By CHRIS BURROWS, Associated Press
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Snoop Conner ran for 2 touchdowns and No. 8 Mississippi scored 21 straight factors to beat Mississippi State 31-21 on Thursday evening in a windy, wet and chilly Egg Bowl.
Matt Corral ran for a landing and handed for 229 yards to assist 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 of 33 with an interception.
The Rebels completed with 388 yards of complete offense, with Connor scoring twice on 1-yard runs throughout the decisive outburst. He rushed for 60 yards on 16 carries. Dontario Drummond had 13 receptions for 133 yards and Jerrion Ealy scored on a 15-yard run to make it 31-13 lead with 5:35 left.
Mississippi State’s Will Rogers was 38 of 58 for 336 yards and an 11-yard landing move to Jaden Walley in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs (7-5, 4-4) added an 11-yard landing run by Jo’quavious Marks with 2:27 remaining, however couldn’t pull inside single digits.
The Bulldogs had 420 yards of complete offense, primarily in the ultimate interval in the belated rally, however had bother translating yards into factors.
Makai Polk had 10 receptions for 98 yards and added a two-point conversion. Nolan McCord had discipline targets of 34 and 29 yards.
Mississippi: Winning a high-risk, high-reward match, was capped by the standard bragging rights. The Rebels gained a school-record 10 regular-season games and wrapped up second place in the SEC West race. A New Year’s Six look seems possible, accompanied by a Top 10 rating. Corral, already declared for the NFL draft, stays a darkish horse in the Heisman Trophy chase.
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 successful 4 of the final six begins. Rogers handed for 300-plus yards for the tenth time this season as Mississippi State tendencies upward towards postseason play.
No. 8 Ole Miss is in place to maneuver as much as a season-high spot pending the outcomes of weekend rivalries.
Mississippi: Awaits a bowl bid, almost certainly a New Year’s Six look.
Mississippi State: Awaits a bowl bid.
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