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Published on November 29th, 2014 | by Carver Rayburn


Mullen: Our defense is pathetic; Freeze: We were the better team

Explosive plays, a strong will, and a few tricks.

Behind a 91-yard touchdown run and a 31-yard halfback pass for a score, No. 19 Ole Miss throttled No. 4 Mississippi State 31-17 Saturday night in Oxford. The Rebels finish the regular season with a 9-3 record and won their second Egg Bowl in three years under Head Coach Hugh Freeze.

“It’s a great feeling to reclaim the pride of our program and win the Egg Bowl,” Freeze said. “It’s a priority we have every year. To get that done tonight, with facing some adversity, I’m so proud of our young men.”

The Ole Miss defense held Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott to just 48 yards rushing and sacked the sophomore Heisman hopeful four times.

“Tonight, I was making sure everyone on the sideline knew if they were going to beat us, they were going to have to kill us,” defensive lineman C.J. Johnson said.

With wins over No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Mississippi State, Ole Miss has defeated two Top 5 programs in the same season for the first time since 1969.

It was the emergence of a running game, however, that led to the 31-17 victory over the Bulldogs. Leading 17-10 late in the third quarter, Jaylen Walton turned a minimal gain into a 91 yard scamper for a touchdown. Ole Miss finished with 205 yards on the ground.

Senior quarterback Bo Wallace, who was limited with a high ankle sprain relied on Evan Engram through the air. Engram hauled in five catches for 176 yards. Wallace finished with 296 yards passing and a rushing touchdown.

“There is plenty of blame to go around…I think we gave up over 20 yards per play,” Mississippi State Head Coach Dan Mullen said. “That is pathetic. That is just an awful job by our defense.”

The Rebels will now wait for an Bowl Bid, making it three in a row for Freeze. The Local Voice Ligature

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About the Author

Carver Rayburn was born and raised an Ole Miss Rebel in Oxford, Mississippi. He has worked for many newspapers and magazines in both editorial and advertising, including OffBeat Magazine, The Hattiesburg American, The Meridian Star, The Neshoba Democrat, The Madison County Journal, The Clarke County Tribune, The New Albany Gazette, Southeastern Football Saturdays, and Rebel Yell. He currently lives in New Orleans and has a four-year-old son, Hart. You can contact Carver at carverrayburn@hotmail.com.

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