OXFORD, Miss.—Chris Relf threw for a career-high 288 yards and three touchdowns as No. 25 Mississippi State beat Mississippi 31-23 on Saturday night in the Egg Bowl.
The Bulldogs dominated for most of the game, with a 498-326 advantage in total yards. But Ole Miss nearly rallied from a 31-9 fourth-quarter deficit, scoring two touchdowns to cut the deficit to eight with 4:21 remaining.
The Rebels' comeback ended with after Jeremiah Masoli was sacked on a 4th-and-24 play with 59.4 seconds remaining.
MSU's LaDarius Perkins caught three passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. The freshman also rushed for 98 yards on 13 carries.
Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC) won for the first time in Oxford since 1998. The
Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins (27) hauls in a second-quarter 15-yard pass in front of Mississippi linebacker Allen Walker (9) and runs into the end zone for a touchdown during their NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. ((AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis))
road team has won only once in the past 12 years of the series.
Masoli led Ole Miss (4-8, 1-7) with 261 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception.