By Gregg Ellis
OXFORD - Ole Miss running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis needed just 38 yards against Mississippi State on Saturday to reach 1,000 for the year, a feat that's been achieved just three times in school history.
But when the final horn sounded in the Rebels 20-17 win, he was credited with just 37, giving him 999 on the year.
However, there's still a chance for a 1,000.
An Ole Miss official said after the game the school will ask the NCAA to review game film to make sure a yard wasn't missed.
Only the Mississippi State game can be reviewed, and Ole Miss has 10 days to officially request the review.
Green-Ellis, a transfer from Indiana, had 14 yards at the half and entered the fourth quarter with 23 yards. His longest run of the day nine yards.
Overall, the Rebels rushed for 58 yards.
MSU's Dixon motivated
Anthony Dixon read where Ole Miss linebacker Rory Johnson had referred to him as "Little Dixon" earlier in the week.
There were no comeback remarks, as Dixon let his play on the field do all the talking.
The true freshman from Terry totaled a game-high 125 yards on 25 carries and scored one touchdown.
Ironically, the score came after he broke loose from Johnson on the goal line.
As for trash talking during the game, Dixon said there was none.
"Coach told me he wanted me to carry the load," Dixon said. "I had that on my mind all game long."
As for Johnson's comments, Dixon said, "He was just trying to get to me. I know he watched film and knew I wasn't little."
Of Dixon's yardage, 97 came in the first half.
In the second half, he said it was a matter of Ole Miss stacking the line of scrimmage.
"There were so many people in the box that I couldn't see," he said.
"I just lowered my head and powered ahead."
Battle of the linebackers
Saturday's Egg Bowl featured two of the SEC's best linebackers in Patrick Willis of Ole Miss and Mississippi State's Quinton Culberson, both seniors.
Willis, a finalists for the Butkus Award, finished with 13 tackles on the day, including 1 1-2 behind the line of scrimmage, while Culberson was credited with four tackles, three solo.
"I hope I can go to the next level and do the same things," said Willis, a leading candidate for the Connerly Award. "I know it's going to be a challenge.
Added Culberson, "On defense, we played great, but we should have had two or three interceptions."
"We felt like they were getting a little bit of momentum with Anthony Dixon. I was pleased to see the way our defense played in the second half."
- Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron.
n "We ran well. The line blocked well, and I expected us to be able to run the football." MSU coach Sylvester Croom.
Egg Bowl chips
Ole Miss now leads the overall series 59-38-6 and has won four of the last five. ... Brent Schaeffer threw a touchdown pass for the fourth-straight game. ... Willis recorded 10 or more tackles in 18 of his last 20 games. ... MSU surpassed 300 yards offensively for the sixth time this year. ... The Bulldogs failed to score in the first quarter for the eighth time this year. ... Omarr Conner ends his career with 3,080 passing yards, only the eighth QB in school history to throw for more than 3,000 yards. His 17 touchdown passes are ninth most. ... Tight end Eric Butler caught a season-high four passes. ... In the last three games, Anthony Dixon has rushed for 335 yards.