Recapping No. 25 MSU’s 41-24 loss to Ole Miss at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday.
OXFORD | Mississippi State had its chances early, missed them, and then paid for it. Ole Miss outscored the Bulldogs 24-7 after halftime to snap a three-game losing skid in this series. The win made the Rebels (6-6, 3-5 SEC) bowl eligible for the first time in three years.
The Bulldogs (8-4, 4-4) simply had no answer to the Ole Miss passing game. Linebacker Cam Lawrence had a couple of first-half interceptions, but otherwise Bo Wallace carved up the MSU secondary. The Rebels had six pass plays of 20-plus yards, five of them in the first half. One of them was a 77-yard pass to Donte Moncrief to give Ole Miss a 17-14 lead in the second quarter. It was 17-17 at halftime, and MSU didn’t score again until the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
Wallace turned it over three times total in the first half – including a fumble – but MSU got zero points off of those miscues.
The Rebs led 20-17 when Wallace hit Moncrief from 21 yards, and then the two hooked up from 16 yards. Moncrief had seven catches for a career-high 173 yards and three touchdowns. Wallace finished 15 of 22 for 294 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Ole Miss outgained State in total yardage, 527-333, and the Bulldogs were held to 30 rushing yards on 25 carries. LaDarius Perkins netted 45 on 16 totes.
Tyler Russell was sacked three times and took hits all night. He was 18 of 33 for 268 yards, a TD and two picks. Chad Bumphis had a big first half and ended with six catches for 146 yards and two scores. He’s now the school’s career leader in receiving yards with 2,252.
Jameon Lewis had a 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown – the longest play in the history of this series – to tie it at 7-7. State was leading 14-10 in the second quarter when it failed to convert a fourth-and-2 at the Ole Miss 18-yard line. The 77-yard TD came two plays later.
OM – Jamal Mosley 25 pass from Bo Wallace (Bryson Rose kick), 13:17 (4 plays, 71 yards, 1:40)
MSU – Jameon Lewis 100 kickoff return (Devon Bell kick), 13:02
MSU – Chad Bumphis 42 pass from Tyler Russell (Bell kick), 2:46 (4 plays, 58 yards, 1:22)
OM – Rose 43 field goal, 13:36 (9 plays, 58 yards, 1:47)
OM – Donte Moncrief 77 pass from Wallace (Rose kick), 5:19 (2 plays, 82 yards, :51)
MSU – Bell 23 field goal, 3:21 (5 plays, 69 yards, 1:58)
OM – Rose 41 field goal, 10:08 (11 plays, 49 yards, 3:22)
OM – Moncrief 21 pass from Wallace (Rose kick), 6:47 (4 plays, 50 yards, 1:00)
OM – Moncrief 16 pass from Wallace (Rose kick), 3:40 (3 plays, 41 yards, :57)
OM – Vince Sanders 16 pass from Wallace (Rose kick), 11:44 (11 plays, 87 yards, 4:59)
MSU – Bumphis 8 pass from Dak Prescott (Bell kick), :07 (9 plays, 75 yards, 3:20)