Elijah Moore made one of the most memorable penalties in Egg Bowl history that was one of the things that caused Ole Miss to drop the Egg Bowl, 21-20, on Thanksgiving. He made his first statement about the incident on Friday.

Late in the game, Moore caught a 2-yard pass with four seconds remaining to pull the Rebels within one point. But Moore then crawled to the back of the end zone and pretended to urinate like a dog, an obvious reference to the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

“I apologize to my teammates, coaches and Rebel Nation for my actions at the end of the game,” Moore said in a statement released by the school. “It was an emotional moment, and I deeply regret it. It does not represent who I am or who we are as a team, and I will grow stronger from this mistake.”

After the 15-yard celebration penalty, K Luke Logan missed a 35-yard extra point as it also kept Ole Miss from trying a potential game-winning 2-point conversion.

After the game, Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said that behavior is not who the Rebels are, and they’ve been a disciplined team all season. He said Moore is a good kid who got caught up in the moment.