Ole Miss football fans have been ready to see the return of the Golden Egg to Oxford and it happened Saturday as the Rebels faced the Miss State Bulldogs.
Okay Ole Miss football fans, the Egg is back in Oxford! This is what the Ole Miss football program has wanted and needed. his is what the Ole Miss football program has been waiting for. The Lane Train hasn’t been an easy ride in its first season, but it has been productive and now the Golden Egg resides in Oxford once again.
Saturday evening the Ole Miss Rebels (4-4) defeated the Miss State Bulldogs (2-6) at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford to return the Golden Egg to Oxford. The Rebels won 31-24 in an exciting and once again record-breaking game. OHT looks at the game by the numbers and has some observations.
By The Numbers
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Looking at a game that the final score is 31-24 it would seem there was a defense on the field. There was. However, the fact there were 1,029 yards of offense put up between both teams speaks volumes of what the future holds for both schools.
Matt Corral and the high-powered Rebels offense was responsible for 550 yards of total offense. This was the fifth time the Rebels have reached the 500-yard mark this season which was also the third consecutive game in doing so.
Corral completed 24 of 36 attempts for 385 yards and 2 TDs with no interceptions. Corral’s efforts put him at No.2 in the SEC and his 385 yards place him at No.2 in passing yardage in Egg Bowl history as well as No.1 by an Ole Miss quarterback in the history of the matchup.
Wide receiver Elijah Moore finished the game with 12 receptions for 139 yards. Moore, who is currently ranked as the No.1 receiver in the SEC, has 86 receptions on the season, the most by any receiver in Ole Miss history.
Braylon Sanders finished with 2 receptions for 87 yards and 1 TD while Dontario Drummond had 2 receptions for 84 yards and 1 TD. Jonathan Mingo had 3 receptions for 33 yards while tight end Kenny Yeboah had 2 grabs for 15 yards in the win.
On the ground, Jerrion Ealy had 18 carries for 93 yards and 1 TD. Ealy currently sits as the No.4 rusher in the SEC with 701 yards and his 9 TDs has Ealy tied for the SEC’s 3rd best rusher. Snoop Conner finished the game with 6 carries for 22 yards and 1 TD.
This was an eye-opener for Ole Miss football fans who have doubted the Rebels on the defensive side of the ball. Yes, the Rebels defense did allow MSU quarterback Will Rogers to put up 440 yards of passing. However, the Rebels did allow just 39 rushing yards in a win. Some may say MSU didn’t have to run the ball against the Rebels but would have if they could have.
The Ole Miss defense had some big plays Saturday. None bigger was the fumble recovery by Deane Leonard that was returned 84 yards to set up a Rebels score. Lakia Henry led the Rebels with 10 tackles while Otis Reese had 8 tackles and 1 pass breakup in his Rebels debut. Tylan Knight had a forced fumble.
Congratulations to the Ole Miss Rebels for their win over the Miss State Bulldogs. Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss football have two games remaining for the regular 2020 college football season. The game against Texas A&M was postponed and now the game against LSU has also been postponed due to Covid-19 concerns. The SEC vows to complete the arranged schedule although it will be a tentative December 19 deadline. This of course could change. Please be sure to check back here for further updates regarding the schedule and all of your Ole Miss Rebels news.