OXFORD, Miss. — The unlikely duo of Jaylen Walton and Jordan Wilkins led Ole Miss to a resounding Egg Bowl upset.
Walton had a 91-yard touchdown run and Wilkins, a running back, threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to lead No. 18 Ole Miss over No. 4 Mississippi State 31-17 on Saturday.
Bo Wallace threw for 296 yards despite completing just 13 of 30 passes.
Ole Miss (9-3, 5-3 SEC) led 7-3 at halftime before its offense got going in the second half. It’s the 10th time in 11 seasons the home team has won the Egg Bowl.
Wilkins’ touchdown pass to Cody Core — with 9:14 remaining in the game — came on the second throw of his career after a pitch from Wallace, pushing the Rebels ahead by two touchdowns.
The loss by Mississippi State (10-2, 6-2, No. 4 CFP) means Alabama clinched the SEC Western Division. Dak Prescott threw for 282 yards and a touchdown.
It’s the first time both teams came into the Egg Bowl ranked since 1999.
The loss is a severe blow to Mississippi State’s hope of advancing to the inaugural College Football Playoff. De’Runnya Wilson caught eight passes for 117 yards and Fred Ross added six catches for 103 yards, but the Bulldogs were undone by an aggressive Ole Miss offense that wasn’t afraid to take chances.
Walton finished with a career-high 148 yards rushing on just 14 carries. Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram caught five passes for 176 yards
Ole Miss had lost three straight conference games — including last week’s 30-0 setback at Arkansas — before breaking through with a convincing win in the bitter instate rivalry.
GEORGIA TECH 30, GEORGIA 24, OT: In Athens, Georgia, Harrison Butker kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal on the final play of regulation, and D.J. White picked off a pass in overtime to preserve Georgia Tech’s victory over Georgia in a game filled with bizarre plays.
Georgia Tech (10-2, No. 16 CFP) trailed 24-21 after Hutson Mason threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell on fourth down with 18 seconds left. But the Yellow Jackets wound up with good field position after a squib kickoff, Justin Thomas scrambled 21 yards into field goal range, and Butker’s kick barely cleared the crossbar.
Zach Laskey put Georgia Tech ahead with his third touchdown run of the game in overtime, but Butker’s extra point was blocked. The Bulldogs (9-3, No. 9 CFP) had second-and-goal at the 9 when Mason again tried to hit Mitchell on a quick slant. This time, White stepped in to make the interception, ending the game.
This was a game that featured a bit of everything.
Georgia fumbled twice at the Georgia Tech 1, ruining almost certain touchdown drives, but then snatched the ball away at its own 1 when it looked like the Yellow Jackets were about to take it in. Damian Swann took that one 99 yards the other way for a touchdown, the longest fumble return in Georgia history.
Each team blocked a field goal, and Georgia pulled off a fake field goal that kicker Marshall Morgan nearly took to the end zone. Georgia Tech looked to be in position to clinch the victory after Georgia failed to field a pooch kickoff, allowing the Yellow Jackets to recover deep in Bulldogs territory.
Clemson 35, South Carolina 17: In Clemson, South Carolina, Clemson stopped the countdown on its losing streak to South Carolina. Now, the Tigers are looking to a new countdown to how many more Palmetto Bowl victories they might achieve behind freshmen Deshaun Watson, tailback Wayne Gallman and receiver Artavis Scott.
Watson threw for 269 yards and ran for two touchdowns, playing on a torn ACL coach Dabo Swinney said he hurt two days before last week’s game against Georgia State.
Gallman gained 191 yards and a touchdown and Scott took two short inside passes long distance for scores and finished with 185 yards rushing in the victory over the rival Gamecocks (6-6).
Clemson’s top-ranked defense also helped out, twice stopping the Gamecocks on fourth down in the second half. Defensive end Vic Beasley had two sacks and forced a fumble.
South Carolina could not keep Steve Spurrier’s mastery over the Tigers going. The Gamecocks hadn’t ever won more than four straight in a Palmetto Bowl series Clemson leads 66-42-4.
Quarterback Dylan Thompson 21 of 39 for 249 yards — enough to push him past former passer Todd Ellis as the school’s all-time single-season yardage leader at 3,254 yards.
Tennessee 24, Vanderbilt 17: In Nashville, Tennessee, Joshua Dobbs ran for two touchdowns and 91 yards as Tennessee beat Vanderbilt to become eligible for the Volunteers’ first bowl since 2010.
With the win, the Vols (6-6, 3-5) also snapped a two-game skid to their in-state rival that had been their longest since 1925-26.
Cameron Sutton returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown for Tennessee. The Volunteers also came up with three interceptions and three sacks, two by Curt Maggitt.
The Commodores (3-8, 0-8) at least avoided losing an eighth league game by double digits to wrap up coach Derek Mason’s first season a year after going 9-4. Torren McGaster had two interceptions, and the Commodores sacked Dobbs three times.
Tennessee outgained Vanderbilt 83-12 in offense through the first quarter, then lost freshman running back Jalen Hurd to an upper-body injury. The Commodores finished with a 272-262 edge in offense.
No. 24 Louisville 44, Kentucky 40: In Louisville, Kentucky, Brandon Radcliff ran for a 4-yard touchdown with 2:47 remaining and safety Gerod Holliman sealed it with an NCAA record-tying 14th interception with 35 seconds left, helping Louisville earn a wild victory over Kentucky.
No lead was safe in a back-and-forth game between rivals that got physical before kickoff. Louisville coach Bobby Petrino grabbed the jacket of Wildcats assistant Daniel Berezowitz during one pregame scuffle.
The game was equally as charged. There were four fourth-quarter lead changes alone. The Cardinals (9-3) ultimately got the last word by driving 81 yards for the game-winning score that capped their fourth and final comeback against the Wildcats (5-7).
Kentucky’s last possession ended with Holliman picking off Patrick Towles and returning it 65 yards to the 2 before Louisville ran out the clock and sparked a celebration.