Mississippi State wasted no time Thursday night.
Moments after the Bulldogs beat Ole Miss 24-22 in the Egg Bowl, Mississippi State turned its social media attention to Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin.
The tweet was a reference to Kiffin making headlines this week for the open Auburn coaching job. He trolled a Mississippi reporter to report that he would resign as Ole Miss head coach on Friday and take the Auburn job.
Earlier this week, Columbus, Miss., TV anchor Jon Sokoloff tweeted that Kiffin would retire as Ole Miss coach and head to Auburn on Friday. Kiffin first tried to shoot down the report by quote-tweeting “that’s news to me Jon. Good sources.”
Kiffin then made his own fake news release about Sokoloff’s future.
Sticking with the theme, the Bulldogs had their tweet ready and waiting.
Will Rogers passed for two touchdowns and Mississippi State stopped a potential game-tying 2-point conversion with 1:25 left to preserve a 24-22 Egg Bowl win over No. 20 Ole Miss.
Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC) rallied from a 16-7 second-quarter deficit with a 10-point fourth-quarter outburst. Massimo Biscardi hit a clear 34-yard field goal before Rogers connected on a 22-yard touchdown pass to Rara Thomas to build a 24-16 lead with 7:58 left.
Ole Miss answered when Jaxson Dart threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Dayton Wade with 1:25 left, capping a 99-yard drive to close within 24-22. But the 2-point attempt failed.
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.