Lane Kiffin Nov 24, 2022; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Ole Miss Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin reacts while a play is revewed during the fourth quarter of the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

The Ole Miss Rebels defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Egg Bowl rivalry showdown on Thursday night, and it sounds like Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin is enjoying this year’s win a little more than usual after losing the rivalry showdown last season.

Following the 17-7 win over Mississippi State on Thanksgiving night, Lane Kiffin made it clear that losing last year’s game to the Bulldogs caused him to have a new appreciation for winning the rivalry this year.

“It’s just really cool,” Kiffin told ESPN’s Cole Cubelic, according to On3. “It’s one of those things that you appreciate it more once you’ve lost it. To have it back for our players, for our fans… I just want to thank God for the opportunity to coach these guys because it’s just really cool. Half these guys are brand new and just came in here, and to win 10 games awesome.”

It’s certainly been a successful season for Ole Miss as the team found itself ranked No. 12 in the College Football Playoff rankings last week – a ranking which could even climb after this weekend’s college football action. And the Rebels got to top it off with a big rivalry win.