Ole Miss Egg Bowl “Players of the Game”
There were many Ole Miss Rebels who had outstanding performances in the 31-17 win over Mississippi State in the 2014 Egg Bowl Saturday. The Rebel Walk has awarded (unofficial) helmet stickers to the “players of the game” who made exceptional contributions in the victory.
Offensive Players of the Game
Bo Wallace – The Rebel quarterback, playing on an injured ankle, made great decisions throughout the game and finished 13-30 for 296 yards. Wallace was without Vince Sanders for most of the contest following an injury to the senior WR in the second quarter. The Rebels were already short-handed at receiver, given the loss of Laquon Treadwell earlier in the season.
Evan Engram – The sophomore tight end had 5 receptions for 176 yards. He made play after play when the Rebels needed him the most and had the biggest game of his career on the biggest stage.
Engram’s career-high night was also the fourth-most in a game in Ole Miss history. He now has 919 career receiving yards, which ranks him second in school history for an Ole Miss tight end, passing Rufus French. Fittingly, Engram made a SportsCenter top ten catch list in the second half.
Jaylen Walton – The junior running back rushed for a career-high148 yards on 14 attempts and had 1 touchdown. He had 2 receptions for 20 yards and added 35 yards in kickoff returns to give him a total of 203 all-purpose yards. Jaylen ran hard all day long and busted the game open in the third quarter with a beautiful 91-yard touchdown run, the third-longest touchdown run in school history.
Defensive Players of the Game
Tony Conner – The sophomore defensive back finished with seven tackles, 1 sack (career high) and 3 tackles for loss (career high). He made huge hits and played all over the field today, recording a pass broken up (PBU) and a QB hurry. .
Robert Nkemdiche – The sophomore defensive tackle had 7 tackles, 3 of which were solo, and one tackle for loss. As he has done all season, Nkemdiche created havoc for four quarters and spent most of the game in the Bulldog backfield.
Keith Lewis – The junior linebacker led the Rebels with a career-high 8 tackles, six of which were solo, and had one tackle for loss.
Special Teams Players of the Game
Will Gleeson – The freshman punter had 7 punts with a 38.9 average per punt, and had two downed inside the 20 for 0 return yards.
Nathan Noble – The sophomore kicker had 6 kickoffs with 5 touchbacks. He kept the Bulldogs on their end of the field every drive.
Congratulations to the Ole Miss Rebels for beating State and bringing the Egg Bowl Trophy back to Oxford!