Football Flashback

Ran across this from The Meridian Star the other day while doing some storage room cleaning.



The 1992 Egg Bowl is one of the more memorable games I’ve covered in the series.  It was the second Egg Bowl I’d covered, the first time I’d visited the Ole Miss campus.

When a touchdown and extra point would have tied the game the Mississippi State offense, under quarterbacks Greg Plump and Todd Jordan, who I occasionally run into doing radio shows or on the streets of Tupelo, ran 11 plays inside the Ole Miss 10 over the last 4 minutes but could not get into the south end zone for the score.

I remember it being very cold that day and riding from Meridian to Oxford with Steve Kirk, whose story appears here on the front. Steve’s heater wasn’t working.

I was sports editor then. I didn’t just ride to the game. I did some work that appeared on the inside pages.

Ole Miss turned the ball over seven times that game.

This from Ole Miss defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn, who would later hold the same position for Jackie Sherrill at MSU: “We did everything but give them the game on a silver platter. If you’re a betting man it looked like we were trying to throw the game.”

Throw and catch, though, were problems for the Bulldogs who were just 12-for-31 passing for 170 yards.

It was the first Egg Bowl played in Oxford since 1972. I seem to recall light snow during the game, none that accumulated.

State had won 24-9 in Starkville the previous year as the game moved back to the campuses after a long run in Jackson.

Ole Miss running back Cory Philpot rushed for 107 yards that day but narrowly missed 1,000 yards for the regular season, falling 6 yards short.

Ole Miss went on to play in the Liberty Bowl, MSU the Peach Bowl.

After the game Sherrill spoke with confidence that, while losing hurt, “The sun will come up tomorrow.”

MSU senior wide receiver Willie Harris wasn’t thinking about sunshine: “I just want to get on a bus and get out of here as fast as I can.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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