By Bryan Davis
On Saturday, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-4) finished off a fine season by capturing a 52-14 victory over Michigan in the Progressive Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.
Helping to put the icing on the cake was former West Point standout Michael Carr. Carr’s 31-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter of the blowout might have gotten lost in the other six MSU scored on the day, but the score was more than just six points to the freshman.
It was Carr’s first career college touchdown.
“My first touchdown was very exciting,” Carr said on Monday. “It was very exciting to score my first SEC touchdown.”
The Bulldogs had finished a dozen games in 2010, even going into a double overtime with Arkansas. There was a lot of football played, but this was the first time the freshman got a chance to cross the goal line.
“I didn’t think it was going to happen,” Carr said.
There was no better time for it to happen than on national television, during a prominent bowl game.
“Putting 52 points up at the Gator Bowl was great,” Carr said. “State hadn’t been to a bowl game in a long time, and we made big history and went out with a bang. We’re looking forward to going out with a bang for the next couple of years to come.”
Michigan’s defense was baffled all day by Chris Relf and the MSU offense.
After scoring on their first two possessions, Michigan fell behind and never scored again.
The Bulldogs, on the other hand, scored many more times throughout the next three quarters, and by the time the fourth quarter came around, MSU fans were getting a good look at some of the brightest times to come for the program.
When it came to giving fans that look, Carr did not disappoint. He caught three passes from Relf for 65 yards and that memorable touchdown.
“It humbled me,” Carr said. “It let me know that there is more to come. I’m hungry for more.”
Carr played for West Point’s varsity squad throughout high school, and he helped to lead the Green Wave to a 2009 state championship.