DAPHNE, Ala. –
It was “Rivalry Weekend” and between the Iron Bowl, the Civil War, the Georgia/Georgia Tech battle and all the other great annual head-to-head competitions, it was the Egg Bowl in Mississippi which produced the most stunning results.
The injured Ole Miss Rebels playing without their two top receivers and patching together a constantly changing offensive line soundly defeated their arch-rivals, the #4 Ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs, 31-17 to earn the United States Sports Academy’s “Game of the Week” as part of the Academy’s Game of the Year Award.
Jaylen Walton emerged as one of Ole Miss’ standouts as he caught a 91-yard TD and rushed for a career-high 148 yards on 14 carries. At the same time, the Rebels’ QB, the oft maligned Bo Wallace, out-performed Bulldog QB, Dak Prescott, a contender for the Heisman Trophy, by passing for 296 yards with a 9.9 yard average, all on a sore ankle.
For their performance against one of the top teams in the Nation, the University of Mississippi was the clear choice of the Selection Committee.
In Second Place, Georgia Tech’s 30-24 OT victory over Georgia impressed the Committee, while The Iron Bowl, whose winner has played in the past five consecutive National Championship games, saw Alabama outlast Auburn 55-44 was selected Third.
A national panel of experts chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy and coach who resurrected the Marshall University football program, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award. The eminent panel consists of former and legendary coaches and sport administrators, such as Vince Dooley, Mike Lude, and Dr. Dick Young.
Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Past winners include such memorable games as Appalachian State over Michigan in 2007, Texas Tech over Texas in 2008, Alabama over LSU in 2011, and Auburn over Alabama in 2013.
With the new FBS four-team playoff instituted this year, the promise of many more memorable games is assured.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.