Joel Coleman, Senior Writer
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OXFORD – It’s Thanksgiving night, so you know what that means. Mississippi State and Ole Miss resume their intrastate rivalry as the Battle of the Golden Egg takes place in Oxford. Kick-off is scheduled for 18:00 at Vought Hemingway Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
However, you can also store the latest updates from Oxford here, including highlights, exclusive photos and commentary. Updates are published in reverse chronological order, so the most recent updates can be found first. Refresh your page for the latest news.
Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss Updates
– Today’s state uniform – White helmets, white tops, gray pants.
— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) November 24, 2022
– Egg Bowl scenes before the game:
Here is the program for today’s game:
📖 Today’s game program 𝐋𝐈𝐕𝐄.#HailState🐶
— Mississippi State Football (@HailStateFB) November 24, 2022
– Check out a few storylines before today’s game:
- Mississippi State is looking forward to its first eight-win season since 2018. It was also the last year the Bulldogs won the battle for the Golden Egg at Oxford.
- MSU has already picked up its first six-win season at home since 2018. The Bulldogs have won at least six home games five times in program history (2018, 2014, 2012, 1999).
- In 2022, MSU leads the opposition 90-21 in the first quarter. Bulldogs lead 13-4 when they score first Mike Leach.
- RB Jo’kuavius Marks caught a pass in 34 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the SEC and ranked 11th nationally. The MSU school record is 35 games set by Fred Ross (2013-16). Marx has at least one hit in every game of his collegiate career.
- Marks caught 44 passes, which ties the SEC lead among runners, and RB Dillon Johnson ranks second among SEC defensemen with 40 receptions.
- The Bulldogs have earned at least one clearance in 28 of 35 games under the direction of a defensive coordinator. Zach Arnett with 55 total takeaways during this period. The state has led the SEC in clearances since 2020, and its 28 clearance games rank second in the conference during that period.
- State leads the SEC with 14 steals and is fourth in the league with 51 assists this season.
- ISU has an interception in 20 games led by a defensive coordinator Zach Arnett with multiple picks in 11 games for a total of 36 picks. The Bulldogs are 10-1 in games with multiple interceptions. Ten active players have made 32 interceptions in their careers.
- MSU leads the FBS in red zone pass points (5.19), red zone touchdown percentage (81.08 percent), and red zone touchdown percentage (59.46 percent).
- MSU is cup-eligible and will play in post-season play for the 13th consecutive season, a program record. Only seven schools have active streaks of at least 13 seasons, and only Alabama and Georgia join MSU from the SEC.
- Mike Leach he has now led 19 of his 21 teams to bowling games, including eight straight seasons.
- QB Will Rogers threw for 301 yards and five touchdowns in his last game against ETSU (November 12). It was the fourth time this year that he has thrown at least four touchdown passes, tied for third in FBS. It’s also only the second season in school history that the Bulldogs have thrown four or more touchdowns in four games. Rodgers threw four touchdowns in four games last year.
- Rodgers has thrown for over 300 yards and landed at least three times in 16 of 33 career games, tying him 13th in the FBS rankings since 2000.
- As of 2020, Rodgers ranks third in the nation among active players with five career games of five or more passing touchdowns and is tied for third with 79 total passing touchdowns. He also leads the nation in passing yards (10,189).
- Rodgers boasts 20 passing games for 300 yards, which is an MSU career high (Previous: Duck Prescott 9 games, 2012-15) 15) and has been ranked third in the FBS rankings since 2000.
- Rodgers also tied Prescott’s high school record with 29 career passing games for 200 yards. Rodgers needs four passing touchdowns to equal his high school record set last year (36).
- WR Austin Williams was named one of 12 finalists for the William W. Campbell Trophy. He is MSU’s fifth finalist and the only finalist this season with a perfect 4.0 GPA in every year of his career. The latest Bulldog finalist was Tawese Calhoun (2015), who is now on staff as an alumni assistant.
- Four current Bulldogs are now in the top 10 in MSU career history for total hits: RB Jo’kuavius Marks (2nd, 187), WR Austin Williams (5th, 147), RB Dillon Johnson (7th, 141) and WR Jayden Wally (10th, 131).
- Mississippi boasts some of the best Special Forces Return Units in the nation. The state kickback team leads the nation, averaging 28.2 yards per kickback. Both teams of the Bulldogs have broken return touchdowns this season, with only five teams nationally scoring on both kickbacks and kickbacks.
- The Bulldogs are tied for the lead in the country with a special teams rating of 90.5 from the PFF.
- WR Leadeatric Griffin leads the nation in yards per return kick (32.3) and WR Zavion Thomas ranks seventh in yards per punt return (12.9). Griffin’s career average of 33.3 is the best among active FBS players and beats the school record by 6.6 yards.
- LB Nathaniel Watson led MSU in tackles in seven games and is second in the SEC with 98 stoppages this season, ranking 27th nationally. He now has eight games with double-digit career tackles, the ninth most games with a bulldog since 1988.
- Watson is ranked fifth by the SEC with 38 “stoppages”, i.e. tackles that are considered unsuccessful for a violation according to the PFF. LB Jett Johnson tied for 11th with 33 stops.
- CB Emmanuel Forbes tied for the national lead with six steals and is eighth in the FBS with 14 passes defended. He broke FBS and SEC records with six-sixes of spades in his career.
- FROM Colleen Duncan boasts class 4 coverage (86.9) in the SEC on PFF.
- LB Tyrus Wheat tied for ninth in the SEC with 5.0 sacks and now has 17.5 career sacks, ninth in MSU history. His 0.53 sacks per game ranks 16th among active players in the country.
- Under Mike LeachThe Bulldogs are leading the score 14:0 with at least 30 points.