Rapid Reaction: Ole Miss notches first 10-win regular season with Egg Bowl victory over MSU
The Ole Miss Rebels made history Thursday night in their 31-21 Egg Bowl victory over Mississippi State.
For the first time in program history, Ole Miss has won 10 regular season games and has a chance to get to 11 with a bowl game victory.
On a rainy night from Starkville, Mississippi, things weren’t too pretty for either team at times, especially Mississippi State’s offense. Ole Miss’ defense got after quarterback Will Rogers all night night, and MSU struggled to really get anything going. It especially had trouble trying to block Rebels pass rusher Sam Williams, who finished with 2 sacks.
A microcosm of the game happened right before halftime. Ole Miss drove the length of the field and Snoop Conner scored the game’s first touchdown that allowed the Rebels to take the 10-6 lead. Mississippi State got the ball with just over 2 minutes left before halftime, and the Bulldogs nearly drove the length of the field, too. But they dropped 3 straight touchdown passes. Running back Jo’quavious Marks dropped 2 of them, while receiver Lideatrick Griffin dropped the third. Then, Nolan McCord missed the 33-yard field goal.
Ole Miss then scored on its first possession of the third quarter and seized momentum.
Thanks to a fourth quarter Matt Corral interception by Jett Johnson, Mississippi State scored its first offensive touchdown of the game. Rogers hit Jaden Walley for the touchdown to cut the Rebels lead to 24-13.
However, running back Jerrion Ealy put the Rebels up for good with a 15-yard touchdown.
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— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) November 26, 2021
Corral finished 26-of-34 for 234 yards and 1 touchdown. He also addd a rushing touchdown. Snoop Conner finished with 2 rushing touchdowns. Dontario Drummond finished with 14 catches for 138 yards.
Rogers finished 38-of-58 for 336 yards and 1 touchdown.