Egg Bowl hot topic at Road Dawgs Tour

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In a lot of ways, Joe Moorhead could have done no wrong in his first season as head football coach at Mississippi State as long as he brought the Egg Bowl trophy back to Starkville.

As it turns out, Moorhead did a lot of right in that first season and still brought the Egg Bowl trophy back to Starkville.

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Yesterday, Coach Moorhead took the coveted hardware south to Biloxi for the tenth annual Road Dawgs Tour at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino.

Anyone that says it’s ‘just one game’ doesn’t know college football in the Magnolia State where thanksgiving is a meal that comes second to a brawl at the end of the third quarter.

All that for the Egg Bowl trophy which belongs to the Bulldogs for another six months minimum much to the delight of Coach Moorhead and all those that came before him. “It means everything. For such a great rivalry where there’s a ton of passion and familiarity between the fan bases, for us to win that game up in Oxford and bring that thing home to Starkville, I know there’s a lot of people happy about it starting with President Keenum so always good to keep him happy.”

Former Mississippi State full back Fred Collins said, “That is a great – to us, that is our season. And you go to the dressing room they have a clock dating back to that game. And back in the day I had – at one point – I had the longest run in the history of the Ole Miss-Mississippi State football, like 90 yard touchdown, so I’m excited about that.”

If Mississippi State wins the Egg Bowl again this year, it will be the first time the home team has won since Ole Miss in 2014.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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