OXFORD – Mississippi State may have lost the game, but for one Bulldog senior, the Egg Bowl was a record-breaking performance.
Chad Bumphis may be heading to the locker room for the first time in his career without the Egg Bowl trophy in his hands, but he can still hold his head high. In what was a game mainly dominated by the University of Mississippi, Bumphis managed to make his mark on the game and end his career in record breaking fashion.
“You have to give them credit they executed better than we did,” Bumphis said. “They just made plays. It just came down to execution. Everybody is going to be excited about a rivalry game. Everybody knew how big of a game it was and we just didn’t hold up on our end.”
Bumphis’ day began in the first quarter as he picked up a huge fourth down conversion. Following the fourth down conversion, Bumphis again stepped up as Tyler Russell found the Bulldog on a 42-yard touchdown pass to give MSU its only lead of the day.
With 7 seconds remaining in the game, Dak Prescott found Bumphis with an 8-yard scoring pass. With the last minute score, Bumphis extended a MSU school record as he picked up his 12th touchdown reception of the season and his 24rd career reception.
The 12th touchdown reception for Bumphis, places him in an elite group of 12 wide receivers nationally who have 11 or more scoring receptions. The milestone also moved the Bulldog to the top of the Southeastern Conference in single-season touchdown receptions.
On Saturday evening, Bumphis also broke the MSU all-time record for career receiving yards with his 68-yard reception in the second quarter giving him 2,252 yards during his MSU career.
Bumphis not only improved himself career-wise as a Bulldog, but improved his single season presence as he moved into fifth place all-time in receiving yards (904) and sixth in receptions (55) in a single season.
Saturday evening marked Bumphis’ fourth 100-yard receiving game of the 2012 season which is tied for third in school history and was his seventh career 100-yard receiving game which placed him second on the MSU all-time list.
The impressive showing by Bumphis on Saturday moved him past former Bulldogs Bill Buckley (776 in 1972) and Eric Moulds (779 in 1995) for ninth all-time in single season receiving yards.
Bumphis may not have gotten the outcome he desired Saturday, but he will get one more chance to play this season. While MSU may not know where it's headed, with an 8-4 record the Bulldogs will be making their third straight bowl game appearance giving Bumphis one more opportunity to wear the Maroon and White.
“We are going to have to put it in the back of our mind and go out and play a bowl game, but it’s always hard to lose a game like this,” said Bumphis.