Historical Egg Bowl Victory

 

Victory Lap in Vaught-Hemingway

How many would have believed me before the season if I told you MSU would finish second-to-last in the SEC West but still have eight wins? Lots of fun facts to look at following this Egg Bowl victory for MSU. Here’s a list of the ones I’ve found so far:

•  The Bulldogs won back-to-back games against Ole Miss for the fi rst time since the 1998 and 1999 seasons.

•  Dan Mullen became the first head coach since Allen McKeen (1940) to beat Ole Miss in his first two years.

•  Miss. State is the only 4-loss team ranked in the Coaches and Associated Press polls to end the season. Also, MSU has been ranked in the top 25 six weeks in a row.

•  National stats rankings: State 16th in rushing offense and 19th in rushing defense. 13th in tackles for loss. 18th nationally and second in the SEC with 26 turnovers forced.

•  State finished the regular season as the only team in the SEC to convert every PAT attempt.

•  Bulldogs allowed only 65 yards rushing in the Egg Bowl. Fourth time this season to hold opponent under 100 yards. 4-0 in those games.

•  Auburn, Bama, LSU, Ark and MSU are 40 and 1 against the rest of the league. Bama loss to S. Carolina being the only blemish. Thats just a WOW when thinking about how good the league is this year….sorry to all our Webel friends.

•  Chris White closes regular season with 105 total tackles (4th in SEC), 15.5 TFL (also 4th) and 6 sacks (8th). Outstanding season.

• Vick Ballard rushed 22 times for 43 yards. Ballard now has 892 yards on 166 carries this season. Ballard’s third-quarter 8-yard rushing touchdown was his 16th rushing touchdown this season and 17th overall. Ballard broke the single-season touchdown record and tied the single-season rushing touchdown record both held by Jackie Parker in 1952.

•  Junior quarterback Chris Relf had a career night, going 13-20 for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Relf’s 288 yards was a career high while his three touchdowns tied a career high. Relf had 354 yards of total offense, also a career high. Relf’s 288 passing yards were the most by a Mississippi State quarterback since Wesley Carroll threw for 421 yards against Arkansas in 2007.

•  Fletcher Cox’s fi rst-quarter blocked extra point was his second block this season and his third career block.

•  Chris Smith’s second quarter 15-yard touchdown reception was the fi rst of his career. Smith fi nished the night with four receptions for 41 yards. This season, Smith has 20 receptions for 208 yards.

•  Redshirt freshman LaDarius Perkins’ added his second and third receiving touchdowns this season with TD receptions of 33 and 36 yards.. Perkins now has seven receptions for 168 yards this season. Perkins also rushed for 98 yards on 13 carries. Perkins had 278 all purpose yards, the third most in school history and the most since Nick Turner had 344 at Tennessee in 2003.

•  Damein Anderson’s third quarter forced fumble was the fi rst of his career.

•  Marvin Bure recovered the fumble which was the fi rst fumble recovery of his career.

•  Derek DePasquale’s third-quarter 42-yard fi eld goal was his ninth straight made dating back to the UAB game. DePasquale is now 9-11 this season and is 2-3 from beyond 40 yards after his fourth-quarter 47-yard miss.

•  Corey Broomfi eld’s fourth-quarter interception was his third this season and the ninth of his career. Broomfi eld moves into a tie for ninth with nine career picks.

•  Senior linebacker K.J. Wright had two sacks for 10 yards which was a season best. Wright and Chris White led the Bulldog defense with nine stops.

 

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God…Why???

Nick Bell lost the battle with cancer. Many bad and evil things happen in our world. And it leaves us with many questions. I believe God has given us the answers in His Word.

Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does it happen to someone so young and his whole life ahead of him? Why is the world full of evil?

Are you asking why? The question “why” has been in our vocabulary since we were children. Our curiosity needs to be satisfied and “why” becomes a way to learn about the world in which we live. Understanding the reason for our lives and those things that impact us seems to be something that can never be exhausted and it is a natural part of our human makeup to ask “why?” The asking is not the problem. However, always understanding the answer is often a huge problem for us to overcome. A cancer diagnosis would naturally cause one to ask “why?”

There is a process in asking “why?” It may begin with “why me?” and then sometimes moves to, “why would God allow me or someone else to get cancer?” It is a legitimate question. It comes with a simple answer that is not always easily understood. It is key to understanding that it is not God punishing or unduly burdening one person over another. When one receives a cancer diagnosis, the initial thought is that we are alone in this. The statistics do not register when we are first hit with bad news. However, “He sends rain on the just and the unjust” (Matthew 5:45 NLT), and that is an eternal principle that holds true for every thing that occurs in this life. Hurricanes and tornadoes don’t just destroy the homes and property of wicked people; they destroy the homes and property of good people as well. The blessings of God fall upon those who we may not think deserve them as well as those who we feel do deserve them. So a cancer diagnosis is not because God is picking on anyone. Suffering, pain, and even death are part of the human condition; bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. The real issue is our response and the spiritual choices we make when we are faced with a life threatening diagnosis.

The truth is that the curse of sin at the fall of man in the beginning (Genesis 3:17) has unleashed upon the earth suffering of all kinds. We all suffer with something and we all will die of something. Therefore, the key is to understand that God does not cause our cancer but He can be a source of great comfort and strength in it. When we receive a cancer diagnosis, we need to understand that asking why is part of the process of acceptance but that in the end the answers to why may never be fully understood in this life. Asking God why is not wrong but accusing God is. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). Jesus also said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).” God will give us the knowledge we need even though it may not always match what we think we should have. Asking, seeking, and finding are part of the process of growing in our knowledge of God through His Word. Personally knowing God brings us peace in the uncertain circumstance of life.

Therefore, God does not “give” anyone cancer. Cancer comes from living in a fallen world. However, God does use everything, including cancer, to bring us to a greater knowledge of our real dependence upon Him and upon His provision to get through “all things” (Romans 8:28). God does not cause disease but He will use all circumstances that come to our lives to draw us to Himself and that is perfectly within His attributes of sovereignty and righteousness. As an example, God allowed Job to be touched with suffering to teach Job to trust in Him.

I know several godly people who have received a cancer diagnosis and they have asked why. However, I have also watched them conquer their questions and their fear through trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ through the Word of God. They did not always understand why they had cancer. However, they did find the grace and strength they needed to go through treatment and sometimes face death with assurance that, “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). In other words, they trusted in the author and finisher of their faith and had confidence that whatever the outcome of their cancer, they were in the hands of God, their Savior.

Voddie Baucham deals w/ 4 of the most asked questions about life in the video below.

1. Who am I?

2. Why am I here?

3. What is wrong with the world?

4. How can what is wrong, be made right?