2011 Music City Bowl: Mississippi State Shows Up With Noise But Not Offense

The Music City Bowl has benefited in recent years by courting nearby SEC and ACC programs to fill its frigid, steep seats at LP Field - Kentucky's been twice and Tennessee last year - but Mississippi State was no slouch in picking up tickets for this year's game against Wake Forest.

The stadium is almost solid maroon at kickoff, and after athletic director Scott Stricklin's confirmation that bowl officials were officially permitting cowbells, it's been loud - RESPONSIBLY loud, but loud nonetheless. We'll let the anti-noisemaker contingency use that to explain both teams' combined -12 yards off offense and zero first downs through the game's first six minutes.

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photo courtesy @MaroonWyatt

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