Egg Bowl

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Battle for the Golden Egg
Mississippi State Bulldogs.svgUMRebels logo (script).png
Mississippi State BulldogsOle Miss Rebels

Sport(s)Football
Total meetings110 total, 86 Egg Bowls
Series recordOle Miss leads, 61–43–6
(59–45–6 on the field)
First meetingOctober 28, 1901
Mississippi State 17, Ole Miss 0
Last meetingNovember 28, 2013
Mississippi State 17, Ole Miss 10
Next meetingNovember 29, 2014
Largest winMississippi State, 65–0 (1915)
Longest win streakMississippi State, 13 (1911–1925)
Current win streakMississippi State, 1 (2013–present)
TrophyGolden Egg
 
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Battle for the Golden Egg
Mississippi State Bulldogs.svgUMRebels logo (script).png
Mississippi State BulldogsOle Miss Rebels

Sport(s)Football
Total meetings110 total, 86 Egg Bowls
Series recordOle Miss leads, 61–43–6
(59–45–6 on the field)
First meetingOctober 28, 1901
Mississippi State 17, Ole Miss 0
Last meetingNovember 28, 2013
Mississippi State 17, Ole Miss 10
Next meetingNovember 29, 2014
Largest winMississippi State, 65–0 (1915)
Longest win streakMississippi State, 13 (1911–1925)
Current win streakMississippi State, 1 (2013–present)
TrophyGolden Egg
Egg Bowl is located in Mississippi
University of Mississippi
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Mississippi State University
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Locations in Mississippi

The Battle for the Golden Egg, also known as the Egg Bowl, is an American college football rivalry game played annually between Southeastern Conference members Mississippi State University and Ole Miss (The University of Mississippi). The rivalry is the tenth longest uninterrupted series in the United States. The two teams first played each other in 1901. Since 1927 the winning squad has been awarded possession of the "Golden Egg Trophy". In cases where the game ended in a tie the previous winner retained possession of the trophy. Ole Miss currently leads the series, 61–43–6 (59–45–6 on the field).

Series history[edit]

The first game in the series was played on October 28, 1901 at Mississippi State. Mississippi State, then known as the Mississippi A&M College and nicknamed the Aggies, defeated Ole Miss, nicknamed the Red and Blue at that time,[1] by a final score of 17–0. The two squads met on the gridiron every year from 1901 until 1911 and then, after a 3 year hiatus, resumed the series in 1915; since that 1915 meeting the two teams have met on the field every season with the exception of the 1943 season when neither school fielded teams due to World War II.[2][3][4] From 1973 through 1990 the game was played at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, which seats approximately 62,000. Besides being centrally located in the state, at the time it was the only venue in the state capable of seating the anticipated crowd; for many years Vaught–Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, seated only about 32,000 and Scott Field in Starkville, seated only about 31,000. Both have been considerably expanded and are now capable of accommodating the crowds which can realistically be expected, and both on-campus venues have been continually upgraded to the point where they are actually superior in amenities to Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The game is a typical example of the intrastate rivalries between several public universities in the U.S. These games are usually between one bearing the state's name alone, and the land-grant university, often styled as "State University." Like most such rivalries, it is contested at the end of the regular season, in this case during the Thanksgiving weekend and has been played on Thanksgiving 21 times, including from 1998–2003 and in 2013.[5] At one point the level of rivalry was such that a victory by one of the schools in this game could salvage what had otherwise been a poor season. This was however proven not to always be the case when in 2004 Ole Miss won the game but fired its coach, David Cutcliffe, the next week, following a disappointing season.

The birth of the Golden Egg[edit]

The Aggies (Bulldogs) dominated the early days of the series including a 13 game A&M winning streak from 1911–25 during which time the Aggies outscored the Red and Blue by a combined 327–33.[6] Through 1925 Ole Miss had won only five times out of twenty-three total contests. In 1926 When the Red and Blue ended their 13 game losing streak by defeating A&M 7–6 in Starkville the Ole Miss fans rushed the field with some trying to tear the goalposts down. A&M fans did not take well to the Ole Miss fans destroying their property and fights broke out. Some A&M fans defended the goal posts with wooden chairs, and several injuries were reported. According to one account:

"Irate Aggie supporters took after the ambitious Ole Miss group with cane bottom chairs, and fights broke out. The mayhem continued until most of the chairs were splintered."[7]

