Gee whiz: Peeing dog celebration costs Ole Miss in Egg Bowl

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Mississippi wide receiver Elijah Moore (8) reacts following a touchdown by his team against Mississippi State during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. The act resulted in a 15-yard penalty assessed on the extra point that was missed. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Luke Logan missed a 35-yard extra point after Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore was penalized for celebrating a touchdown by crawling and pretending to urinate like a dog, and Mississippi State ended up with a 21-20 victory Thursday night in the 116th Egg Bowl.

Ole Miss (4-8, 2-6 Southeastern Conference) pulled within a point with 4 seconds remaining on Matt Corral’s 2-yard pass to Moore, but Logan hooked the extra point after Moore cost the Rebels 15 yards.

“That’s not who we are. We’ve been a disciplined team all year, and so just disappointed that happened,” head coach Matt Luke said. “That’s not who he is. Elijah is a good kid and he just got caught up in the moment.”

Mississippi State (6-6, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) beat Ole Miss at home for the first since 2013.

Mississippi State offensive lineman Tyre Phillips (78) celebrates with fans and holds the Golden Egg trophy following the team’s 21-20 win over Mississippi in an NCAA college football game Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, in Starkville, Miss. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

The teams combined for seven sacks and 17 tackles for loss, and Mississippi State won the turnover battle 3-1. The Bulldogs’ Erroll Thompson had a game-high 11 tackles, one for a loss, a pass deflection and a forced fumble.

“Erroll’s our team captain, you know, and he has the confidence of the team,” Moorhead said. “For him to play the way he did, and just the entire defense, it was a great team win.”

The Bulldogs scored two first-half touchdowns, the first on Nick Gibson’s 27-yard run and the second on the next possession on quarterback Garrett Shrader’s 1-yard run. Ole Miss responded with two touchdowns of its own, with J.R. Plumlee scoring on a 2-yard run and Jerrion Ealy on a 5-yarder to tie it at 14 at the half.

Midway through the third quarter, the Bulldogs sacked Plumlee three times on the same drive, the third forcing a fumble. Seven plays later, Shrader scored on a 5-yard run to put Mississippi State up 21-14.

After pulling Plumlee in favor of Corral, Ole Miss had two different red-zone opportunities in the fourth quarter. The other ended with a Marcus Murphy interception.

On the final drive of the game, Mississippi State committed three of its five total penalties and Ole Miss ran nine plays inside the 15 before eventually connecting for the touchdown.

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