Even a mistake-free performance by Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott wasn’t enough to overcome Ole Miss’ ground game.
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The Ole Miss Rebels defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs 31-17 in the annual Egg Bowl between the two in-state rivals.
In the first quarter Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace ran in for a TD to give the Rebels a lead that they would barely give up in the entire game. The Bulldogs responded with a FG from PK Evan Sobiesk to cut the Rebels lead to 7-3 heading into half-time.
With a TD run from Bulldogs QB Dak Prescott early in the third quarter, Mississippi State took its first and only lead of the day – for a grand total of 1:40. Three straight third quarter scoring drives from the Rebels doomed the offensively-struggling Bulldogs, first with a TD run by Jeremy Liggins, then a FG and finally the play that sealed the win for the Rebels – a dazzling 91 yard TD run by RB Jaylen Walton to give them a 24-10 lead. The Bulldogs came close in the fourth quarter with a TD pass from Prescott to De’Runnya Wilson to cut the deficit to 24-17, but RB Jordan Wilkins responded with a HB toss to Cody Core to give the Rebels their 31-17 lead, and the Bulldogs were unable to score again.
In a low-scoring affair for a Mississippi State team that had only been held below 30 points twice coming into the game, the Bulldogs were unable to break through the Ole Miss defense despite 445 yards of offense. The Rebels defense managed to keep Dak Prescott under duress all day, sacking him three times and only allowing 3.5 yards/carry for the entire Bulldogs offense.
With the loss Mississippi State falls to two losses on the season, almost guaranteeing that they will be eliminated from the upcoming College Football Playoff poll.