Mississippi State’s Josh Robinson looked to have the only score of the first half in the Egg Bowl, but Ole Miss came through on defense and special teams to tie up the game just before halftime. The Rebels pinned Mississippi State deep in their own zone, forced a punt from the back of the end zone and then blocked and recovered the football in the end zone for a game-tying touchdown to swing the momentum as the teams headed to halftime, tied 7-7.
Until the blocked punt, the craziest play fo the half took place deep in Ole Miss territory at the other end of the field. The Rebels had the football when quarterback Bo Wallace was picked off by Mississippi State’s Richie Brown at the Ole Miss 10-yard line. As he attempted to return the football, Rebels wide receiver Laquon Treadwell attacked the football to knock it loose and the freshman receiver landed on the football to regain possession for what turned out to be a one-yard loss for a first down when all was done.
It was a bit of a sloppy first half for Ole Miss, with the Rebels turning the football over three times. The third set Mississippi State up for the only touchdown of half just minutes before halftime. Wallace has been intercepted three times in the game.
Mississippi State needs to win this game to become eligible for a postseason bowl game. A bowl trip could also help head coach Dan Mullen silence some of the pressure that may be mounting for his job if the Bulldogs were to lose to Ole Miss.