Mississippi State once again with toe to toe with an SEC opponent despite their roster being down to the bare minimum of eligible players, but once again, the Bulldogs came up short. This time, a 31-24 loss to their in-state rivals at Ole Miss meant the Golden Egg Trophy would return to Oxford for the first time since 2017.
The game turned in the first quarter, where MSU had driven down to the Ole Miss 1 yard line looking to even a 7-0 game, but then this happened.
— TJ (@TJOxley1) November 28, 2020
Ole Miss converted the lone turnover into points, turning into a 14 point swing effectively. MSU would get back in the game on the ensuing possession, then Ole Miss would convert a 3rd and 18 into a 81 yard touchdown pass to Braylon Sanders, making it 21-7 Rebels. State would battle from behind the rest of the day, eventually cutting the Rebel lead to three in the fourth quarter on an Austin Williams touchdown catch that capped a 10 play 75 yard drive, the third touchdown pass of the game for Will Rogers. Rogers had another solid game, completing 45 of 61 passes for a career high 440 yards. He hit fellow freshman Jaden Walley 9 times for 176 yards, making him the first freshman since Mardye McDole in 1977 to have back to back 100 yard games.
QB Will Rogers ➡️ WR Austin Williams. TD Bulldogs !
Mississippi State revient à 3 points d'Ole Miss. 🔥 #EggBowl
Ole Miss 24, Mississippi State 21pic.twitter.com/ByGvtqcEpC
— TBP College Football (@thebluepennant) November 29, 2020
State was unable to curtail the potent Rebel offense, as the red and blue rolled up 550 yards on the day, with quarterback Matt Corral hitting 24-36 for 385 yards and 2 scores. The Rebels would answer the Bulldog score with a
9 play 77 yard drive capped off by a Jerrion Ealy nine yard touchdown run. State would kick a field goal to make it a one score game, and despite being unable to convert on the onside kick, forced a 3 and out to give themselves one more chance. State was able to get down to the Rebel 36, but Rogers’ Hail Mary attempt fell incomplete to end the game.
Mississippi State falls to 2-6 on the season, they’ll be off next week as a result of some COVID postponements, then will finish the regular season with Auburn and Missouri on December 12th and 19th. It is the first time since 1936 the Bulldogs will play two regular season contests after the Egg Bowl.
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