Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State: 10 biggest blowouts in Egg Bowl rivalry history
Ole Miss and Mississippi State have a long history on the gridiron, with a rivalry that dates back to 1902. In that century-plus, the Rebels have a decent lead in the series – 64-45-5 – but the teams have been evenly matched when to comes to the most uneven matchups.
Of the 10 most lopsided outcomes in the history of the Egg Bowl, each team has come out on top 5 times – and each has been whipped 5 times.
Ole Miss got the better of State early on, winning the 1st 3 times, but then the Bulldogs got on a roll. The years from 1908 to 1918 saw 4 of the 10 biggest blowouts – all State victories.
The Rebels hit their stride in the mid-1920s and it lasted a while. In fact from 1947-63, Ole Miss went 17 straight meetings without a loss. (There were 3 ties.)
The last 3 decades have featured the most tightly contested stretch in series history as each team is 16-16 since 1989. And not surprisingly, only 2 of the 10 most-lopsided losses have come during this dead-even stretch.
Here are the 10 biggest blowouts in the Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State Egg Bowl rivalry history:
10. Mississippi State 34, Ole Miss 0 (1918)
This was a strange year. The Spanish flu pandemic and the U.S. involvement in World War I disrupted both team’s schedules as well as the availability of some players.
In order to replace canceled games, the in-state rivals agreed to meet twice – the only time they have met multiple times in 1 season.
The first meeting was on Thanksgiving in Starkville and State (then known as the Mississippi A&M Aggies) rolled past the Rebels.
They met again in Oxford and Ole Miss was more competitive, but still didn’t score in a 13-0 loss.
9. Mississippi State 55, Ole Miss 20 (2016)
This wasn’t a very good year for either team as both entered the game guaranteed of a losing record.
The Bulldogs salvaged bragging rights in the finale, though, as Nick Fitzgerald threw 3 touchdown passes and ran for 2 more.
Both teams finished with similar records: State at 6-7, Ole Miss at 5-7.
8. Mississippi State 36, Ole Miss 0 (1916)
Neither team was very good overall, but the Bulldogs were much better than the Rebels when they met.
The victory enabled State to avoid a losing season by finishing with a 4-4-1 record. Ole Miss finished 3-6.
7. Ole Miss 51, Mississippi State 14 (1972)
This game was a lot like the 1916 matchup. The teams were fairly evenly matched over the course of the season, but they failed to produce a competitive game. The victorious Rebels finished 5-5 and the Bulldogs finished 4-7.
6. Mississippi State 44, Ole Miss 6 (1908)
The Bulldogs rolled to victory to salvage 1 more win in a 3-4 season, while the Rebels dropped to 3-5 in a forgettable season for both teams.
5. (tie) Ole Miss 49, Mississippi State 7 (1951)
The Rebels finished a winning season (6-3-1) on a positive note while denying the Bulldogs a winning record — they finished 4-5.
5. (tie) Ole Miss 42, Mississippi State 0 (1959)
The 2-7 Bulldogs, who finished winless in the SEC, were no match for the powerhouse Rebels, who finished 10-1 and No. 2 in the final poll. Ole Miss’ only loss came at LSU (7-3) on Billy Cannon’s legendary punt return on Halloween night that clinched the Heisman Trophy for him.
3. Ole Miss 45, Mississippi State 0 (2008)
The Rebels finished the season ranked No. 14 after finishing 9-4 while the Bulldogs struggled to a 4-8 finish.
2. Ole Miss 48, Mississippi State 0 (1971)
This blowout came during a season-ending streak of 6 wins in 7 games, which concluded with a victory over Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl for the Rebels. The Bulldogs limped home with a 2-9 record.
1. Mississippi State 65, Ole Miss 0 (1915)
Mississippi A&M was the better program in the early days and finished this season with a 5-2-1 record; the hapless Rebels finished 2-6.