Big-man TD! Ole Miss DL JJ Pegues rumbles in for score to stretch Rebels' lead just before half
Ole Miss cashed in on a big-man touchdown with less than 2 minutes to go before the half in the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State.
The Rebels’ red-zone offense had struggled to get into the end zone for much of the opening 2 quarters, settling for 3 Jonathan Cruz field goals but knowing that their lead could have been much greater.
After an interception of Will Rogers with just over 6-and-a-half minutes to go in the 2nd, the Rebels drove it right to the doorstep. Facing 4th-and-goal at the 1, they sent out defensive lineman JJ Pegues as it appeared that they’d look to utilize him in the jumbo package to help get leverage up front.
As it turns out, Lane Kiffin and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis Jr. had other ideas. Pegues rolled to the right, caught the pass and rumbled in for the score to send his teammates and Vaught-Hemingway Stadium into a frenzy.
6-FOOT-2, 315-POUND J.J. PEGUES GETS IN FOR THE BIG MAN TOUCHDOWN! ?️ pic.twitter.com/zCNALM3Nqc
— Grayson Weir (@GsonJW) November 25, 2022
The former Auburn player made the switch from tight end to defensive line in his 2nd season with the program. That said, Kiffin and Weis may want to utilize him in their offense a bit more moving forward!
Ole Miss led 16-14 at halftime after a late Mississippi State touchdown.