2016 Sugar Bowl

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2016 Sugar Bowl
CFP New Year’s Six
82nd Sugar Bowl
1234 Total
Oklahoma State 3377 20
Ole Miss 102477 48
DateJanuary 1, 2016
Season2015
StadiumMercedes-Benz Superdome
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
MVPChad Kelly (QB - Ole Miss)
FavoriteOle Miss by 7½[1]
RefereeJeff Flanagan (ACC)[2]
Halftime showBands from participants
Attendance72,117 [2]
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN, ESPN Deportes
AnnouncersBob Wischusen (play-by-play), Brock Huard (Color Commentator), Shannon Spake (Sideline Reporter)- ESPN
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, & Joe Schad (ESPN Radio)
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The 2016 Sugar Bowl is a bowl game that was played on January 1, 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. This 81st Sugar Bowl was played between the University of Mississippi and Oklahoma State University. It is one of the 2015–16 bowl games that concluded the 2015 FBS football season. Sponsored by the Allstate insurance company, the game is officially known as the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

The contest was televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, with a radio broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio. Kickoff time was set for 8:30 PM EST.

In the game, Ole Miss won by a score of 48–20 to get their first 10–win season since 2003, and only their second since the Vaught era. Both teams finished their respective seasons with 10–3 records.

Teams[edit]

This was Oklahoma State's first Sugar Bowl since 1946, and Ole Miss's first since 1970. It was the third meeting between the two schools, having contested the Cotton Bowl Classic in 2004 and 2010. Ole Miss won all three games.

Oklahoma State[edit]

Oklahoma State began the season winning their first 10 games, which included a win over then–no. 5 TCU. Following the 10–0 start, the Cowboys had a #4 ranking in the College Football Playoff poll and controlled its own destiny in the Big 12. However, the Cowboys' undefeated season came to end when then–no. 10 Baylor beat them in Stillwater. The Cowboys would then lose another game at home in blowout fashion to rival and eventual Big 12 champion and College Football Playoff participant, Oklahoma. The Cowboys then fell to #16 in the CFP poll entering the Sugar Bowl, their first New Year's Six bowl game.

Ole Miss[edit]

Ole Miss began the season by handily defeating their first two opponents, scoring at least 73 points in each of the first two games before playing the then–second ranked Alabama on the road. In an upset, the Rebels beat the Crimson Tide and rose to #3 in the AP Poll. Just two weeks later, however, the Rebels would be blown out by then–no. 25 Florida. Following an easy win over New Mexico State, the Rebels traveled to Memphis, who they lost to in an upset. Ole Miss won their next two games against then–no. 15 Texas A&M and Auburn and controlled their own destiny in the SEC West before suffering a heartbreaking loss to Arkansas. Ole Miss ended the regular season with double digit wins over rivals LSU and Mississippi State and were ranked #12 coming into the game, which was their second consecutive New Year's Six bowl game.

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP OSU MISS
1 4:52 7 29 3:01 OSU 26-yard field goal by Ben Grogan 3 0
1 2:15 7 57 2:31 MISS 34-yard field goal by Gary Wunderlich 3 3
1 0:20 3 58 0:39 MISS Cody Core 31-yard touchdown reception from Chad Kelly, Gary Wunderlich kick good 3 10
2 11:28 6 51 2:01 MISS Laquon Treadwell 34-yard touchdown reception from Chad Kelly, Gary Wunderlich kick good 3 17
2 6:58 5 85 1:36 MISS Laquon Treadwell 10-yard touchdown reception from Chad Kelly, Gary Wunderlich kick good 3 24
2 3:39 8 55 2:04 MISS 38-yard field goal by Gary Wunderlich 3 27
2 1:22 10 61 2:17 OSU 31-yard field goal by Ben Grogan 6 27
2 0:00 8 74 1:22 MISS Laremy Tunsil 2-yard touchdown run, Gary Wunderlich kick good 6 34
3 4:26 2 40 0:44 MISS Jordan Wilkins 36-yard touchdown run, Gary Wunderlich kick good 6 41
3 1:11 9 75 3:15 OSU J. W. Walsh 2-yard touchdown run, Ben Grogan kick good 13 41
4 13:04 8 71 3:00 MISS Laquon Treadwell 14-yard touchdown reception from Chad Kelly, Gary Wunderlich kick good 13 48
4 3:03 5 54 2:25 OSU J. W. Walsh 8-yard touchdown run, Ben Grogan kick good 20 48
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 20 48

Source: [2]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics[2] OSU MISS
First Downs 20 28
Total offense, plays – yards 75–366 72–554
Rushes-yards (net) 30–63 37–207
Passing yards (net) 303 347
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 27–45–0 22–35–1
Time of Possession 31:53 28:07

References[edit]

  1. ^ Odds, Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2015
  2. ^ a b c d "2016 Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss Stats". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 2016-01-01.