Postgame Notes - Mississippi State
Nov. 26, 2016

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• This was the 113th meeting between the two teams ... The Rebels now lead 63-44-6 all-time, dating back to 1901.
• This was the 89th Battle of the Golden Egg, with Ole Miss leading 57-27-5 since the teams starting playing for the trophy in 1927. • Mississippi State snapped the Rebels’ two-game win streak.
• This is the second straight year the road team has won after the home team won every year from 2011-14.


(All seniors): Fadol Brown (DE), Robert Conyers (OL), Evan Engram (TE), Issac Gross (DT)


Defense: Deontay Anderson (Rover)


• Attendance at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium was 66,038, second-largest in stadium history.
• The season attendance of 454,368 in Oxford shattered the previous school record of 430,829 set in 2014.
• This is the first time in Freeze’s five seasons that Ole Miss has not reached bowl eligibility.
• This was the most points given up in a game since allowing 66 to Texas in 2012.
• Seven true freshmen have now started a game this year, tied for most of any team in the country.
• The Rebels scored first for the 11th time in 12 games.
• After not trailing at the half in the first nine games of the year, Ole Miss has trailed at halftime in three straight games.
• The Rebels fall to 34-11 under Freeze when they score first.
• Ole Miss is now 2-20 under Freeze when its opponent scores 30 or more points.
• This was just the second loss of the Freeze era when Ole Miss rushed for 200+ yards ... The other was in the 53-52 OT loss to Arkansas last year ... The Rebels are now 22-2 in such games.
• The Rebels now own an all-time record of 660-511-35 (.562 winning percentage) and a 39-25 record under Freeze (.609 winning percentage).


• Ole Miss topped 500 total yards (528) for the fifth time this year.
• Nine different receivers caught a pass in the game.
Shea Patterson made his third straight start to become the first true freshman QB to start three games in school history.
• Patterson was 27 of 48 for 320 with two TDs and two INTs, while rushing for 73 yards on 13 carries.
• Junior WR Damore’ea Stringfellow had six catches for a career-high 97 yards and two touchdowns, his second career game with multiple TDs (at Mississippi State last year).
• Senior RB Akeem Judd rushed 19 times for 107 yards, his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season.
• Judd’s 826 rushing yards on the year are 17th-most in a season in school history.


• Junior DE Marquis Haynes led all tacklers with a career-high nine stops, including his team-leading seventh sack of the year. • Junior LB Tayler Polk added a career-high seven tackles.
• Senior DT Issac Gross made two tackles and recovered a fumble.


• Junior K/P Gary Wunderlich made both of his field-goal attempts, from 24 and 38, and both PATs ... He finishes the year with 22 of 23 FGs made and 41 of 43 PATs for a total of 107 points ... The 22 FGs are second-most in a season and the 107 points are third-most in school history.
• In the career record books, Wunderlich is third with 47 FGs made, third with 124 PATs made and third with 265 points scored.
• Junior P Will Gleeson punted twice for a 52.0-yard average and also converted a first down on a fake punt, rushing for a 14-yard gain ... It was the Rebels’ first suc- cessful fake punt since Gleeson did the same against Vanderbilt last year.


  • With the 55-20 victory, MSU improved to 44-63-6 all-time against the Rebels, including a 5-3 mark under head coach Dan Mullen.

  • MSU improved to 12-23-3 in Oxford, including a 2-2 mark under Mullen.

  • This is MSU’s rst victory in Oxford since picking up a 31-23 win on Nov. 27, 2010 in coach Dan Mullen’s second season.

  • The 35 point margin of victory is the fourth largest by the Bulldogs in the history of the Egg bowl, and the largest in the modern era (36, 1916). This is the largst-ever margin of victory for MSU in Oxford (previous high 1998, 22 point margin)

  • MSU’s 55 points are the most the Bulldogs have scored in the storied Egg Bowl rivalry in the modern era (65, 1915).

  • The Bulldog’s 457 rushing yards are the third most the Bulldogs have ever amassed in a single game, the most  since rushing for 466 against Tulane in 1994.

  • MSU’s 55 points are the most Ole Miss has allowed since 1915.


  • With 258 rushing yards today, Nick Fitzgerald became just the fth signal caller in SEC history to surpass 1,000 yards on the ground in a single season. His 1,243 yards this season are the third most by a quarterback in SEC history.

  • Fitzgerald broke the single-game rushing record by an MSU player at any positon, shattering the previous re- cord held by Anthony Dixon (252, Oct. 31, 2009 at Kentucky). He also shattered his own record for most rushing yards by a QB in school history.

  • Aeris Williams two rushing touchdowns set a new career high. He also went over the century mark in yards for the second time in four games. His 191 yards set a new career high, besting his previous high of 140 against No. 4 Texas A&M on Nov. 5.

  • Cedric Jiles game-icing pick-six in the fourth quarter was the rst interception of his career.

  • Jamal Peters grabbed the seconded interception of his career in the end zone early in the second quarter.

  • For the second time in four games, MSU’s quarterback / running back duo of Nick Fitzgerald and Aeris Williams each went over the century mark on the ground, with Fitzgerald rushing for over 200 yards for the rst time in his career.

  • With his seventh 100-yard rushing performance of the season, Nick Fitzgerald has now shattered the previous MSU record of ve for a single season. The record was previously held by Don Smith (1986).

  • In his nal regular season game as a Bulldog Fred Ross grabbed a critical touchdown reception on fourth down late in the third quarter. The reception extended his streak to 34-consecutive games with a catch.

  • Ross also continues to climb the charts of MSU’s record books. The senior now owns 22 career touchdown re- ceptions, moving him into a tie for second place in MSU history with De’Runnya Wilson. In total, Ross owns four MSU school receiving records (consecutive games with a catch, 34; 100-yard receiving games, 10; receptions 195; and receiving yards, 2,484.)






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