October 24, 2009 11:12:00 PM
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen asked for it and he got it Saturday night.
Mullen wanted fans to fill Davis Wade Stadium and make it a tough environment when No. 2 University of Florida came to town.
The largest crowd in MSU history of 57,178 looked on as the Bulldogs lost to the Gators 29-19.
Mullen thanked the fans and student body for responding to his challenge, and promises good things are ahead for his program.
"The atmosphere created (Saturday night) is a solid foundation for the future of Mississippi State," Mullen said. "I think Mississippi State Bulldogs everywhere know this team is going to have a real bright future and they are going to be a major part of it if we can keep getting crowds and support like they supported us today. It''s amazing."
Relf back on field
MSU sophomore quarterback Chris Relf played second half after being suspended for the past two games.
Relf rushed eight times for 34 yards and didn''t attempt a pass.
Relf''s 38-yard run in the third quarter was the longest of his career.
Washington wraps up
Senior defensive back Marcus Washington had a career-high 15 tackles for the Bulldogs.
That total was the most by a MSU player since Dominic Douglas had 16 against the University of Mississippi last season.
The only Bulldogs who didn''t dress out due to injury were defensive lineman Charles Burns (knee) and safety Zach Smith (concussion).
Mullen said earlier this week Smith could be lost for the season.
Tebow ties Walker
Florida senior quarterback Tim Tebow tied the Southeastern Conference mark for career touchdowns with his 26-yard run in the second quarter.
Tebow has 49 scores and shares the mark with former University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker.
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