Dak Prescott and a Crazy Finish Highlight Mississippi State's Win over Ole Miss

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Dak Prescott and a Crazy Finish Highlight Mississippi State's Win over Ole Miss
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For a game that ended 17-10, featured 16 punts and six combined turnovers, the Egg Bowl between Mississippi State and Ole Miss certainly closed with a bang.

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, who missed the last two games with a stinger, came off the bench in the fourth quarter, completed 11-of-20 passes for 115 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown on a three-yard run on 4th-and-1 in overtime to lead his team to a win.

The decision to go in was all Prescott's according to Bob Carskadon of HailState.com.

Just how questionable was Prescott going in? Mullen "confirmed" that he wouldn't play earlier in the week, and the sophomore from Haughton, La. was only cleared to play Thursday morning according to Carskadon.

It wasn't just a win in a rivalry game for Mississippi State, it got the Bulldogs to 6-6 and gets them to a bowl game for the fourth consecutive season for the first time in program history.

It was an emotional win for Prescott, who lost his mother to cancer earlier this month, according to NBCSports.com. His performance against the Rebels in an emotional time coming off of injury wasn't lost on Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen, who got choked up talking about his quarterback in the postgame press conference.

But Prescott's heroic effort wasn't the only thing that made this final 15 minutes and change of this game worth the wait.

After Prescott's touchdown run, Ole Miss had the chance to send it to the second overtime. On 1st-and-10 from the 11, Rebel quarterback Bo Wallace took off for the end zone but was hit by Nickoe Whitley short of the goal line and fumbled, which was recovered by Mississippi State's Jamerson Love to end the game.

Ole Miss at Mississippi State highlights

It was a huge win for Mullen. His Bulldogs won back-to-back overtime games to get to bowl eligibility, which broke a stretch that saw the program lose 11 of its previous 17 games coming in.

Any pressure that was building over his job status—whether real or perceived—will likely be gone for the time being, following the dramatic overtime victory in a rivalry game in front of the Bulldog faithful. That's big, and Mullen knows it.

Not tomorrow.

I've been one of Mullen's biggest critics and wrote that he should be coaching for his job in this game after last week's win over Arkansas.

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Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen (left) and QB Dak Prescott

Whether he was or wasn't doesn't really matter, because his team—and Prescott in particular—came through for him in a huge moment.

Now the Bulldogs have some much-needed momentum headed into the offseason. They finished one game behind Ole Miss overall, but even with the Rebels at 3-5 in the SEC and the Egg Bowl trophy on their shelf.

Not a bad way to save a season.

 


 

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