OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Backup quarterback Robert Lane had 205
total yards with a touchdown pass and a touchdown run in
Mississippi's 20-3 win over Mississippi State on Saturday.
Lane was 10-of-17 passing for 108 yards and rushed for 97 yards
for the Rebels (4-7, 3-5 Southeastern Conference), who won the
Battle for the Golden Egg for the third straight year and snapped a
four-game losing streak.
In the process, the redshirt freshman may have staked a claim to
the starting job next year. Lane never started, but was one of
three players to rotate at quarterback late in the season for coach
Starter Ethan Flatt was intercepted on the Rebels' first play
from scrimmage against the Bulldogs. Lane came off the bench, threw
a touchdown pass to cap his first series and took nearly every
meaningful snap the rest of the way.
His 2-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter capped
a 98-yard drive, gave Ole Miss a 17-3 lead and put the Rebels in
The Ole Miss seniors celebrated by dancing around the Golden Egg
and carrying the trophy into the locker room. Ole Miss leads the
Egg Bowl series 52-20-5.
For a change, the Rebels' defense had a reason to party.
Ole Miss entered with one of the worst defenses in the league,
but the Rebels forced three turnovers, held Mississippi State (3-8,
2-6) to 88 total yards through three quarters and shut down running
back Jerious Norwood.
The SEC's second-leading rusher, Norwood ran for just 24 yards --
nearly 79 below his average.
Several Bulldogs struggled in the rainy, windy conditions.
Omarr Conner missed on his first nine passes and didn't have a
completion until early in the third quarter. Tee Milons made
Mississippi State's first catch -- then promptly fumbled and
recovered for a 3-yard loss.
Conner finished 8-of-28 for 150 yards for Mississippi State,
which ended the season with three straight losses under first-year
coach Sylvester Croom. The Bulldogs have lost 12 road games in a
row and 15 straight against the SEC West since 2001.
Ole Miss dominated the first half -- the Rebels at one point had
177 total yards to 7 for Mississippi State -- but led just 10-3 at
Lane's 4-yard touchdown pass to Lawrence Lilly capped a
ground-dominated, 15-play drive and gave the Rebels a 7-0 lead.
Jonathan Nichols had field goals of 39 and 22 yards for Ole
Mississippi State's only points came on Keith Andrews' 23-yard
field goal. It was set up by a 46-yard run by Fred Reid, who led
the Bulldogs with 50 yards rushing.
Darren Williams had two interceptions for Mississippi State --
one on the first play from scrimmage. His second led to Andrews'