Mississippi St. crushes Ole Miss 31-3 in Egg Bowl

By David Brandt

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Nov. 26 2011 8:15 p.m. MST

Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins (27) sprints past Mississippi defensive back Cody Prewitt (25) and defensive end Gerald Rivers (90) for a 26-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of their NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.

Rogelio V. Solis, Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Vick Ballard rushed for 144 yards and scored two touchdowns, LaDarius Perkins added two more touchdowns and Mississippi State easily beat Mississippi 31-3 on Saturday night in the Egg Bowl.

Mississippi State (6-6, 2-6 Southeastern Conference) now has a three-game winning streak in the Egg Bowl for the first time since 1942 and also earned bowl eligibility for the second straight season.

Ole Miss (2-10, 0-8) finished a miserable season that included 10 losses for the first time in program history and ends coach Houston Nutt's four-year tenure. Nutt's resignation was announced on Nov. 7, but he remained to coach the last three games, which the Rebels lost by a combined score of 110-13.

Nutt ends with a 24-26 overall record at Ole Miss, including a 10-22 mark in conference games. The Rebels have lost 14 straight SEC games.

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