To prevent such events in the future, students of the two schools created the "Golden Egg", a large trophy which has been awarded to the winning team each year since 1927. The trophy is a large football-shaped brass piece mounted to a wooden base and traditionally symbolizes supremacy in college football in the state of Mississippi for the year. The footballs used in American football in the 1920s were considerably more ovoid and blunter than those in use today and similar to the balls still used in rugby; the trophy thus, to modern eyes, more resembles an egg than a football. The awarding of the "Golden Egg" was instituted in 1927 by joint agreement between the two schools' student bodies. In the event of a tie (before overtime was instituted in Division-I college football in 1996)[8] the school that won the game the previous year kept the trophy for the first half of the new year and then the trophy was sent to the other school for the second half of the new year.[9] The game was given the nickname "Egg Bowl" by Clarion-Ledger sportswriter Tom Patterson in 1979.[10]

Notable games[edit]

1929 Mississippi vs. Mississippi A&M football program. The game ended tied 7–7. Note on the cover the game was referred to as "Mississippi's Football Classic" and not the "Egg Bowl", a moniker that would not be applied to the game until the 1979 contest by sportswriter Tom Patterson.
Ole Miss and MSU meet during a 1970s Egg Bowl

Game results[edit]

Ole Miss victories are colored ██ blue. Mississippi State victories are colored ██ maroon. Ties are white. Victories vacated by the NCAA are shaded gray.

† Mississippi State was later forced to forfeit as part of NCAA penalties.
‡ Denotes overtime game

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss
  2. ^ Mississippi Yearly Results 1940-1944
  3. ^ Mississippi State Yearly Results 1940-1944
  4. ^ SEC Football: 75 Years of Pride and Passion
  5. ^ Egg Bowl moved to Thanksgiving
  6. ^ College football's great rivalries: Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State
  7. ^ a b Crack the Egg: Ole Miss-Mississippi State Rivalry Fights On
  8. ^ College Football History
  9. ^ Ole Miss football 2007 Media guide
  10. ^ Tom Patterson: He Named the Egg Bowl
  11. ^ a b The Egg Bowl Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss, Second Edition
  12. ^ a b c d Berner, William G.; McKenzie, Danny (2010). The Egg Bowl: Mississippi State Vs. Ole Miss. Oxford, MS: Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 26–27. ISBN 9781604738322. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  13. ^ a b Nash, Bruce; Zullo, Allan (1991). Football Hall of Shame. New York City: Simon and Schuster. p. 42. ISBN 9780671745516. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  14. ^ Conner, Floyd (2000). Football's Most Wanted. Potomac Books, Inc. ISBN 9781574883091. 
  15. ^ 2013 Mississippi State Football Notes • Game 12 • Ole Miss • Battle For The Golden Egg
  16. ^ Noble's 1918 coaching record @ College Football Data Warehouse
  17. ^ Egg Bowl Historical: "Golden Egg" trophy added as part of the rivalry in 1927
  18. ^ The ClarionLedger: Cosby tried, God blew, and 2 teams celebrated
  19. ^ YouTube: Video of the 1997 Egg Bowl melee
  20. ^ FRIDAY FLASHBACK: 1997 Egg Bowl
  21. ^ EGG BOWL FLASHBACK: Matt Wyatt & Romaro Miller
  22. ^ SDN Bulldog Blog – Gameday 2010 Week 13: Egg Bowl style vs. Ole Miss – Can State keep the trophy?
  23. ^ Mississippi embarrasses Mississippii State in lopsided Egg Bowl
  24. ^ Croom resigns after five years at Mississippi State
  25. ^ McCready, Neal (2009-11-23). "Rebs not worried about Egg Bowl letdown". Rivals.com. RebelGrove.com. 
  26. ^ "Relf guides Mississippi State to Egg Bowl upset". ESPN.com. 2009-11-28. 
  27. ^ "From Dixon With Love photo". PhotoBucket.com. 
  28. ^ Hinton, Matt (2009-11-11). "'Dixie' won't rise again at Ole Miss any time soon". Sports.Yahoo.com. 
  29. ^ Strange Brew Coffeehouse. "Dan Mullen after 2009 Egg Bowl". YouTube.com. 
  30. ^ Dak Prescott and a Crazy Finish Highlight Mississippi State's Win over Ole Miss
  31. ^ General Information from msstate.edu
  32. ^ Mississippi State Traditions: The Bulldog

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