No. 8 Mississippi beat Mississippi State 31-21 in the Egg Bowl
Starkville, Ms. – Snoop Conner ran two touchdowns and No. 8 Mississippi scored 21 consecutive points to defeat Mississippi State 31-21 Thursday night in a windy, rainy and cold egg bowl.
Matt Corral ran a touchdown and passed for 229 yards to help the Ole Miss (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) overcome an early 6-3 deficit to advance 24-6 early in the fourth quarter. Coral was 25 of 33 with an intercept.
The Rebels finished 388 yards off the total attack, and Connor scored two goals at 1 yard during the decisive attack. He lunged for 60 yards on 16 buggies. Dontario Drummond had 13 reception for 133 yards and Geryon Eli 15 yards to make it 31-13 ahead with 5:35 left.
Mississippi’s Will Rogers was 38 of 58 for 336 yards and an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Walley in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs (7-5, 4-4) added an 11-yard touchdown run by Jo’quavious Marks with 2:27 left, but couldn’t draw within the single digits.
The Bulldogs had 420 yards of total attack, primarily late in the late rally, but they had trouble translating yards into points.
Makai Polk had 10 receptions for 98 yards and added a two-point conversion. Nolan McCord had field goals of 34 and 29 yards.
Mississippi: Winning a high-stakes, high-reward match was the usual bragging rights. The Rebels won a record 10 regular season games and finished second in the SEC West Race. A six-year appearance in the new year seems likely, accompanied by a top 10 ranking. Corral, who has already been announced in the NFL Draft, is still a dark horse in the Heisman Trophy hunt.
Mississippi State: Despite the loss, the Bulldogs exceeded expectations in Mike Leach’s second season, beating No. 14 at Texas A&M, No. 24 North Carolina State and winning four of their last six starts. Rogers passed over 300 yards for the 10th time this season as Mississippi State heads upward toward postseason play.
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