No. 24 MSU at Ole Miss
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford
Kickoff: 6 p.m.
Radio: Ole Miss Network; Sirius 94, XM 198
Records: Ole Miss 5-6, 2-5 SEC, MSU 8-3, 4-3 SEC
Series: Ole Miss leads 60-42-6
Coaches: MSU – Dan Mullen, 29-20, fourth season overall and at MSU. Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze, 35-13, fourth season overall; 5-6 first season at Ole Miss.
Statistical Leaders: MSU – RB LaDarius Perkins 170-895 8 TDs. QB Tyler Russell 201-for-333 passing, 2,523 yards, 21 TD, 4 INT. WR Chad Bumphis 49 catches, 758 yards, 10 TD. LB Cam Lawrence 98 tackles, 7 TFL, 4 sacks. Ole Miss – RB Jeff Scott 163-717, 6 TDs. QB Bo Wallace 198-for-314 passing, 2,549 yards, 14 TD, 13 INT. WR Donte Moncrief 53 catches, 775 yards, 7 TD. LB Denzel Nkemdiche 75 tackles, 12 TFLs, 4 FF ; S Cody Prewitt 71 tackles, 2 INT, 4.5 TFL.
Trends: MSU is looking for its fourth-straight series win, its first such streak since 1939-1942.
Notes: MSU needs to win tonight and a bowl game to match its most successful three-year win total in program history with 26 victories. … At 29-20, the MSU senior class is the school’s winningest group in a decade. … With 22 touchdown catches, Tupelo’s Chad Bumphis is the career record-holder for the Bulldogs. He needs 12 catches to tie the school’s career reception mark with 162. … Ole Miss will recognize 22 seniors before the game. … Three times this season, including twice in the last two weeks, Ole Miss has lost a game it led with less than 2 minutes to play. … The Rebels’ last win against a ranked team was against No. 18 Oklahoma State, a 21-7 win in the Cotton Bowl following the 2009 season. … Ole Miss has scored on 35 of 38 trips inside the red zone, a 92.1 percent success rate that ranks second in the SEC and is tied for seventh nationally. … The Ole Miss-MSU game has been as close as eight points just once since 2007, that being the Bulldogs’ 31-23 victory two years ago in Oxford. … MSU rallied to win 17-14 in 2007 after holding the Rebels on a crucial fourth-down conversion attempt by former coach Ed Orgeron in his last game.
Summing it up: “The only goal we talked about this year was to put a product on the field for this great university that would play with great pride and passion. I think our kids have done that.” – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze
Prediction: Ole Miss 29, MSU 28 – PA; MSU 30, Ole Miss 24 – Brad