Ole Miss has had a tough stretch lately, losing three of their last four games coming into Saturday. The Rebels put a stop to that streak beating their instate rival Mississippi State 31-17 at home.
Ole Miss only trailed one time in the game and it only lasted for 1:29 in the third quarter. The game was close, until Ole Miss running back Jaylen Walton took off on a 91-yard touchdown run to give the Rebels a 24-10 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Mississippi State could never get any points on the board, even though they controlled the game clock by over 10 minutes and didn’t turn the ball over.
Bo Wallace completed 13 of his 30 attempts for 296 yards, he also threw an interception. I’m surprised that Ole Miss was able to win with Wallace playing like he did. Freshman running back Jordan Wilkins added a pass for 31 yards and a touchdown. That pass by Wilkins to Cody Core gave the Rebels a two touchdown lead in the fourth quarter. Jaylen Walton ran for 148 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. Sophomore tight end Evan Engram put on a show for Ole Miss catching five passes for 176 yards.
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 282 yards, completing 22 of his 37 attempts and a touchdown. Josh Robinson struggled yet again for the Bulldogs, only rushing for 44 yards on 12 carries. De’Runnya Wilson put on a show yet again for Mississippi State catching eight passes for 117 yards and a touchdown.
Mississippi State falls to 10-2 on the season and are eliminated from the SEC West division title, making Alabama the West champion.
Ole Miss improved to 9-3 and will await their bowl destination.
Both teams should get a New Year’s Day game.