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) 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 consecutive 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 consecutive conference games.
KENTUCKY 10, TENNESSEE 7
In Lexington, Ky., CoShik Williams ran for a touchdown and senior wide receiver Matt Roark filled in at quarterback with 124 yards on 24 carries as Kentucky snapped a 26-game losing streak to Tennessee.
The win capped a disappointing season for the Wildcats (5-7, 2-6) and kept Tennessee (5-7, 1-7) from reaching bowl eligibility with representatives from the Liberty Bowl on hand.
Kentucky’s game plan was clear from the start to win for the first time in the series since 1984.
The Wildcats weren’t going to be able to throw much with Roark, but instead tried to run misdirection plays and catch Tennessee off-guard while relying on their improving defense.
Roark led two scoring drives and Kentucky forced three turnovers, including a key one in a goal-line stand in the third quarter.
VANDERBILT 41, WAKE FOREST 7
In Winston-Salem, N.C., Zac Stacy ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns and Vanderbilt became bowl-eligible by beating sluggish Wake Forest.
Quarterback Jordan Rodgers had 229 total yards for the Commodores (6-6), who became bowl eligible. Rodgers, the younger brother of NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers, threw for 139 yards and ran for 90 more.
Stacy scored on runs of 1 and 20 yards in the second quarter as Vanderbilt built a 20-point halftime lead, then iced the win for Vanderbilt with his 40-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Larry Smith, Vandy’s former starting QB, also hit a 45-yard flanker option pass for a score, as Vanderbilt became bowl-eligible for the first time since 2008.