Ole Miss players and coaches indicated that getting off to a fast start in the Egg Bowl was critical, and the Rebels got exactly that, as they jumped out to a 28-3 halftime lead. Ole Miss protected the lead in the second half and went on to the 38-27 win.
Update: Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott scored on the Bulldog’s first possession of the second half to cut the Ole Miss lead to 28-10.
Mississippi State held the Rebels to a field-goal attempt on the ensuing possession, and Ole Miss kicker Gary Wunderlich missed his second attempt of the night.
The Bulldogs followed that up with a field goal of their own to make it 28-13.
Ole Miss answered with 10 consecutive points on a 48-yard field goal and a 38-yard touchdown run from running back Jordan Wilkins.
Mississippi State immediately responded with an impressive nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a Prescott 13-yard touchdown pass to running back Malik Dear to cut the lead to 38-20.
The Bulldogs came back on their next possession and Prescott found Dear again in the end zone to narrow Ole Miss’ lead to 38-27.
The Rebels recovered an onside kick and ran out the rest of the clock to preserve the win.
Original story: The Ole Miss offense was a big reason why, as they scored on each of its first three possessions. The Rebels totaled 250 yards, and quarterback Chad Kelly scored three total touchdowns in the first half.
Defensively, Ole Miss held Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in check. The senior totaled 85 passing yards and had two turnovers in the first half. Rebels defensive back Tony Bridges picked off one of Prescott’s passes and returned it for a defensive touchdown. The Bulldogs have totaled 162 yards in the first half. The Rebels also totaled four sacks.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has to be pleased with the way his team started the game, but there’s still plenty of time to play against an offense that can score points in a hurry.