Saturday afternoon, the Rebels struggled through the air as quarterback Jeremiah Masoli tossed 44 passes, completing only 24 with one interception and a touchdown.
Power rusher Brandon Bolden was shut down by a stout Bulldog defense, holding the Rebel runner to only 45 yards on the ground.
Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf stole the show by completing 13 of 20 passes for 288 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt has made bowl appearances in the last two years of his tenure, taking two strait AT&T Cotton Bowl victories from Texas Tech in 08′ and Oklahoma State in 09′.
Nutt and company will be home for the holidays this year as the Rebels came up two game shy of becoming bowl eligible with just four wins.
“It’s been a tough season. It seems like everybody has been getting hurt this year. It has been tough; I really hate it for the seniors. I am disappointed that we will not be playing anymore this year,” Nutt said. “I just hate it. All I know to do is just get back to work.”
Ole Miss will start getting back to work this offseason with questions on the defensive line as well as starting quarterback with transfer senior Jeremiah Masoli taking his last snap under center Saturday night.
The Rebels open next years season at home against BYU.