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Mississippi holds back Ole Miss after controversial call leads to trash on field

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Mississippi State working again Jo’quavious Marks (7) gestures after scoring a landing in opposition to Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, Thursday, November 24, 2022. (AP Picture/Rogelio V. Solis)

It would not be an Egg Bowl with out issues getting bizarre.

The soccer rivalry recreation between Mississippi and Mississippi State goes again over 100 years and is full of drama and resentment.

Thursday’s Thanksgiving duel simply added one other chapter to the in-state rivalry.

Mississippi State beat Ole Miss 24-22 in Oxford after the Rebels’ potential try and tie two factors failed within the last minutes.

That was simply the cherry on prime of a weird final stretch of the sport.

The controversy erupted on the 7:15 mark of the fourth quarter, when MSU, main 24-16, benefited from a reversed name that was dominated a fumble on the Ole Miss 30-yard line. The play was initially known as an incomplete cross on protection, however was dominated a bottom lateral, and due to this fact a reside ball, upon evaluate.

The problem, as Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin argued, was that the officers blew the whistle as quickly because the ball hit the bottom. See for your self.

Ought to a participant assume the ball is reside after the whistle blows? It is laborious to say.

Oxford dwelling followers expressed their emotions by hurling beer cans and different objects onto the pitch.

Fortuitously, the fan outcry was comparatively minor and short-lived.

Play resumed with MSU shortly transferring the ball to the 1-yard line with an opportunity to place it apart for a two-touchdown lead.

The weirdness continued although. In moist and slippery circumstances, Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers fumbled close to the aim line and the Rebels rallied. Trailing by 8 with 4:48 to play, Ole Miss nonetheless had an opportunity.

Ole Miss QB Jaxson Dart led his group on an epic 15-play, 99-yard drive, capped by a 23-yard landing to Dayton Wade. Needing a two-point conversion to tie it, Dart tried a spade cross that landed harmlessly on the turf. And that capped off a heartbreaking loss for the Rebels, who entered November with an 8-1 report and a shot at profitable the SEC West.

Ole Miss completed the common season with three straight losses, together with Thursday’s to their archrival, falling to eight–4. MSU additionally finishes the season 8-4.

With rumors swirling about Kiffin’s future at Ole Miss, that may be a good distance from his tenure ending at Oxford.

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