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    Big Second Half Lifts Ole Miss past MSU


    By Tim Letcher
    Twitter: @TimLetcher
    SEC Digital Network

    OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss outscored Mississippi State 24-7 in the second half en route to winning the annual Egg Bowl, 41-24 on Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

    The Rebel offense was clicking in this game, racking up 528 yards of total offense and 28 first downs.

    Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace had a big night, connecting on 15-of-22 passing for 294 yards and five touchdowns. His main target was Donte Moncrief, who caught seven passes for 173 yards and three scores.

    The Rebel defense also did a nice job, holding Mississippi State to 30 yards rushing in the ballgame.

    Ole Miss scored first, when Wallace hit Jamal Mosley with a 25-yard scoring pass. However, Mississippi State's Jameon Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff for 100 yards to tie the score at 7.

    The teams exchanged scores through the rest of the first half, and the game was tied at 17 at the break.

    With the win, Ole Miss is now 6-6 and 3-5 in the SEC. Mississippi State falls to 8-4, 4-4.

    Statistical Leaders

    Mississippi State

    Passing: Tyler Russell 18-33, 268 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
    Rushing: LaDarius Perkins, 16 car, 45 yards
    Receiving: Chad Bumphis, 6 rec, 146 yards, 1 TD

    Ole Miss

    Passing: Bo Wallace, 15-22, 294 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT
    Rushing: Jeff Scott, 28 car, 111 yards
    Receiving: Donte Moncrief, 7 rec, 173 yards, 3 TD

    Quick Notes

    - MSU’s Chad Bumphis is six receptions shy of school record.

    - Ole Miss leads series 61-42-6. This game is the 15th oldest rivalry in FBS history (tied w/ Michigan and Ohio State).

    - The win for Ole Miss is the first win over ranked opponent since the 2010 Cotton Bowl win over No. 17 Oklahoma State.

    - 22 Rebel seniors played their final home game.

    - Ole Miss is now bowl-eligible for first time since 2009.