By Parrish Alford
STARKVILLE – Dak Prescott, an injured quarterback ruled out by Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen in practice leading up to the Egg Bowl game, rallied the Bulldogs past Ole Miss 17-10 Thursday night in overtime.
The win is MSU’s fourth in the last five years against the Rebels.
Prescott led the Bulldogs (6-6, 3-5 SEC) to a field goal drive near the end of regulation then scored the game-wining touchdown on a 3-yard run on a fourth-and-1 play to begin the extra period.
The Bulldogs are now bowl-eligible, and MSU coach Dan Mullen believes his team should receive a better bowl bid than Ole Miss (7-5, 3-5), which has the same conference record.
“Hopefully the league gives us the nod and we get the higher bowl game,” Mullen said.
The Liberty Bowl (Memphis), Compass Bowl (Birmingham) and Advocare V100 Bowl (Shreveport) are possible MSU destinations.
The Rebels are in the mix for the Music City Bowl (Nashville) and the Liberty Bowl. A win against the Bulldogs would have strengthened their chances for the Gator Bowl (Jacksonville).
Bowl bids will go out on Dec. 8, the day after the SEC championship game.
Ole Miss is bowl-eligible for a second-straight year.
The Bulldogs will reach a bowl game for a fourth-straight season, the first such stretch in school history.
Prescott completed 11-of-20 passes for 115 yards and rushed nine times for 29 yards.
“When we went into the game I thought we were going to win,” Mullen said. “That’s the confidence I have in him.”