Nov. 28, 2015
Ole Miss Notes
| Mississippi State Notes
No. 18 Ole Miss 38, No. 21 Mississippi State 27
November 28, 2015
• This was the 112th all-time meeting between Ole Miss and Mississippi State ... The Rebels now hold a 63-43-6 advantage in the series, dating back to 1901.
• This was the 88th “Battle for the Golden Egg,” which Ole Miss now leads 57-26-5, dating back to 1927.
• This was the Rebels’ first win in Starkville since 2003, snapping a five-game losing streak there ... First time the road team has won the Egg Bowl since 2010.
• Ole Miss has consecutive Egg Bowl victories for the first time since winning three straight from 2002-04.
• The Rebels’ 38 points were their most scored in Starkville since a 48-0 win in 1971.
• Ole Miss’ 25-point halftime lead (28-3) was its largest in the Egg Bowl since a 31-0 halftime lead in 2008.
(All): Justin Bell (Sr., OL), Evan Engram (Jr., TE), Mike Hilton (Sr., DB), C.J. Johnson (Sr., LB)
• Attendance at Davis Wade Stadium was a sellout crowd of 62,265.
• The Rebels’ 9-3 record matches their regular-season record from last year, which was the best since 2003 ... First time with 9+ regular-season wins in back-to-back years since 1961-62.
• The final 6-2 Southeastern Conference record is the team’s best since a 7-1 ledger in 2003.
• Ole Miss finished second in the SEC West, its highest place in the West standings since it was co-champion in 2003.
• The Rebels’ 11 SEC wins in the last two years are the most in a two-year span since they also had 11 in 1962-63.
• The 2015 senior class posted their 33rd win over the last four years, the most since Ole Miss players began playing all four years in the early 1970s.
• Ole Miss improves to 4-2 against ranked teams this season ... The Rebels are 9-12 vs. top-25 teams under Hugh Freeze.
• The Rebels have four wins over ranked teams for the first time since 1969 (4) and two road wins over ranked teams for the first time since 2008 (2).
• The Rebels now own an all-time record of 654-504-35 (.563 winning percentage) and a 33-18 record under Hugh Freeze (.647 winning percentage).
• Ole Miss improves to 29-5 when scoring first, 26-4 when leading at halftime and 28-3 when rushing for 150+ yards under Freeze.
• With 479 total yards of offense, Ole Miss broke the 2013 team’s previous school record for total yards (6,153) ... This year’s team has 6,177 heading into bowl game.
• With two passing touchdowns, Ole Miss tied the school record for passing touchdowns in a season (31), which was set in 2001.
• Junior QB Chad Kelly completed 21 of 30 passes for 236 yards with two TDs and no INTs ... He added 74 rushing yards and a season-long 27-yard TD run.
• Kelly broke Eli Manning’s school record for passing yards in a season ... Manning had 3,600 in 2003, and Kelly has 3,740 heading into a bowl game.
• Kelly moved into the top five in SEC history in total yards (5th, 4,167) and top 10 in passing yards (8th, 3,740) ... He’s the fifth SEC player to ever have 4,000 total yards in a season, joining Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Cam Newton (Auburn), Tim Tebow (Florida) and Tim Couch (Kentucky).
• This was Kelly’s third straight game without a turnover ... In those three games, he accumulated 13 total touchdowns (7 passing, 6 rushing)
• Kelly’s nine regular-season wins are the most by a first-year Ole Miss QB since Russ Shows had nine in 1990.
• Sophomore WR Damore’ea Stringfellow hauled in five catches for a career-high 84 yards and a career-high two touchdowns.
• Sophomore RB Jordan Wilkins had five carries for 54 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown.
• Junior WR Laquon Treadwell had four catches ... His career total of 196 ranks top 10 in SEC history.
• Junior RB Akeem Judd received his first career start as one of two running backs on the Rebels’ first offensive play of the game.
• Junior CB Tony Bridges’ first-quarter 45-yard interception return for a touchdown was the Rebels’ fourth pick six of the year, tying the school record set in 1938 ... It was Bridges’ first touchdown as a Rebel and his third INT of the season.
• Ole Miss’ Landshark defense sacked MSU QB Dak Prescott seven times, a season high for the Rebels ... Sacks were posted by junior DT Robert Nkemdiche (1.5), sophomore DE Marquis Haynes, junior NT D.J. Jones, senior NT Woodrow Hamilton, senior DE Channing Ward, redshirt-freshman DT Breeland Speaks and senior LB C.J. Johnson (0.5).
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
• Sophomore K Gary Wunderlich made a career-long 48-yard field goal and connected on all five PATs.
• Wunderlich surpassed Joshua Shene’s previous school record for PATs in a season (52 in 2008) ... Wunderlich now has 57 in 2015.