Ole Miss wins third Egg Bowl in four years
The 114th installment of the Egg Bowl was a great opportunity for Gulfport native Matt Luke to audition for the permanent head coaching job at Ole Miss one last time. He took full advantage of it on Thursday night.
Back on the Thanksgiving prime time slate for the first time since 2013, the Rebels ended their controversial season on a high note with a 31-28 victory over rival Mississippi State.
After torching the Rebels for 258 yards on the ground in 2016, Bulldogs Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald left with a gruesome injury in the first quarter totally changing the complexion of the game. MSU still outgained the Rebels by about 150 yards, but a negative -3 turnover differential was ultimately the difference.
As a result Coach Luke has given the Ole Miss administration some extra incentive to let him keep his dream job for good. “I’m not going to worry about that right now, I’m going to enjoy this night and enjoy these players and I don’t have any regrets. I’m very grateful for this opportunity, it’s a dream of mine and I’m just thankful to have the opportunity.”
Mississippi Head Coach Dan Mullen said, “If you look at the stat line, you’d be hard-pressed to think we didn’t win the game unless you look at the turnovers and the explosive plays. And so I think that was the difference. But I think our guys there was never frustration, there was never anything, just like last week. And if things don’t always go your way, just work harder.”
Ole Miss reaches six wins, but won’t be bowl game eligible as a result of its self-imposed post-season ban. Meanwhile, Mississippi State wraps up the regular season with an overall record of 8-4.