Corral leads No. 9 Ole Miss past MS State in the Egg Bowl

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STARKVILLE, miss. — 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.

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.

The Rebels finished with 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 31-13 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 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.

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.

Mississippi State: Despite the loss, the Bulldogs exceeded expectations in Mike 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.

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.

Mississippi State: Awaiting Bowl Bid.

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