2016 Sugar Bowl

The 2016 Sugar Bowl is now in the books.  The game took place on January 1st at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  This was the 81st edition and featured Ole Miss versus Oklahoma State.

Ole Miss really dominated.  The final ended up being 48-20 which gave the Rebels their first 10-win season since 2003.  Both teams finished the year at 10-3.

The Cowboys hadn’t played in the Sugar Bowl since way back in 1946.  Ole Miss hasn’t necessarily been a frequent visitor here either.  The last time they played in this bowl was in 1970.

The two schools are somewhat familiar with each other though.  They met in the Cotton Bowl back in 2004 and 2010.  Ole Miss seems to have Oklahoma State’s number though as they have now won all three of those bowl games.

Oklahoma State got the scoring started with a first quarter field goal, but Ole Miss rallied 27 unanswered points to go up 27-3.  After a Cowboy field goal the Rebels put another touchdown on the board to end the first half leading 34-6.

There was a lot of offense in this one.  Chad Kelly was 21-for-33 for 302 yards, four touchdowns, and a single interception.  Mason Rudolph and JW Walsh split time for Oklahoma State and combined for 27-45 passing and 303 yards.

Walsh was the leading rusher for Oklahoma State, carrying the ball 10 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns.  A quarterback also led the way for the Rebels as Kelly ran 10 times for 73 yards, but Jordan Wilkins, Akeem Judd, and Jaylen Walton all managed 40+ yards in the game.

No surprise who the favorite target was for Kelly.  Tread well had six catches for 71 yards, but scored three touchdowns.  The other touchdown pass was caught by Cody Core who ended the game with four grabs for 91 yards.  Evan Engram had six catches and 96 yards as well.

Oklahoma State was led by Marceli Ateman’s five catches for 70 yards.  David Gladden added four catches fro 59, the same stat line produced by Chris Carson.

So this game was a little anti-climatic.  I think part of the problem was the letdown situation for Oklahoma State.  They started the season out 10-0 and had their sights set on a spot in the playoffs.  However, Baylor beat them in Stillwater and then were blowout by Oklahoma.  That left them kind of reeling heading into this game against Ole Miss.

The Rebels on the other hand ended the season with double digit wins over rivals LSU and Mississippi State.  Their heartbreak happened earlier in the year with losses to Florida, Memphis, and Arkansas.  You have to think they would have liked to have had another shot at those teams, since you know the potential was their for the Rebels after an early win over Alabama.