By Carlen Dixon
SEC Digital Network
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- It's all about timing. Quarterback Dak Prescott entered the game in the fourth quarter and led Mississippi State to a scoring drive to tie the game, then ran for the winning touchdown in overtime as the Bulldogs downed Ole Miss 17-10 in the Egg Bowl on Thursday.
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace appeared ready to send the game to a second OT, but Mississippi State's Nickoe Whitley knocked the ball loose just before Wallace could cross the goal line, and Jamerson Love recovered the fumble to seal the win.
The game was largely a defensive struggle, as both teams struggled to find the end zone. Ole Miss' (7-5, 3-5 SEC) sole touchdown came after Collins Moore blocked a Mississippi State punt and Terrell Grant returned it for the score with 26 seconds left in the first half.
The Bulldogs had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Evan Sobiesk's 38-yard field goal attempt drifted wide right.
Mississippi State (6-6, 3-5 SEC) wrapped up bowl eligibility with the victory, marking the fourth straight year the Bulldogs will see postseason play.
Passing – Bo Wallace, 26-for-40, 182 yards, 3 INT
Rushing – Jaylon Walton, 10 car, 37 yards
Receiving – Laquon Treadwell, 9 rec, 57 yards
Passing – Dak Prescott, 11-for-20, 115 yards
Rushing – Josh Robinson, 7 carries, 38 yards
Receiving – Jameon Lewis, 6 rec, 68 yards
• Nickoe Whitley recorded his 15th career interception, the most among active FBS players.
• Dan Mullen is 3-0 at home against Ole Miss
• Mississippi State defeated Ole Miss for the fourth time in the last five meetings for just the second time since 1950. The last time that happened was from 2007-11.