The scene inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with Ole Miss players proudly displaying the Egg Bowl Trophy said it all. The Rebels celebrated an impressive win over arch rival Mississippi State.
If there was one weakness on the Bulldogs defense this season, it was the inability to stop the pass, especially the deep ball.
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze took advantage of that weakness and devised a game plan for Bo Wallace to let the ball fly...deep.
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen said,"I give them credit. They battled hard. They played hard and their kids made a whole lot of big plays in the course of the game."
Bo Wallace connected on only 13 of 30 attempts, but those completions went for big yards. Tight end Evan Engram snagged 5 passes for 176 yards. The Rebels piled up 532 yards of offense against the Bulldogs defense.
"We didn't finish the season the way we wanted to in the playoff and the championship which was our goal, "stated Engram. He added,"But once that was gone we had one goal and that was to get the Egg Bowl back our our seniors."
Defensive back Senquez Golson of Pascagoula was one of those seniors. His family was on the field prior to the Egg Bowl game celebrating Senior Day.
Golson said, "It's really just about the memories. Just being out there on that field. You know, Ole Miss didn't make me a better football player, they made me a better person."
Ole Miss gets the bragging rights for the next year as the Rebels pulled out all the stops, including a halfback pass for a touchdown. Ole Miss was more determined and Freeze came up with a perfect game plan to get the job done.
Freeze said,"I'm so proud of our young men that put everything in the trash preparing for this one with clear hearts and minds and eyes. It was a great night for the University of Mississippi."
During his three years in Oxford senior quarterback Bo Wallace picked up the reputation of being the "Bad" Bo or the "Good" Bo. He played his last game in Oxford as the "Good" Bo!
Wallace said,"Yeah, I had to win this game. I knew it. I talked to a lot of guys about it. I had to win this game for what I want to be remembered for."
Bo Wallace leaves Ole Miss as the Rebels career total yards leader surpassing Eli Manning.
In the latest Associated Press Top 25 College Football Poll, Alabama remains No. 1, Oregon No. 2, Florida State No. 3, and TCU No. 4.
Mississippi State dropped from No. 4 to No. 10, Ole Miss leaped 5 spots to No. 13, Auburn fell from No. 15 to No. 20 following a 55-44 loss to Alabama in the Iron Bowl and LSU is back in at No. 23.
Coaching Changes: On Sunday Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn fired Tigers defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson after two seasons.
Nebraska fired head coach Bo Pelini after seven seasons and a 66-27 won-loss record.
According to UAB head coach Bill Clark, the university is getting close to dropping football. In his first season at UAB, Clark led the Blazers to a 6-6 record becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2004.
He told ESPN.com that the school has struggled financially for years.
Clark later tweeted that he and his coaching staff haven't heard any decision about the future of the program and said we are still fighting.
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