Ole Miss 43, Bama 37: Oh what a night it was….

So, I awakened this morning and immediately checked the newspaper, which I mostly read on my telephone, and the score was still the same: Ole Miss 43, Alabama 37 (at Tuscaloosa). I don't know what would have seemed more strange 20 years ago: that score or mostly reading the newspaper on my phone. So it wasn't a dream, though sometimes it seemed one. I mean, does this stuff happen in real life: • Alabama fumbling and losing the ball on the opening kickoff on the way to being minus-5 in...

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...

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...

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...

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...