Egg Bowl Recap

The Egg Bowl, over its many years, has oftentimes played spoiler for both Ole Miss and Mississippi State. It seems as if the team with more to lose is almost always victorious over the team that has nothing to lose.

No other statement could be closer to the truth regarding last night’s game.

The Ole Miss Rebels finished the 2014 season strong with an upset of in-state rival Mississippi State who was on the brink of competing in the first ever College Football Playoff.

Many critics did not give the Rebels much of a chance to come away with a victory. Especially considering the way they performed against Arkansas the week before. However, as most anyone knows when it comes to the Egg Bowl, anything can happen.

Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace (13-30, 196 passing yards, 1 Rush TD, 1 INT) who was injured in last weeks game against Arkansas, managed to score the only touchdown of the half, despite several miscues and overthrows.

Most importantly the Rebels had success in the first half establishing their run game (The Rebels rushed for over 200 yards and averaged 6.6 yards per carry), which is a part of the offense that has not been consistent in recent weeks.

Defensively the Rebels land-shark defense was particularly stingy against the highly touted Bulldogs offense throughout the game. The Rebels even held the Bulldogs to just 3.5 yards per carry, making their running game a non-factor.

In the second half Rebels QB Bo Wallace became more effective and managed the offense with consistency and heart.

According to  Head Coach Hugh Freeze, the passes that Wallace was missing in the first half were bootlegs, which were uncomfortable on Wallace’a injured ankle. After one particular series, Wallace asked Freeze on the sideline “Let’s not do that again.” That simple adjustment kept Wallace more comfortable and confident in his performance throughout the rest of the game.

Even though the Bulldogs started the second half with a TD drive to take their first and only lead of the game, the Rebels bounced right back with a 1-yard Jeremy Liggin TD run, and a crazy 91 yard TD scramble by Jaylen Walton.

Mandatory Photo Credit: Hays Collins
Mandatory Photo Credit: Hays Collins

The Bulldogs scored once more early in the 4th quarter, but the Rebels would answer right back with a 2 play 72 yard drive that was capped off with a beautiful halfback toss to RB Jordan Wilkins, who hit a wide open Cody Core for a 31 yard TD pass.

The Rebel defense held off the Bulldogs offense for the remainder of the 4th quarter as they were not to be denied this Egg Bowl victory. Unfortunately the Bulldogs hopes of a first ever College Football Playoff appearance, and possible shot at a national championship came to an abrupt end.

Mandatory Photo Credit: Hays Collins
Mandatory Photo Credit: Hays Collins

Ole Miss finishes the regular season at 9-3, and will be heading to their 3rd straight bowl game.

(Featured Image Mandatory Photo Credit: Hays Collins)

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