Scores

Final

Ole Miss 14

(3-8, 1-7 SEC)

Mississippi St 35

(3-8, 1-7 SEC)

2:30 PM ET, November 26, 2005

Davis Wade Stadium, STARKVILLE, MS

1 2 3 4 T
MISS 7 7 0 014
MSST 0 21 0 1435

Top Performers

Passing: M. Henig (MSST) - 105 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Norwood (MSST) - 34 CAR, 204 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: T. Biddle (MISS) - 4 REC, 66 YDS, 1 TD

Mississippi St. 35, Mississippi 14

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Jerious Norwood scored four touchdowns in his final game at Mississippi State, leading the Bulldogs to a 35-14 victory over rival Mississippi on Saturday in the Egg Bowl.

Norwood rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries, and caught a 5-yard scoring pass from Mike Henig in leading the worst offense in the Southeastern Conference to 409 total yards -- 146 more than its average.

He scored on runs of 1, 2 and 33 yards in surpassing 200 yards rushing for the second time this season, and helped Mississippi State outrush Ole Miss 304-31. The Bulldogs (3-8, 1-7 SEC) won the Battle for the Golden Egg for the first time since 2001.

Flashbulbs popped, cowbells clanged and the Bulldogs hopped up and down at midfield before hoisting the 78-year-old, gold-plated Golden Egg trophy.

Norwood briefly left the game with leg cramps on the fifth play of the third quarter. He returned for the final play of the quarter and keyed two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter.

Henig was 11 of 20 passing for 105 yards and two TD passes. His 1-yard touchdown pass to Bryson Davis made it 28-14 and put the game out of reach.

Jeramie Johnson had two of his three interceptions in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

The Bulldogs used big plays on special teams and defense to set up Norwood's first two TDs.

First, Clarence McDougal partially blocked a Rebels' punt, and on the next play Norwood ran 33 yards for a score to tie it 7-7. Johnson returned his first interception to the Ole Miss 11, setting up Norwood's 2-yard touchdown run.

Norwood then gave Mississippi State a 21-14 lead with when his 1-yard scoring run with 46 seconds until halftime capped an 11-play drive.

Ethan Flatt had a 41-yard touchdown pass to Taye Biddle on the Rebels' opening drive, and Micheal Spurlock had a 7-yard touchdown pass to former quarterback Robert Lane.

But the Rebels (3-8, 1-7) couldn't get anything going in the second half, when they had just 39 total yards.

Spurlock finished 9 of 14 passing for 86 yards, and Flatt was 6 of 10 for 72 yards, but each Rebels quarterback threw two interceptions.

Jamal Pittman had 35 yards on 19 carries to lead the Rebels, who had run for a total of 17 yards in their previous two games.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MISS
MSST
1st Downs1223
Total Yards189409
Passing158105
Rushing31304
Penalties3-116-52
3rd Down Conversions3-108-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers41
Possession25:1334:47

Passing Leaders

Ole MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Spurlock9/14866.112-
Flatt6/10727.212-
Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Henig11/201055.321-

Rushing Leaders

Ole MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pittman9353.9030
Kendrick...7131.905
Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Norwood342046.0333
Thornton13806.2021

Receiving Leaders

Ole MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Espy5438.6015
Biddle46616.5141
Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Conner46917.3026
Davis273.516

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMISSMSST
TD13:29TAYE BIDDLE 41 YD PASS FROM ETHAN FLATT (MATT HINKLE KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yards.
70
SECOND QUARTERMISSMSST
TD13:47JERIOUS NORWOOD 33 YD RUN (ADAM CARLSON KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 33 yards.
77
TD9:37JERIOUS NORWOOD 2 YD RUN (ADAM CARLSON KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 11 yards.
714
TD5:06ROBERT LANE 7 YD PASS FROM MICHEAL SPURLOCK (MATT HINKLE KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 85 yards.
1414
TD0:46JERIOUS NORWOOD 1 YD RUN (ADAM CARLSON KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yards.
1421
FOURTH QUARTERMISSMSST
TD8:43BRYSON DAVIS 1 YD PASS FROM MIKE HENIG (ADAM CARLSON KICK)
Drive info: 13 plays, 73 yards.
1428
TD5:13JERIOUS NORWOOD 5 YD PASS FROM MIKE HENIG (ADAM CARLSON KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 44 yards.
1435