Egg Bowl: So many ways to go, including Bo

What follows is my syndicated column that ran in most Mississippi newspapers published on Sundays. There were so many different ways to go with a column about this Egg Bowl. One: The Ole Miss defense, which dominated State at the line of scrimmage, something nobody else has really done this season. Two: Hugh Freeze's offensive game plan, which featured plenty of razzle-dazzle and seemed to have State's defense off-balance all night. Three: How this game put an exclamation point on the most memorable football season in the join histories of...

Gov. Winter remembers 1941 and ‘The Game’

People don't believe me when I tell them this, but it's true: Mississippi State and Ole Miss once played a football game with the Southeastern Conference Championship at stake. It's true. It happened nearly 74 years ago in 1940. I have an eyewitness. His name is William Winter and we know him as Governor and one of our greatest statesmen. Gov. Winter, now 91 years young, was in the press box at then-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford. He was keeping statistics and covering the game for The Mississippian, then the weekly...

Moncrief monstrous in Rebs' Egg Bowl win

OXFORD — Hugh Freeze was the winning coach, the man of the hour, but Dan Mullen was the coach on the Ole Miss jumbotron as the final seconds ticked down. What goes round, comes round. And, boy, this came around and came around and came around again. "We will never lose to this team again," Mullen was telling his players in a clip from two years ago, and the Ole Miss jumbotron folks replayed it multiple times. Final score this night: Ole Miss 41, Mississippi State 24, and it was...

D.D. Lewis: 'What's the fuss?'

D.D. Lewis, one of the greatest players in Misissippi State football history, laughs when asked his favorite Egg Bowl memory. Says D.D., "I don't really have one." "We played 'em three times, lost to 'em three times," D.D. says. "You want to know what I remember about Ole Miss. Here's what I remember: They all had big ol' legs, big ol' shoulders and small waists. They were fast and they were good. They reminded me of LSU. They were really, really good." So was D.D. Lewis. Lewis, you should know,...

Jerious Norwood remembers a prized Egg from 10 years ago

Jerious Norwood — J-Rock to his fans and friends — doesn’t have to think more than a split second when asked his best Egg Bowl memory. “It was the one we won,” Norwood said from Atlanta Tuesday. “That’s the easiest question I’ve ever answered.” It was Nov. 26, 2005, at Scott Field, and it was a performance to behold. Norwood, the former Brandon star, ran for 204 yards and and scored four touchdowns against a Patrick Willis-led Ole Miss defense in a surprising 35-14 State victory. “I knew that was...

Archie Manning had to choose two favorite Egg Bowls

When it comes to picking his most memorable Egg Bowl, Archie Manning can't choose just one. No, he has to pick one as a player and another as a father. Interestingly, both were played in Starkville. And both games were played in rain. “In 1969, my junior year, we had to beat Mississippi State to go to the Sugar Bowl,” Archie says. “I remember we played on Thanksgiving Day and I remember that it rained pretty steadily all game long. If you look, I think you'll see we were tied...

Glen Collins and 'that quarterback'

 This is the second of a series of Egg Bowl memories of Ole Miss and State greats from yesteryear. Jackson's own Glen Collins, one of Mississippi State's all-time great defensive linemen, played in four Egg Bowls, all in Jackson. “Seems like we always played them on a dreary or rainy day,” Collins says. “It was always gray.” And the games, says Collins, always were competitive. His favorite? “That's a tough one, but it's got to be my junior year (1980),” Collins says. “That was the year we beat Alabama and...

Egg Bowl memories: Deuce leads off

Today we'll begin a week-long Egg Bowl series, involving former players on both sides of the rivalry, and their favorite memories from Egg Bowls past.  We begin with Deuce McAllister, who almost became a Mississippi State Bulldog before he went to Ole Miss.  "My cousin, Michael Davis, was a great player at Mississippi State, and I had a good relationship with Coach Sherrill," McAllister said Sunday. "I probably visited Mississippi State and spent more time of their campus than I did Ole Miss."  But McAllister chose Ole Miss and became...