Kelly Powell
Nov. 27, 2015

FRIDAY FLASHBACK rewinds to some of the memorable Ole Miss games from this week's all-time series. The Ole Miss-Mississippi State series is one of the oldest and most bitter rivalries in college football, and the annual Egg Bowl has provided some dramatic finishes, such as this Nov. 19, 1983 contest that was decided by mother nature.

Rebels, Mother Nature Stop Bulldogs

By Billy Watkins, Jackson Daily News

Nov. 20, 1983

JACKSON, Miss. -  It was possibly the only field goal ever celebrated by two teams.

It was good.

And then no good.

Mississippi State freshman kicker Artie Cosby, with his team trailing Ole Miss, 24-23, with just 24 seconds left, booted a 27-yard field goal attempt. It went straight and long and over (?) the crossbar, and Sate fans went wild.

But just as the ball reached the goalposts, a 40 mph gusting wind made the biggest interception of the day. It suspended the ball, inches from the crossbar, in mid-air for what seemed like hours, then sent the ball back to earth, a good 10 yards shy of its intended destination.

Rebel fans went bananas.

Afterward, Ole Miss quarterback Kelly Powell took one snap and fell flat on his face at the Rebel 10-yard line, giving the Rebels a 24-23 win in front of a Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium crowd of 59,758.

A few moments later in their emotion-filled dressing room, the Ole Miss Rebels (6-5, 4-2 in the SEC) accepted an invitation to play in the Independence Bowl on Dec.10 against Air Force.

It was bizarre ending to a wacky game that State completely dominated for three quarters. The Bulldogs led, 23-7, with 4:54 left in the third quarter.

The warped kick finished State at 3-8 (1-5 in the SEC).

The Bulldogs' day started out with a 19-yard field goal by Cosby with 2:34 left in the first quarter.

State quarterback John Bond then capped a 67-yard drive with a 1-yard dive for a touchdown with 10:03 left in the first half to make it 10-0. on its next possession, State went 60 yards in eight plays for a 17-0 lead. Henry Koontz ran 2 yards for the score.

With Ole Miss needing a spark to get back in the game, Timmy Moffett, the sleek junior wide receiver raced 66 yards on a punt return for a TD with 1:21 before halftime.

Cosby added a pair of field goals in the third quarter to boost State's lead to 23-7.

State then began to self-destruct.

Following a fumble by fullback Rickey Edwards at the MSU 12, Ole Miss scored in three plays when Powell scooped up a fumbled ball and ran three yards for the touchdown.

Later, a Bond pitchout went errant and Matthew Lovelady recovered at the State 22. Six plays later, Powell threw a 10-yard TD pass to Moffett.

With State leading, 23-21, the Rebels capitalized on an interception of a Bond pass and returned it to the State 18. Four plays later, Neil Teevan booted a 35-yard field goal to give Ole Miss a 24-23 lead.






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