Matt Corral leads Ole Miss to Egg Bowl victory over Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, miss. – Snoop Conner ran for two touchdowns and No. 8 Mississippi scored 21 straight points to beat Mississippi State 31-21 on Thursday night in a windy, rainy and cold egg bowl.

“What a cool night. What a cool win. We’re 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 for a touchdown and passed 234 yards to help Ole Miss (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) overcome an early 6-3 deficit for a 24-6 lead early in the fourth quarter. Corral was 25 out 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 get it out of us,” said Corral. “We tied together and we are stronger. And it shows. “

Matt Corrall celebrates Snoop Conners (24) first half touchdown.
Matt Corral celebrates Snoop Conners (24) first half touchdown.

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

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

Mississippi State 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 Jo’quavious Marks with 2:27 left, but could not pull within single digits.

“The statistics look pretty good,” said Mississippi State coach Mike Leach. “We played hard. But they made more key plays and that’s the difference.”

The Bulldogs had 420 yards total offense, mostly in the final period of the delayed rally, but had trouble translating yards into points.

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


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