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Mississippi State reclaims Golden Egg with 24-22 win over Ole Miss

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MSU vs Ole Miss The Golden Egg
Golden Egg: Photo from MSU Athletics

Story from Mississippi State Athletics:

The Golden Egg is coming back to Starkville.

Behind a stellar defensive showing and a pair of clutch late scores, Mississippi State topped No. 20 Ole Miss 24-22 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Thursday night. Trailing 16-14 entering the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs took a lead on a 34-yard Massimo Biscardi field goal, stretched it to 24-16 on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Will Rogers to Rara Thomas, then kept the Rebels out of the end zone on a two-point conversion attempt with 1:25 to go to clinch the win.

The denial of the potential game-tying try was fitting as the State defense put a stranglehold on Ole Miss all night. The Rebels mustered just 331 yards of total offense with 99 of those coming on their final offensive series. But just as it looked like the Dawgs might be wearing down on the defensive side, they came through again as Randy Charltondeflected a Rebel shovel pass on the crucial two-point conversion attempt, causing it to fall incomplete.

Though the defense saved the day at the end, MSU found offensive success when it needed it. The Dawgs scored a pair of first-half touchdowns – the first on a one-yard run for Jo’quavious Marks and the second, a 19-yard pass from Will Rogers to Lideatrick Griffin just before the intermission to close State’s deficit to just two points.

From there, the score held until the decisive fourth quarter that saw Mississippi State fight back and hold on to reclaim the Golden Egg.

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