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Ole Miss defeats Mississippi State for New Years candidacy

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Ole Miss has many reasons to be grateful.

The No.8 Rebels beat rivals Mississippi State 31-21 in Game 118 of the Egg Bowl rivalry Thursday night. The victory secured Ole Miss (10-2, 6-2 SEC) her first 10-game regular season in school history in her second season only under coach Lane Kiffin and has allowed the Rebels to play almost certainly in a New Year’s six bowl game.

Here are three things we learned about Ole Miss from the Egg Bowl:

Survive a second half: The second half was about surviving for Ole Miss this month. Liberty, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt all dominated the third quarter against the Rebels. So when Mississippi State got the ball to start the third 10-6 trolling, it looked like that command could determine the feel of the rest of the game.

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