The 116th meeting and 92nd Egg Bowl between Mississippi State and Ole Miss went down to the wire, but turnovers and a poorly timed celebration in the final seconds “peed the game away” for Ole Miss to keep the game from going to overtime, giving Mississippi State a 21-20 victory after a missed PAT that was pushed back due to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Nick Gibson put the Bulldogs on the board first with a 27-yard rush touchdown, giving them a 7-0 lead after the successful PAT with 6:42 remaining in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs added another touchdown in the first half when Shrader led a 13-play, 74-yard drive that resulted in the freshman quarterback keeping it on a one-yard scurry to the endzone. A Jace Christmann PAT gave them a 14-0 lead with 11:22 left in the second quarter.
Plumlee and the Rebels responded with a 10-play, 81-yard drive that led to their first score of the evening when Plumlee found a crease in the Bulldog defensive line to run in from two yards out. The touchdown brought Ole Miss to within seven after the PAT with 6:15 remaining in the second quarter.
With the clock under four minutes remaining, Ole Miss made their way down into Mississippi State territory. After a touchdown was taken off the board due to an official review, Jerrion Ealy made sure there was no doubt, rushing in from six-yards out to tie the game after a Logan PAT 14-14.
Both teams went to the half after Mississippi State ran out the clock.
With just under seven minutes left in the third quarter, Chauncey Rivers came up big, swatting the ball from Plumlee’s hands forcing a fumble. Willie Gay picked the fumble up, returning it to the Ole Miss 40. From here, Mississippi State drove the ball down the field in seven plays, capping off the drive with a six-yard Shrader rushing touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 21-14 lead with 3:24 left in the quarter.
With 6:10 remaining in the game, Matt Corral who came in in place of Plumlee to lead the drive was intercepted by Bulldog Marcus Murphy, killing the Rebel’s momentum.
The Ole Miss defense forced a punt by Mississippi State with 2:18 to play giving the Rebels life. Mississippi State forced a fourth and 24, however, Corral found Braylon Sanders for a pass that put them on the Bulldog 29. A roughing the passer penalty then put them inside the red zone on the Mississippi State 15.
The Bulldogs forced a fourth and four with 30 seconds to play but were called for offsides giving the Rebels more life. Penalties back-and-forth between both teams eventually set the ball on the Bulldogs two. On third and goal, Corral found Moore for the touchdown. Moore then celebrated by mimicking a peeing dog, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, forcing a 33-yard PAT attempt. Logan’s kick did not go through the uprights, falling to the outside of the pylon. That failed kick meant Mississippi State’s lead remained intact by one point, 21-20.
Ole Miss’ onside kick attempt was recovered by Mississippi State and the Bulldogs celebrated their second-straight Egg Bowl victory.
Garrett Shrader: 10/14, 108 passing yards, 12 carries, 19 yards, 2 rushing touchdowns
Kylin Hill: 27 carries, 132 yards
Deddrick Thomas: 4 receptions, 49 yards,
John Rhys Plumlee: 9/14, 121 passing yards, 18 carries, 34 yards, 1 rushing touchdown
Jerrion Ealy: 15 carries, 82 yards, 1 rushing touchdown
Elijah Moore: 3 receptions, 35 yards, 1 receiving touchdown