Mississippi State's veteran defense is one of the biggest reasons the program has emerged as a consistent competitor in the Southeastern Conference over the past three seasons.
But it's also been a big contributor to the Bulldogs' disappointing finish to this regular season, which included losses in four of five games.
Senior linebacker Cameron Lawrence says he's glad Mississippi State (8-4) has one more chance to leave a good impression when it plays No. 21 Northwestern (9-3) in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1.
''We've had time to get our bodies back together, get our bumps and bruises healed up,'' Lawrence said. ''Now we've got to keep working on the little things. It was a hard stretch for us - we played a really tough schedule toward the end of the season - but now we've just got to focus on the details. The sky is the limit for us.''
Mississippi State was scheduled to arrive in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday to begin preparations for the Gator Bowl. It will be the last game for ...