They call it the Egg Bowl, but the annual football game between Mississippi State and Ole Miss has nothing to do with the state’s agricultural prowess. According to USDA data, Iowa is actually the largest egg producer in the United States (15%), followed by Ohio and Indiana (9% each). Mississippi isn’t even mentioned in this”Egg-STAT-icpost from 2021.

So what’s with the nickname? Well, that’s what happens when fans need something shiny to take their minds off the malice and a headline writer decides to take matters into his own hands.

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Let’s start with the trophy and the original nickname. Although the rivalry dates back to 1901 – State won the first game, Ole Miss the second – no post-match prizes were awarded until 1927. And the reason for the change was practical: the officials needed something to grab the attention of the spectators after the game was over. A year earlier, a massive brawl broke out among fans. Therefore, both student bodies, in an effort to “promote pure sportsmanship”, commissioned a trophy called the “Golden Egg”. It was golden and shiny and beautiful… and because it was blunter than a normal soccer ball and didn’t have any raised edges to mimic the stitching of a soccer ball, it looked exactly like a golden egg.

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Fast-forward half a century with the 1978 game day issue of The Clarion-Ledger. Editor-in-chief Tom Patterson, perhaps tired of the overly verbose nickname, perhaps aiming for a certain pun, wrote the headline: “Egg Bowl Ready to Rumble.” And “Egg Bowl” has evolved from a shorthand into a kind of official-unofficial nickname that both schools use as a synonym for “Battle for the Golden Egg.”

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But this is all background. They might call it the Battle of the Fluffy Soystate’s top agricultural export) and it would still be convincing. While Alabama-Auburn State, Michigan-Ohio State, and Florida-Florida State may be of greater importance to the nation in terms of their impact on the national championship race, no Rival Week game produces more drama than a game between Mississippi State and Ole Miss. . told Sportzshala’s Mark Schlabach that the rivalry “makes Ohio-Michigan State and Auburn Alabama look like Sunday school.”) The first time they played, there was an hour delay because Ole Miss accused the State of being plays non-students.

There were a lot of fights between the two schools and more than enough petty things. When Dan Mullen was still head coach of the Bulldogs, he refused to call the Rebs by their first names. Instead, in an interview, he simply mentioned “School in the North”. The indoor game schedule used a small substitution in TSUN with Ole Miss.

The two current coaches are actually quite sociable these days, but the two programs can’t help but feud. They can’t even agree on the basic facts. Although they both cite Ole Miss as the series leader with a record of 64-48-6, Mississippi State says the game was played 27 times on Thanksgiving, while Ole Miss cites 30.

Whichever record book you sign up for, the rivalry will be played for the 119th time this Thanksgiving (7:00 pm ET, Sportzshala). To prepare you, here are some of the most interesting games in Egg Bowl history.

1983: Flawless Rejection

Sometimes nicknames are misleading. “Flawless RejectionActually, it wasn’t an aberration at all – unless you believe in cosmic events. Mississippi State, who had squandered a 17-0 lead and trailed 24:23 with 24 seconds left in the game, scored the game-winning field goal. Artie Crosby tried for a 27-yard shot and it looked like he was on his way – good height, good line, all good. Fans of the state began to celebrate. But then the ball just stopped at the top. Nature itself slammed it, a strong gust of wind sent the ball to the far left corner from the goalposts.

Mississippi State Coach Emory Bellard was stunned: “In all my years of coaching, I have never seen a kick come back. As if something reached down and stopped the ball in flight.


1999: Choice and Impact

This game could be the best in the history of rivalry. It was one of those rare occasions when both schools were ranked: Ole Miss 23rd, Mississippi 18th. The Rebs took a 20-6 lead, but the Bulldogs fought back to equalize with 27 seconds left.

And instead of playing overtime on the road, Ole Miss had Romaro Miller air it out on the pitch. Except that Robert Beane deflected the pass and threw it in the air. Eugene Clinton got under him, caught an interception at the 50-yard line, and with 8 seconds left, sent the ball back to 27th. Scott Westerfield then scored the game-winning 44-yard field goal. As soon as Ole Miss went out of bounds after the start of the match, the fans rushed onto the field.


2013: Duck announces his arrival

Legends are made in competitive games. Before Duck Prescott led Mississippi State to the No. a hand injury that sidelined him for two pre-Egg Bowl games. And the first three quarters against Ole Miss, he stood on the sidelines.

But with the Bulldogs trailing by a field goal with 11 minutes left, Prescott convinced Mullen to let him in the game. Knocking down rust on his first drive, he rushed for 59 yards in 13 games and scored a game-tying field goal. Then, in overtime, he ran for the game-winning touchdown.


2019: Expensive fine for dog urine

First, there must be context about the Egg Bowl to end all Egg Bowls. Because if you think the 2019 game was the first time an Ole Miss player faked urinating on a Mississippi State field, you were wrong. Two years earlier, after a pre-game brawl, D.C. Metcalfe hit a touchdown late in the third quarter, raised his foot in imitation of a pissing dog, and received a 15-yard penalty.

And just to make sure the fire is still burning for the return to Starkville, let’s not forget AJ Brown’s potential touchdown late in the third quarter break at Oxford and the push and pull that turned into a bench brawl. . To emphasize the lack of courtesy, the referees gave penalties to every player on both teams.

Okay, now let’s move on to 2019. Throughout the history of the Egg Bowl, there have been wild games and wild finishes, but no game has produced more fireworks than a game in 2019. After a first-half tie, the Bulldogs took the lead on Garrett Schrader touching down 5 yards in the third quarter. And it looked like Ole Miss shot twice and intercepted in the fourth quarter. But then, with two minutes left, Matt Corral, who took over from starter John Reece Plumley, ran the Rebs 80 yards in 11 plays. At the 2-yard line, with only 4 seconds remaining, Corral found Elijah Moore in the end zone for what looked like a tie. Except that Moore repeated Metcalfe’s antics, kicked up his leg right in front of the referee, and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. The landing took place, but you can guess what happened next. Thrown 15 yards out of the box, Luke Logan missed the mark after a try and State won.

In a game in which both coaches were on their toes, neither of them survived. A few days later, Ole Miss fired Matt Luke and replaced him with the famous Lane Kiffin. Not to be outdone, the state of Mississippi fired Joe Moorhead and got a big name of its own in Mike Leach.