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Croom walking pioneer's path at Mississippi State

Updated: October 30, 2006, 5:08 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- On an otherwise idyllic fall Saturday in the South, a sad finality set in on Mississippi State offensive tackle Brian Anderson. He would conclude his college football career without the one pleasure every player dreams of: a bowl bid.

The Bulldogs dropped their seventh game of the season, an error-ridden 34-31 defeat to Kentucky. It clinched State's sixth straight losing season, the school's longest such streak since 1964-69. Speaking between sighs and pauses, the dejection ...

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