1983 Mississippi State Bulldogs football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1983 record3–8 (1–5 SEC)
Head coach
Defensive coordinatorMelvin Robertson (5th season)
Home stadiumScott Field
(Capacity: 32,000)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 Auburn $ 6 0 0 11 1 0
No. 4 Georgia 5 1 0 10 1 1
No. 6 Florida 4 2 0 9 2 1
Tennessee 4 2 0 9 3 0
No. 15 Alabama 4 2 0 8 4 0
Ole Miss 4 2 0 6 6 0
Kentucky 2 4 0 6 5 1
Mississippi State 1 5 0 3 8 0
LSU 0 6 0 4 7 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0 2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team represented Mississippi State University during the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season. With a 45–26 win over LSU, Bulldog quarterback John Bond became the first and only quarterback to register four wins over LSU.[1]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultSource
September 3Tulane*W 14–9[2]
September 17Navy*W 38–10
September 24No. 15 FloridaL 12–35
October 1at No. 11 GeorgiaL 7–20
October 8vs. Southern Miss*L 6–31[3]
October 15No. 10 Miami (FL)*L 7–31
October 22at No. 5 AuburnL 13–28
October 29at No. 18 AlabamaL 18–35
November 5Memphis State*L 13–30
November 12at LSUW 45–26
November 19vs. Ole MissL 23–24
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[4]

Personnel

1983 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB John Bond Sr
FB Rickey Edwards
WR Danny Knight
RB Henry Koontz
RB Elmer Wilson
RB Lamar Windham
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K Artie Crosby
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt

Season summary

Mississippi State

See also: 1983 Ole Miss Rebels football team and Mississippi–Mississippi State football rivalry

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Ole Miss Rebels
1 2 34Total
Ole Miss 0 7 01724
Mississippi St 3 14 6023

at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, Jackson, Mississippi

  • Date: November 19, 1983
  • Game attendance: 59,758
  • [5]
Game information

"The Immaculate Deflection" - Artie Crosby missed a 27-yard field goal attempt with 24 seconds left when 40 mile-per-hour winds knocked down the football before it could pass the crossbar.

References

  1. ^ Hicks, Tommy (2015-09-25). "John Bond reminisces about days as Mississippi State star". GridironNow.com. Archived from the original on 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  2. ^ "State surprises Tulane with rebuilt defense". Enterprise-Journal. September 4, 1983. Retrieved October 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "USM gains momentum with win over State". Enterprise-Journal. October 9, 1983. Retrieved March 26, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ College Football @ Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 25, 2015
  5. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1983 Nov 20. Retrieved 2019-Nov-26.