OXFORD––The 2009 Bulldogs and the 2012 Rebels have a lot of similarities in how their seasons played out.
The Bulldogs defeated a Rebel squad with an 8-3 record and gained momentum for the next two years, winning three Egg Bowls.
MSU would not go bowling that year and finished with a 5-7 record, but many folks think back to the LSU game when Mullen should have given the ball to Anthony Dixon when they had a chance to score while they were on the Tiger goal line late in the game. That did not happen and LSU withstood, keeping the Bulldogs out of the end zone.
With that win, the Bulldogs would have been bowl eligible in Mullen’s first year.
The 2012 Rebels, coming off heartbreaking losses to Vanderbilt and LSU, needed just one more win to become bowl eligible, and that win would now have to come in the Egg Bowl.
The Bulldogs won the toss and deferred, kicking off to the Rebels. After a big catch by Donte Moncrief, Bo Wallace found Jamal Mosley from 25 yards out with 13:17 left on the clock to take a quick 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Jameon Lewis took it back, untouched, 100 yards for a touchdown to even things up at 7-7 with 13:04 remaining in the first quarter.
The Rebels would march right back down the field again, but on third-and-goal, Cameron Lawrence stepped in front of a Wallace pass in the end zone, and promptly ended the Rebel drive.
The Bulldogs would take a 14-7 lead with 2:46 remaining in the first quarter after Tyler Russell found Chad Bumphis from 42 yards out after Russell was forced out of the pocket and towards the Ole Miss sideline.
Bumphis made the catch near the sideline and raced in for the go-ahead score. The Bulldogs lead 14-7 to start the second quarter.
Ole Miss kicker Bryson Rose was good from 43-yards and the Rebels now trailed 14-10 with 13:36 remaining in the half.
The Rebels would regain the lead, 17-14, on a Wallace to Moncrief 77-yard touchdown pass with 5:19 remaining in the half.
The Bulldogs would answer after a long Bumphis reception on a busted coverage by the Rebels when Devon Bell kicked one through from 23 yards to tie the score at 17-17 with 3:21 remaining in the half.
Neither team would score again in the first half and went to the locker rooms deadlocked at 17-17.
The Rebels wasted little time in the third quarter and took the lead on a Rose 41-yard field goal to pull ahead of the Bulldogs 20-17. At the 6:47 mark of the third quarter, Wallace found Moncrief once again from 21 yards and the Rebels now led 27-17, and would not look back.
Moncrief scored again, his third touchdown catch of the night, on a 16-yard reception from Wallace with 3:40 remaining in the third quarter to take a commanding 34-17 lead. The Rebels would score once again in the fourth quarter when Wallace found former Noxubee County star Vincent Sanders on a 16 yard strike with 11:44 left that put the game out of reach for the Bulldogs, 41-17.
The Bulldogs would score a touchdown with .07 seconds on the clock to push the final score to 41-24.
The Rebels would tally 527 yards of total offense to the Bulldogs 333.
Ole Miss would rush for 233 yards on the night and held MSU to only 30 yards on the ground.
With this win, the Rebels became bowl eligible for the first time since 2009.
Ole Miss becomes bowl eligible
Whippets fall to Patriots
The Kosciusko Whippets were fresh off an emotional quarterfinal series victory over Tishomingo County when the Lewisburg Patriots came to town on Thursday night.
Spring drills end for area high schools
The Ethel Tigers finished up spring football during the second week of May and coach Paul Dees said his team accomplished a lot in the days that they had to work together. The Kosciusko Whippets finished spring training with a victory over Northeast Lauderdale 16-14 last Friday night and head coach Tyler Peterson was pleased with the progression that the Whippets are making
Myer wins state, Hill finishes third
The third time is the charm for Mitchell Myer at the 4A MHSAA State Track Meet. In 2011 Mitchell finished fourth with 11-00.00 and in 2012 he finished sixth with a leap of 11-00.00. On Monday, May 13, Mitchell vaulted 12-06.00 to capture his fifth victory to stay undefeated for the year.
To the wire, Kosy defeats Braves
The Kosciusko Whippets were in good shape after Friday night’s 8-0 win over the visiting Tishomingo Braves, but a set-back in Iuka on Saturday, a 3-2 loss, put the fast dogs’ season in jeopardy.
KHS hires Greenleaf
The Kosciusko School Board met Monday night and approved the hiring of new Whippet basketball coach Eleazarus Greenleaf.
On the Porch with Dirk: How great Thou art
Here I am, the last day of turkey season and a monsoon of rain is dousing Attala County.
It is real easy to get depressed in weather like this, especially after a season like I have had.
Tigers finish season 15-13
The Ethel Tigers were fresh off a thrilling first round sweep of French Camp when they traveled to Stringer on Saturday for game one of the best-of-three series.
The Tigers would drop game one 5-3.
Game one had been pushed from Thursday to Saturday due to inclement weather, pushing game two to Monday night in Ethel, to which the Tigers fell once again, 7-2.
Kosy moves to third round
The Kosciusko Whippets had a bitter taste in their mouths from 2012’s playoff series loss to New Albany in three games.
That taste is clearly better now, and New Albany was once again the foe.
Kosy boys and girls track head to State meet
The Kosciusko boys and girls track teams participated in the North State Track meet at Pontotoc on May 4 and will be sending one boys and four girls to the Class 4A State Meet at Pearl on May 13
Martin inducted into Hall of Fame
Railford “Randy” Martin was inducted into the Holmes Community College Sports Hall of Fame on April 25.
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