By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
No. No. 18 Mississippi State Bulldogs defeated rival Ole Miss Rebels on Thanksgiving. The Bulldogs won 35-3 on Thursday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi.
The Bulldogs improved to 8-4 on the season. The team ends the regular season with a two-game win streak.
Besides the win over the Rebels, they also won 52-6 over the Arkansas Razorbacks one week prior.
The Rebels ended the season with a 5-7 record. They concluded the season on a five-game losing streak.
There was even a brawl between the two sides at the end of the third quarter. Several players were ejected after the melee.
Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald went 11 of 18 for 111 passing yards. He also had a touchdown.
Fitzgerald — who suffered a season-ending injury in this rivalry last season — had 18 carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Kylin Hill had 17 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown. Aeris Williams had 11 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Jesse Jackson had two receptions for 31 yards. Stephen Guidry had a 25-yard reception. Deddrick Thomas had two receptions for 23 yards and a touchdown.
Rebels quarterback Jordan Ta’amu went 8 of 17 for 87 yards. He also had an interception.
Backup Matt Corral went 5 of 8 for 65 yards. He also threw an interception.
Isaiah Woullard had 11 carries for 63 yards.
A.J. Brown had four receptions for 61 yards. DaMarkus Lodge had three receptions for 54 yards. Dawson Knox had three receptions for 28 yards.
Mississippi State had 14 points in the second half. Fitzgerald scored on a nine-yard rushing touchdown.
Williams also scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown.
The Bulldogs led 21-3 at halftime. Hill scored on a six-yard rushing touchdown. Fitzgerald also scored on an eight-yard rushing touchdown.
Fitzgerald hit Thomas for a nine-yard touchdown reception.
Rebels’ Luke Logan made a 32-yard field goal.