JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Woody's Roadside in Ocean Springs rocked with cheering from members of the Jackson County Chapter of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association on Saturday afternoon.
The number one ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs didn't beat Alabama. In fact, they never led the game, but you wouldn't know it from the noise.
True to the Bulldogs' huge season, the players and fans never gave up, making it close at the very end of the game. That's exactly why the spirit of these fans won't diminish after this setback.
Mike Eley, of Pascagoula, has been following Mississippi State since 1959.
"This year has been unbelievable," Mike said. "It's unbelievable we could be number one in the nation for one week, let alone five weeks."
His wife, Peggy Eley, broke out her special gear in hopes of bringing good luck. She wears the same thing every game: her earrings, her shirt, pants and bracelet. She even brought her faithful cowbell.
"Oh, this season has energized Mississippi State in a way I've never seen before," Peggy said. "The student body is just wonderful. The alumni has supported everybody as they usually do but stepped up even more."
The season has helped Richard Cannon do his job as President of the Jackson County Chapter of the MSU Alumni Association, which boasts about 700 active members.
"I just see an up tick in involvement," Cannon said. "I see a much more energetic fan base, and you see a lot more fans wearing their colors."