Coast players shine in 93rd Egg Bowl

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Despite the best efforts from a pair of Mississippi State wide receivers from the Gulf Coast, the Bulldogs came up short in Saturday’s 31-24 Egg Bowl result.

D’Iberville alum Jaden Walley and his one-handed catch were featured as the number one play on SportsCenter Top 10 as a part of his record setting performance in which he became the first MSU freshman to have back-to-back 100 yard receiving games.

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Overall, the former Warrior led the way with nine receptions for 176 yards alongside Ocean Springs alum Austin Williams who had six receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown.

However, it was also Williams that really cost the Bulldogs early in the game, fumbling on the goal line, resulting in a 14-point swing for Ole Miss.

Coaching in his first ever Egg Bowl, Rebels first-year head man Lane Kiffin says that play might have been the difference in the Golden Egg being in Oxford or Starkville. “Big momentum swing, almost scored on it so that was huge and a lot of really close plays were reviewed and that’s what happens in rivalry games. Usually records don’t matter, and they’re very competitive. I was concerned we’d struggle in this game, so that’s why we brought Knox here, and I think every time you come we win, right? No. No? What game did we lose? Florida and Alabama. Oh yeah, that’s right. Well, maybe if you get a haircut.”

Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore broke the single-season program record with 86 receptions through just eight games, surpassing the mark of 85 set by Tennessee Titans wideout A.J. Brown.

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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.