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Bo Wallace fumbles away Egg Bowl, Mississippi State going bowling

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Mississippi State is going bowling for the fourth straight season, a feat never achieved in program history until now. They could not have done in with much more dramatic flair, coming from behind against Ole Miss with a late field goal and an overtime victory, 17-10. A fumble by Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace was recovered by Mississippi State to cap a wild win in the Egg Bowl.

Mississippi State capped a 13-play drive with a 36-yard field goal by Evan Sobiesk with 2:21 to play. The kick tied the game at 10-10 and gave the home team the momentum they needed to capture what seemed like an improbable Egg Bowl victory against Ole Miss (7-5, 3-5 SEC). After forcing the Rebels to go three-and-put on the ensuing possession, Mississippi State had a chance to take the lead with another late field goal, but Sobiesk’s attempt sailed wide right this time, which led to the game going in to overtime.

A fourth down gamble close to the end zone paid off for Mississippi State on the first overtime possession. After a timeout, Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott ran right up the middle on fourth down and two yards to go inside the five-yard line for a touchdown to put the pressure on Ole Miss. Just when it looked as though Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace was going to run in to the end zone, the ball was knocked loose and Mississippi State recovered the football in the end zone to clinch the win in crazy fashion.

The win for Mississippi State (6-6, 3-5 SEC) makes the Bulldogs eligible for postseason play. Mississippi State is now the 10th team from the SEC to be eligible for the postseason, although the Bulldogs will likely be at the bottom of the SEC bowl pecking order when it comes time for bowls to choose their participants. The SEC is likely to get two teams in to the BCS bowls, but Mississippi State will still probably e in a position to wait and see what other bowls are in need of teams once the SEC bowls get through their selections.

Regardless of where they are heading, getting to a postseason game still feels like an accomplishment for Mississippi State after losing three straight to put them in a must-win situation in their final two games of the year just to get to a bowl game. An overtime victory over Arkansas kept the goal alive and an Egg Bowl victory made it a reality.

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5 Responses to “Bo Wallace fumbles away Egg Bowl, Mississippi State going bowling”
  1. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Nov 29, 2013 12:21 AM

    ..seemed like an improbable Egg Bowl victory against Ole Miss..

    It’s funny how even blog writers take ESPN’s word as if it is always fact. Ole Miss is on the rise, but it takes more than one year of recruiting for a system. Right now they’re a finesse team in a physical conference. Miss. State played Alabama, Auburn, A+M and LSU tough (despite the final score). That’s why saying Mullen could be fired why ridiculous.

  2. waynefontes says: Nov 29, 2013 9:32 AM

    Who could Mississippi State realistically get that would be better than Dan Mullen?

    Mississippi State will never be better than fourth in their division unless there is massive cheating involved.

    The fans should be thankful for Dan Mullen. It could be worse – they could have Will Muschamp >_<

  3. raysfan1 says: Nov 29, 2013 9:57 AM

    Mullen has been the coach at MSU since 2009. Every player on the squad is someone he recruited. If the Bulldogs are a finesse team, that’s on him.

    However, defeating your in-state rival is a good way to stay employed, and fairness requires acknowledging some key injuries.

    As far as getting on the author’s case about calling it an improbable victory…
    1) 2 weeks ago MSU was 4-6.
    2) Although they played Alabama tough, they also had to go to OT to defeat a pretty woeful Arkansas team (I was at that game, and MSU had to come from behind to even force that OT).
    3) Due to injuries, MSU was down to its freshman QB; it did not look like Prescott was going to play although cleared to do so.
    4) MSU again found itself down in the 4th quarter and struggling on offense…until Prescott did come in, and the rest–as they say–is history.
    Yes, I’d say that until Prescott came in and played as well as he did that an Egg Bowl victory indeed looked improbable.

  4. raysfan1 says: Nov 29, 2013 10:20 AM

    Why was speculation about Mullen’s future ridiculous, too?
    Again, two weeks ago, MSU was 4-6. That was when I read about him maybe being on the hot seat. Was it founded? I don’t know, it could easily just been a spit-balling rumor, however…
    Against Arkansas they were down late in the first half. Bielema inexplicably called a fake punt in their own territory (and a slow developing one at that), setting up a short field for the Bulldogs and enabling them to have the score tied at the half. If Arkansas had punted, it’s more likely MSU would not have been able to score, and a good chance they’d have lost that game and gone into this week 4-7 with no shot at a bowl. If that had happened, it’s also more likely than not that Mullen would not have played Prescott in the 4th in the Egg Bowl, making it likely that Mississippi would have held on for the win. At 4-8, Mullen just might have found himself looking for a job.

  5. Deb says: Nov 29, 2013 2:42 PM

    Congrats to Mississippi State!!! (But y’all seriously need a kicker!)

    As for Bo Wallace … couldn’t have happened to a more deserving big mouth! RTR

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