It took almost 2 full quarters, but Ole Miss scored the first touchdown of the Egg Bowl Thursday night with just over 2 minutes remaining in the second quarter.

Running back Snoop Conner punched it in to give the Rebels the 10-6 lead before halftime. The Rebels offense went on a 16-play, 78-yard drive that lasted 5:25.

The first half was really a tale of defense. Mississippi State’s defense bottled up Matt Corral for much of the game, while the Rebels defense put pressure on Will Rogers for most of the half.

Corral finished the first half 12-of-17 for 123 yards and added 18 rushing yards. Rogers finished 18-of-29 for 187 yards. Ole Miss’ offense finished with 183 total yards, while MSU finished with 208.

Bulldogs running back Jo’quavious Marks dropped 2 potential touchdown passes just before halftime, and receiver Lideatrick Griffin also dropped another. Then, kicker Noland McCord missed a field goal. It was a rough way to finish the half for MSU.

McCord made 2 field goals in the first half. Ole Miss walk-on kicker Cale Nation made 1.

Ole Miss received the ball to start the game. So, Mississippi State will get the ball to start the second half.