Nr. 8 Mississippi beats Mississippi State 31-21 in the Egg Bowl

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Snoop Conner ran after two touchdowns and No. 8 Mississippi scored 21 equal points to beat …

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Snoop Conner ran after 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 great 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 have 10 wins and that sounds really cool. “

Matt Corral ran after a touchdown and passed 229 yards to help Ole Miss (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) overcome an early 6-3 deficit to a 24-6 lead early in the fourth quarter. Corral was 25 of 33 with an interception.

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

The Rebels had 388 yards total offense, with Connor scoring twice on 1-yard runs during the decisive outing. He rushed 60 yards on 16 carries.

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

Mississippi State’s Will Rogers was 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 run by the Jo’quavious Marks with 2:27 left, but could not pull within single digits.

“The statistics 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 had 420 yards total offense, primarily in the final period of the delayed rally, but had trouble converting yards to points.

Makai Polk had 10 receptions at 98 yards and added a two-point conversion. Nolan McCord had field goals of 34 and 29 yards.

PIVOTAL SERIES

After 10-6 in the second period, Mississippi State missed an opportunity to take the lead before the break and lost three potential touchdown passes. Lideatrick Griffin and Jo’Quavious Marks could not hold on to accurate throws from Rogers inside the red zone, followed by a missed field goal attempt. The empty scoring drive towered as Ole Miss built a 24-6 cushion early in the fourth quarter.

“Let me say it right now. Ole Miss has a defense,” Corral said. “It’s something we could not say before. But they’ve carried us over the last five weeks, made some breaks, and they showed that this is a team thing.”

TAKEAWAYS

Mississippi: Winning a high-risk, high-reward fight was limited by the usual bragging rights. The Rebels won a school record in 10 games in the regular season and won second place in the SEC West race. A New Year’s Six appearance seems likely, accompanied by a Top 10 ranking. Corral, who has already been declared the NFL Draft, remains a dark horse in the Heisman Trophy hunt.

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

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs exceeded expectations in Leach’s second season, beating No. 14 Texas A&M, No. 24 North Carolina State and winning four of the last six starts. Rogers passed for 300 plus yards for the 10th time this season as Mississippi State trends upward toward off-season play.

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

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Nr. 8 Ole Miss is in a position to move up to the top spot of the season in anticipation of the results of this weekend’s rivalry.

NEXT

Mississippi: Awaiting a toast, most likely a New Year’s Six appearance. “We do not care where we go, because they are all amazing,” Corral said. “The most important thing is that we are still playing”

Mississippi State: Awaiting Bowl Bid.

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