Mississippi State beats Ole Miss 35-3 in Egg Bowl

Nick Fitzgerald ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score to lead No. 22 Mississippi State over Ole Miss.

Posted: Nov 22, 2018 11:24 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Nick Fitzgerald ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score to lead No. 22 Mississippi State over Ole Miss 35-3 on Thursday night in an Egg Bowl marred by a fight that led to four ejections in the second half.

Mississippi State looked as though it would cruise to a fairly uneventful win before Ole Miss receiver A.J. Brown appeared to score a touchdown at the end of the third quarter. Players immediately started shoving, and the fight spilled into the end zone while both benches emptied onto the field.

Mississippi State's Cameron Dantzler, Jamal Peters and Willie Gay Jr. were ejected, along with Ole Miss' C.J. Moore. The referee said every player on both teams received an unsportsmanlike penalty. Gay was ejected because he already had one unsportsmanlike penalty earlier in the game.

Brown's touchdown was called back because time had expired in the third quarter before the play began. The Rebels didn't seriously threaten again.

Mississippi State first-year coach Joe Moorhead said the fight didn't take away from the win.

"I'm happy as a lark right now," he explained. "Certainly you don't want to see that stuff. I really can't comment on everything that happened because I didn't see it and I was trying to keep guys on the sideline. We'll look at the film and see what happened.

"But certainly, we want our play to be between the whistles and we want our execution and our effort to be what's talked about."

As for the game, Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC) won by sticking to what it's done best all year: running the ball effectively and playing terrific defense. The Bulldogs gained 122 yards rushing in the first quarter to set the tone and built a 14-0 lead by early in the second quarter.

Fitzgerald ran for 117 yards on 18 carries. Kylin Hill added 108 yards rushing.

Ole Miss (5-7, 1-7) ended the season on a five-game losing streak. The Rebels' passing offense — which has been among the best in the SEC this season — never got going against the Bulldogs.

Jordan Ta'amu completed just 8 of 17 passes for 87 yards and one touchdown.

Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said the team's turnovers and dropped passes were too much to overcome.

"Hate for our seniors to go out this way because they have been through so much," Luke said. "But I'm really, really grateful to them."

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