrap up an absolutely legendary Mississippi State football season that featured an unbeaten team of Maroons, State took a trip to go face Georgetown in the Orange Bowl.
And this time things went a bit better for State!
On January 1, 1941, in Miami, Florida, the Mississippi State Maroons snagged a solid win over the Hoyas that helped Mississippi State College earn even more respect. Allyn McKeen’s Maroons handled Georgetown, shutting down the Hoya’s offense in the process.
State only needed a couple touchdowns thanks to the Maroons’ defense and came away with a 14-7 win in the process.
The win is one of the greatest accomplishments in over a century’s worth of history for the Mississippi State football program. Some are quick to (unofficially) claim that this helped State end the season as the national champs given that McKeen’s Maroons were unbeaten on the year.
Regardless of if State should claim the season as a national title sort of season (they absolutely should), getting an Orange Bowl win over a noteworthy program like Georgetown is something to celebrate independent of how it impacted Mississippi State outside of the game.