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Bowl 1st meeting for Mississippi St., Wake Forest

(AP) - Wake Forest wide receiver Chris Givens has some powerful motivation when the Demon Deacons meet Mississippi State for the first game between the programs.

It's not protecting Atlantic Coast Conference bragging rights over the mighty Southeastern Conference.

No, this is much more personal.

Mississippi State linebacker Christian Holmes is Givens' second cousin, and that means family pride is on the line Friday night at the Music City Bowl.

Givens says he knows he'll never hear the end if Mississippi State (6-6) beats Wake Forest (6-6) and wants to be the one who can brag back home in Mississippi. The cousins have been communicating through Twitter and Facebook since the game was set.

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