STARKVILLE, Miss. — Ole Miss flushed away a golden probability on the Golden Egg.
Luke Logan missed a 35-yard further level attempt after Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore was penalized for celebrating a landing by crawling and pretending to urinate like a canine, and Mississippi State escaped with a 21-20 victory Thursday evening within the 116th Egg Bowl.
“That is not who we’re. We have been a disciplined staff all 12 months, and so simply disenchanted that occurred,” Rebels coach Matt Luke stated. “That is not who he’s. Elijah is an effective child, and he simply bought caught up within the second.”
Ole Miss (4-8, 2-6 Southeastern Convention) pulled inside a degree with Four seconds remaining on Matt Corral’s 2-yard move to Moore, however Logan hooked the additional level after Moore price the Rebels 15 yards. The additional yards additionally prevented Ole Miss from going for a successful 2-point conversion.
The penalty was one other in an extended line of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls between these two groups lately, and oddly not the primary one that includes a participant pretending to pee (the Rebels’ DK Metcalf was flagged for the same celebration within the 2017 recreation). Luke stated he knew that as feelings flared within the annual rivalry recreation, showboating would should be prevented.
“Completely,” Luke stated. “We talked about it. We had 5 penalties. We simply wished to play a clear recreation. Nothing after the whistles or earlier than the whistles was going to assist us win the ballgame.”
Mississippi State (6-6, 3-5 SEC) beat Ole Miss at residence for the primary time since 2013, probably saving second-year coach Joe Moorhead’s job.
Moorhead was fiery in his protection of the job his employees has performed with this staff, overcoming a litany of educational suspensions and several other accidents to key gamers.
“To me it was an exclamation level on the narrative that I am not the appropriate man for this job or this staff, or that I am unable to coach on this league,” Moorhead stated. “That is my faculty, my staff, and that is my program. They’re going to have to tug my Yankee ass out of right here.”
The groups mixed for seven sacks and 17 tackles for loss, and Mississippi State received the turnover battle 3-1. The Bulldogs’ Erroll Thompson had 11 tackles, one for a loss, a move deflection and a compelled fumble.
“Erroll’s our staff captain, , and he has the arrogance of the staff,” Moorhead stated. “For him to play the best way he did, and simply your complete protection, it was a fantastic staff win.”
The Bulldogs scored two first-half touchdowns, the primary on Nick Gibson’s 27-yard run and the second on the following possession on quarterback Garrett Shrader’s 1-yard run. Ole Miss responded with two touchdowns of its personal, with John Rhys Plumlee scoring on a 2-yard run and Jerrion Ealy on a 5-yarder to tie it at 14 on the half.
Halfway by means of the third quarter, the Bulldogs sacked Plumlee thrice on the identical drive, the third forcing a fumble. Seven performs later, Shrader scored on a 5-yard run to place Mississippi State up 21-14.
After pulling Plumlee in favor of Corral, Ole Miss had two completely different crimson zone alternatives within the fourth quarter. The opposite ended with a Marcus Murphy interception.
On the ultimate drive of the sport, Mississippi State dedicated three of its 5 complete penalties and Ole Miss ran 9 performs contained in the 15 earlier than ultimately connecting for the landing.
Ole Miss: The Rebels are younger and proceed to indicate indicators of life below Luke, however inconsistent play and the shortage of a transparent offensive technique are the largest causes they will be sitting at residence this bowl season.
Mississippi State: After an extended season that fell effectively wanting expectations, an emotional residence victory over a hated rival would possibly simply be sufficient to maintain Moorhead from dropping his job. However perhaps not.