No. 8 Mississippi defeats Mississippi State 31-21 in Egg Bowl

Snoop Conner ran for two touchdowns and No. 8 Mississippi scored 21 straight points to beat Mississippi State 31-21 Thursday night in a windy, rainy and cold Egg Bowl

STARKVILLE, mademoiselle. – Snoop Conner ran for two touchdowns and No. 8 Mississippi scored 21 straight points to beat Mississippi State 31-21 Thursday night in a windy, rainy and cold Egg Bowl.

“What a cool night. What a great victory. We are happy and relieved, ”said Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin. ” It was not easy. But our players found a way to win and that’s what matters. We’re down to 10 wins and that looks really cool. “

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.

“I was with this team when we had 5-5 and we lost records. It was in us. We just needed people to get it out of us, ”Corral said. “We bonded and we are stronger. And it shows. “

The Rebels totaled 388 yards on offense, with Connor scoring twice on 1-yard carries in the decisive blast. He ran for 60 yards on 16 carries.

Dontario Drummond had 13 receptions for 133 yards, and Jerrion Ealy scored on a 15-yard run to extend the lead to 31-13 with 5:35 left.

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 stats sheet looks pretty good,” Mississippi State coach Mike Leach said. “We played hard. But they made more key plays and that’s the difference. “

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.

PIVOT SERIES

Trailing 10-6 in the second period, Mississippi State missed an opportunity to take the lead before half-time, losing three potential touchdown passes. Lideatrick Griffin and Jo’Quavious Marks couldn’t hold off Rogers’ precise throws inside the red zone, followed by a failed field goal attempt. The empty scoring campaign was significant as Ole Miss built a 24-6 cushion early in the fourth quarter.

“Let me say it right away. Ole Miss has a defense, ”Corral said. “It’s something we couldn’t say in the past. But they carried us for the last five weeks, took breaks and they showed it was a team thing. “

TO TAKE THEM

Mississippi: Winning a high-risk, high-reward match was limited by the usual bragging rights. The Rebels won an academic record of 10 regular season games 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.

“It’s not about me, it’s about us,” Corral said.

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs exceeded expectations in Leach’s second season, defeating No. 14 Texas A&M, No. 24 in North Carolina State and winning four of the 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.

“I think we’ve improved more than any team in the conference and we’ve been improving steadily every week,” Leach said. “We beat some ranked teams and lost to a few as well. But we left a lot of meat on the bone in our opportunities. “

SURVEY IMPLICATIONS

No. 8 Ole Miss is able to climb to the top of the season pending the outcome of weekend rivalries.

FOLLOWING

Mississippi: Awaiting a bowl offer, most likely a New Years Six appearance. “We don’t care where we go because they’re all awesome,” Corral said. “The main thing is that we are still playing”

Mississippi State: Awaiting Bowl Offer.

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