Mississippi stuns No. 16 Mississippi State 31-28 in Egg Bowl

Mississippi stuns No. 16 Mississippi State 31-28 in Egg Bowl

Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald had successful ankle surgery on Friday after being carted off in the first quarter of the Bulldogs' 31-28 loss against Mississippi.

Jordan Ta'amu threw for 247 yards and the two touchdowns to Brown and Metcalf. He had 1,770 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 picks on the season along with 968 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.

Brown, the SEC's leader in yards receiving, had six catches for 167 yards.

Mullen - 69-49 in nine seasons, including 8-4 in 2017, in arguably the toughest job in the SEC - now makes $4.5 million annually at Mississippi State, but according to's report, "word is the school is willing to bump him up to around $6 million and also making an even stronger financial commitment to his staff". "I'm happy with what we've built".

Mississippi State hurt itself with five turnovers - two interceptions and three fumbles.

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With nine minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Bulldogs took over on offense and ran a read option that ended in disaster. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior immediately grabbed at his right leg, which was bent at an awkward angle.

Mullen said after the game that Fitzgerald dislocated his ankle, but didn't have any further information.

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With great field position at the Ole Miss 42, Thompson dropped back for the Bulldogs and floundered a pass in the direction of C.J. Moore. The Rebels are ineligible for postseason play due to a self-imposed bowl ban.

Mississippi State prepares for its eighth straight trip to a bowl game.