College Football
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Mississippi State at Mississippi
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 28, 2020
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Mississippi

Both Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin and Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach will finally get to experience what so many have told them about the entire offseason.

Kiffin and Leach both were hired to lead their respective programs over the offseason, and the first-year coaches will now step into their first Egg Bowl, the annual rivalry tussle between Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

The only difference this year is that instead of on Thanksgiving, it will take place Saturday afternoon at Ole Miss.

Since being hired pre-pandemic, both coaches have heard from their supporters about the significance of the Egg Bowl.

"I've known about it from watching it," said Kiffin, who was hired as head coach at Ole Miss last December. "It used to be on Thanksgiving a lot. With my brother here for a number of years, I knew it was always competitive and a big deal around here."

A month after Kiffin was hired at Ole Miss, Leach was tabbed as the head coach for Mississippi State, and he also has come to understand the intensity of the rivalry from afar.

"Even as I was a kid, I know it was always an incredibly intense game," Leach said. "I know it's very meaningful to people and I know that it's in conversation all year 'round. There's not a day I don't hear somebody mention the Egg Bowl. I know it's a very meaningful game and I also know that there have been plenty of them that have been exciting to watch long before I was even in the state of Mississippi. It's exciting to be a part of it."

After a 44-34 win in the season opener at LSU, Mississippi State lost five of its next six games and enters this weekend 2-5 overall and in SEC play.

The Bulldogs are coming off a close loss at Georgia (31-24), and Leach feels that defeat was another sign his younger team is starting to mature a bit heading into the stretch run of the season.

"We just have to keep working hard," Leach said. "I don't think we've hit our potential yet. I think we are proof that we are young enough to where we are going to change for the positive. That's where the biggest strides come. The younger they are, the more they are developing. We're right there."

On the other side, Ole Miss enters 3-4 and on a two-game winning streak following a 54-21 win over Vanderbilt and a 59-42 win over South Carolina.

The Rebels were slated to play at Texas A&M last week, but the game was postponed due to COVID-19 issues.

Kiffin obviously didn't want to see the stoppage last week with the rhythm his team had established in the two games prior, but he hopes the bye week will be an advantage.

"It is what it is," Kiffin said. "Hopefully we used it to get better at some things."

Ole Miss did receive some good news in that Otis Reese, a former safety at Georgia who transferred to Ole Miss in January, was cleared to play by the NCAA and will make his debut with the Rebels against Mississippi State.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Mississippi State 2-5 L1 17.4 28.0 1-2 1-3 2-5 0-0 2-5
Mississippi 3-4 W2 41.0 40.9 1-3 2-1 2-3 0-0 3-4
Last Meeting
Mississippi State Mississippi
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/28/19 MISS 20 MSST 21 318 210 108 384 139 245
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Mississippi State G. Shrader 71.4 108 0 0
Mississippi M. Corral 50.0 124 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Mississippi State K. Hill 27 132 4.9 0
Mississippi J. Ealy 15 82 5.5 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Mississippi State D. Thomas 4 49 12.2 0
Mississippi B. Sanders 2 88 44.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Mississippi State G. Shrader 2
Mississippi J. Ealy 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Mississippi State K. Costello 64.7 1283 6 10
Mississippi M. Corral 74.0 2359 22 9
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Mississippi State J. Marks 41 147 3.6 1
Mississippi J. Ealy 117 608 5.2 8
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Mississippi State O. Mitchell 33 389 11.8 3
Mississippi E. Moore 74 1054 14.2 8
Touchdowns Player TD
Mississippi State D. Johnson 4
Mississippi J. Ealy 9
Quickchart Matchup
Mississippi State Mississippi State Off vs  Mississippi Mississippi Def
Mississippi State 329.4 yards
Mississippi 535.6 yards
Mississippi State 1.3 yards/rush
Mississippi 5.8 yards/rush
Mississippi State 5.7 yards/attempt
Mississippi 8.9 yards/attempt
Mississippi Mississippi Off vs  Mississippi State Mississippi State Def
Mississippi 565.4 yards
Mississippi State 366.9 yards
Mississippi 4.5 yards/rush
Mississippi State 3.2 yards/rush
Mississippi 10.9 yards/attempt
Mississippi State 7.6 yards/attempt