Mississippi State and Ole Miss left the third weekend of college football season on opposite ends of the spectrum.
The Rebels erased a six-point halftime deficit to triumph 44-23 on the road at Texas, while MSU saw Auburn rally for a winning touchdown with 10-seconds remaining suffering a heartbreaking 24-20 defeat on the plains.
The win pushed Ole Miss halfway into bowl eligibility in just the third week of the season and avenged last year’s 66-31 loss to the Longhorns. The Rebels – now ranked 21st in the AP poll – rolled up 449 yards total offense with Jeff Scott rushing for a career-high 164 yards and a touchdown and adding a 73-yard punt return for a score.
“To come in and stand toe-to-toe with them, I do think nationally it’s going to help us in recruiting,”Freeze said.
The Rebels are 3-0 for the first time since 1989.
It was the fifth straight victory for the Rebels, dating back to last year’s Egg Bowl and BBVA Compass Bowl wins.
The next test for Ole Miss will be a tough one – traveling to Tuscaloosa to take on top-ranked Alabama on Sept. 28, with two weeks to prepare.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, fell to 1-2 on the year dropping their first conference outing.
MSU was without the services of starting quarterback Tyler Russell, who was not medically cleared to play following a Week 1 concussion.
Sophomore Dak Prescott accounted for 346 total yards and two touchdowns in his first SEC start, but it would not be enough. Prescott completed 15 of 28 passing for 213 yards and rushed 22 times for 133 yards and two scores, all career highs.
The Bulldogs held a 20-17 lead over Auburn until Nick Marshall orchestrated a 12-play, 88-yard drive for the victory in the waning moments.
Up next for State is a four-game homestand. starting with Troy on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The Bulldogs defeated the Trojans on the road last season 30-24 despite surrendering 572 yards.