Adam Carlson hit a game-winning 48-yard field goal with 18 seconds left and Mississippi State likely clinched its first bowl appearance since 2000 with a dramatic 17-14 win over Mississippi Friday in the Egg Bowl.
The Bulldogs looked as if their season would end on a downbeat after falling behind their most-hated rival 14-0 with a lackluster effort through three quarters.
But Derek Pegues returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown to tie the score and Wes Carroll completed nine passes for 102 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter and set up Carlson's career-long kick with a key 11-yard run and a 17-yard pass completion in the final minute.
Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom capped the win by taking a victory lap around the field carrying a 10-foot school flag.
The win means a likely appearance in the Liberty or Independence bowls for the Bulldogs (7-5, 4-4), who clinched bowl eligibility two weeks ago but needed another win because 10 Southeastern Conference teams have six or more victories.
The loss kept the Rebels (3-9, 0-8) winless in conference play for the first time since 1982.