Snoop Conner ran for two touchdowns and the No. 8 Mississippi scored 21 straight points to beat Mississippi State 31-21 Thursday night in a blustery, rainy, and cold Egg Bowl.
Matt Corral ran for a touchdown and had 229 yards to help Ole Miss (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) overcome an early 6-3 deficit for a 24-6 lead early in the fourth quarter. Corral finished 25 of 33 with an interception.
The Rebels finished with 388 total yards of attack, Connor scoring twice on 1-yard carries in the decisive blast. He ran 60 yards on 16 carries. Dontario Drummond had 13 receptions for 133 yards and Jerrion Ealy scored on a 15-yard rush to extend the lead to 31-13 with 5:35 left.
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Will Rogers of Mississippi state scored 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 by Jo’quavious Marks with 2:27 left, but couldn’t shoot single digits.
The Bulldogs totaled 420 yards on offense, mostly in the latter part of the late rally, but struggled to translate yards into points.
Makai Polk had 10 receptions for 98 yards and added a two-point conversion. Nolan McCord had baskets from 34 and 29 yards.
TO TAKE THEM
Mississippi: Winning a high-risk, high-reward match was limited by the usual bragging rights. The Rebels won a 10-game regular-season school record and finished second in the SEC West race. A New Years Six appearance seems likely, accompanied by a Top 10 ranking. Corral, already declared for the NFL Draft, remains a dark horse in the pursuit of the Heisman Trophy.
Mississippi State: Despite the loss, the Bulldogs exceeded expectations in Mike Leach’s second season, beating No. 14 Texas A&M, No. 24 in North Carolina State and winning four of last six starts . Rogers has hit over 300 yards for the 10th time this season as Mississippi State tends to move up towards playoff play.
Number 8 Ole Miss is able to climb to the top of the season pending the results of weekend rivalries.
Mississippi: Awaiting a bowl offer, most likely a New Years Six appearance.
Mississippi State: Awaiting Bowl Offer.