EGG BOWL NOTEBOOK: ‘Amazing’ recovery for Prescott

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott celebrates his touchdown in overtime during the Egg Bowl on Thursday night in Starkville.

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Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott celebrates his touchdown in overtime during the Egg Bowl on Thursday night in Starkville.

By Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

Mississippi State sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott was ruled out for Thursday’s game by head coach Dan Mullen.

Prescott had missed the two previous games with a nerve injury to his left arm but entered the Egg Bowl in the fourth quarter leading the Bulldogs to an overtime victory to send them to a bowl game for the fourth consecutive season.

“It was pretty amazing,” Mullen said. “I told my wife earlier today he has no chance of playing. … It was a miraculous recovery.”

Prescott completed 10 of 18 passes for 101 yards and rushed for the game-winning score in overtime. True freshman Damian Williams got his first career start for MSU, going 8 of 18 passing for 82 yards and an interception.

Senior Tyler Russell, who has an injured shoulder, did not dress for the Bulldogs.

Four straight bowls

For the first time in school history, Mississippi State will go to its fourth consecutive bowl game.

It will be the Bulldogs 18th bowl bid in school history and have a 10-7 all-time record in bowl outings. State will learn its bowl destination on Dec. 8 which will likely be the Liberty, Compass or Avocare V100 (formerly Independence) Bowls.

Key drive

MSU’s Jameon Lewis caught a fair catch at the 7-yard line with 53-seconds remaining before halftime. Ole Miss’ defense forced a three-and-out and Collins Moore blocked a punt in the end zone and recovered by Terrell Grant to tie the game 7-7 just before intermission.

Key number – 5

Number worn by both I’Tavius Mathers and Robert Nkemdiche to play running back for the Rebels in the first half. Nkemdiche switched to No. 99 at halftime.

Quotable

“There was some divine intervention out there tonight.” – <b>Dan Mullen </b>on Dak Prescott winning the game in overtime. Prescott lost his mother Peggy to cancer last month.

Next game

Ole Miss and Mississippi State now each await its bowl future. Bowl selections will be made on Dec. 8.

Egg Bowl bites

MSU guard Gabe Jackson started his 51st career game, tying him for the most active games in college football. …MSU safety Nickoe Whitley picked off the 15th pass of his career which is the most among active FBS players. … MSU has allowed eight scores in the final 2:31 before halftime including six touchdowns, … Ole Miss has now lost five straight games at Davis Wade Stadium dating back to 2003, … It was the first overtime game in Egg Bowl history, … MSU LB Richie Brown had a sack and an interception. … Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil suffered an MCL injury during the second quarter. … CB Taveze Calhoun led MSU with 11 tackles. … DB Mike Hilton and LB Serderius Bryant each had seven stops for Ole Miss. … Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt recorded his SEC-leading sixth interception.

logan.lowery@journalinc.com

  • Kevin

    Dan Mullen outcoached Hugh Freeze and the Rebels in this one–and it doesn’t hurt that Ole Miss just plain sucks. He kept that Williams kid in the game as a “manager” until the fourth quarter when Mullen unleashes a recovered Dak Prescott. Freeze and staff couldn’t make adjustments quick enough. State should have won it on the field goal attempt at the end of the game, but their kicker choked. Then Bo Wallace choked for the Rebbles.

    • ostrogoth

      Can’t shy away from facts, Kev. Bad game.