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Hot Read: Ole Miss Wins Egg Bowl

By BJ Bennett
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Ole Miss wins a competitive Egg Bowl, 31-24.

1. That was a fun Egg Bowl. With Lane Kiffin and Mike Leach at the respective helms, Ole Miss and Mississippi State combined for over 1,000 yards of total offense and 827 passing yards. The Rebels, with quarterback Matt Corral, running back Jerrion Ealy and wide receiver Elijah Moore leading the way, had the more balanced, proficient attack. Among other highlights, Corral connected with Braylon Sanders for an 81-yard touchdown strike. In a mostly close contest with a number of big moments, it was Ole Miss who made more big plays. The win gets the Kiffin's Rebels to .500 overall.

2. After last year's disappointing penalty at the end of the game, Elijah Moore has continued his play as the premier receiver in college football this fall. He caught 12 more passes for 139 more yards on Saturday, bringing his season totals to 86 receptions and 1,193 yards. Moore added to his lead as the Biletnikoff Award frontrunner. He and Matt Corral are a record-setting duo. Moore had almost half of Corral's completions.

3. Corral continues to shine. After 385 yards through the air in his first Egg Bowl start, the Ole Miss signal caller now has 1,310 passing yards and 12 passing touchdowns over his past three games alone. Notably, Corral continues to throw the football downfield at a prolific rate. His performance on Saturday only adds to a growing national profile. 

4. After a fourth quarter touchdown pulled Mississippi State within three points midway through the final period, Ole Miss had a signature response. With the pressure mounting, the Rebels answered with a 9-play, 77-yard drive off their own. Jerrion Ealy scored perhaps the most important touchdown of the game on an 8-yard run that pushed the margin back to double digits with under five minutes remaining.

5. Credit Mississippi State for responding to an early 14-0 deficit. The Bulldogs showed poise and persistence in rallying back against Ole Miss. Quarterback Will Rogers was productive and effective with 440 passing yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports