Fans cheer as Mississippi State completes a comeback from 14-0 to win 17-14 in the 2007 Egg Bowl. MSU fans cheer as State recovers the ball. MSU’s Derek Pegues leaves the Rebels behind as he scores on a fourth quarter punt return in the 2007 Egg Bowl. Pegues tied the game, which MSU won 17-14. Mississippi State players (from left) Anthony Littlejohn, Royce Blackledge, Jason Husband and Brandon Hart parade the Egg Bowl trophy after winning against Ole Miss 17-14 in Starkville in 2007.Sometimes the images replayed through Dominic Douglas’ mind aren’t good enough. This time of year, as millions around the country concentrate on turkey, dressing and pecan pie, the 2007 Egg Bowl instead consumes the former Mississippi State linebacker’s thoughts.Douglas shared his favorite memory when he posted a YouTube clip on Facebook on Monday. It showed Douglas breaking through Ole Miss’ offensive line and hitting running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis behind the line of scrimmage on fourth-and-1.“I think about it a lot, especially every year during that Sunday when what I call ‘Hate Week’ starts,” Douglas said. “I know exactly what to type in to YouTube just to watch.”It was no ordinary fourth-down stop. Ole Miss led 14-0 with about 10 minutes remaining when the tackle happened on the Rebels’ 49-yard line. Mississippi State came back to win the Egg Bowl 17-14, and the next day Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron was fired. Maybe Orgeron would have been fired win or lose, but the risky decision to go for it — and everything that happened next — is now known by many as The Comeback.Eight years later, The Clarion-Ledger is looking back at the historic game through the eyes of those who played or coached in and covered the game on Nov. 23, 2007. The No. 23 Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3 SEC) play host to No. 19 Ole Miss (8-3, 5-2 SEC) on Saturday (6:15 p.m., ESPN2) in the 112th edition of the Egg Bowl.“I think about it all the time,” former MSU defensive back Jasper O’Quinn said. “I can still remember the weather. The smell. The feel of it. I just knew it was going to be a special day.”Green-Ellis scored on the opening drive of the game to give Ole Miss (which was 3-8 at the time and an underdog to 7-5 Mississippi State) a 7-0 lead. The Rebels doubled their lead on their first drive of the second half, and carried the two-touchdown advantage into the fourth quarter with 12:17 remaining and the ball on their own 40. Ole Miss gained 9 yards on the first three plays. Its offense stayed on the field for fourth down.Douglas said: “It was most definitely a disrespect thing because they’re leading 14-0. Anybody would think, they’re going to punt the ball. I mean, that’s just football knowledge.”O’Quinn: “We told each other, it’s fourth-and-1, they can’t get this. If we stop them right here, we’ll get the ball in our territory and it’s a good chance for us to score.”Ole Miss Spirit publisher Chuck Rounsaville: “I said, ‘If they don’t make this, they’re going to lose this game.”MSU defensive lineman Titus Brown: “A lot of people don’t realize that, that was the second string defensive line that was in.”Douglas: “We only had two linebackers in the game, me and Jamar Chaney. I think it was a two wideout set. They spread me out kind of wide, so I was on the edge of a D-end.”Brown: “Cortez McCraney got off the ball. He knocked the center back, (Green-Ellis) had to stutter a little bit.”Douglas hit Green-Ellis low. The hit staggered the 5-foot-11, 225-pound running back and pushed him back, but didn’t bring him down.Defensive back Keith Fitzhugh finished the play, tackling the back for a 3-yard loss.“You had to make the play. You shoot the gap and you go. You just had to make it,” Fitzhugh said. “That’s what pretty much crossed my mind.”“People that were leaving the stadium were coming back into the stadium,” Rounsaville said. “I cannot tell you — you could feel the momentum (switch sides). When they failed on that fourth-and-1, you just almost feel the air going out of that (Ole Miss) sideline. There were assistant coaches that just literally had their heads hung and were muttering to themselves — I walked behind the bench — ‘We just lost our jobs.’”Ole Miss running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was tackled on fourth-and-one from his own 49 yard line in the 2007 Egg Bowl, setting off a Mississippi State comeback.Ole Miss still led 14-0, but not for long.Mississippi State’s offense took over at the Ole Miss 46-yard line. In 11 previous drives, only one went for more than 20 yards against a defense which had given up 28.5 points and 423.4 yards per game.The Bulldogs used the defensive stop to drive 46 yards on six plays to cut Ole Miss’ lead to seven.Mississippi State drove 41 yards on its next possession, which ended with an interception. MSU’s defense held strong again, limiting Ole Miss to 4 yards on three plays off of the turnover.Ole Miss was forced to punt to Derek Pegues.Mississippi State planned to return the ball up the middle by funneling everybody toward the sideline. The Rebels had been kicking away from Pegues, a defensive back, all day, but one of those “only-in-the-Egg Bowl” things happened.“By the grace of God, the wind caught the ball,” O’Quinn said. “It pushed it right back to the middle of the field. He caught it on a bounce. After that, when you have a punt that’s supposed to go to the sideline, you have everybody kind of drifted to the sideline.“As soon as I saw him make the first guy miss, I knew it was over. Nobody could catch him. Nobody on the field was going to be able to catch him.”Pegues returned the punt 75 yards to tie the score at 14-14 with 2:38 remaining.“Man, that was the loudest I’ve ever heard Davis Wade Stadium,” defensive lineman Jessie Bowman said.Mississippi State defensive back Derek Pegues tied the 2007 Egg Bowl by running back a punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.While the game happened eight years ago, it’s still a punt return former Ole Miss defensive end Kentrell Lockett hears about today. His wife and Pegues are cousins.“He didn’t let us live down that moment,” Lockett said. “Forty-five-nothing (the score of the Egg Bowl the next year, which the Rebels won), you hang up a goose egg like that, that’s something to talk about. It doesn’t even matter. It still was, ‘Last year, we did this, we did that.’”Ole Miss’ next offensive possession lost a yard — from the fourth down call on, the Rebels gained 3 yards on nine plays against the Bulldogs. MSU, which gained 84 yards in their final two possessions, reached the Rebels’ 31-yard line with 12 seconds remaining, setting up a career-long 48-yard attempt for kicker Adam Carlson. He suffered a bloodied big toe on his kicking foot after a teammate landed on it.“I went up to Adam. I said, ‘Man, you’ve got it. You’re going to make it,’” O’Quinn said.“It was one of those times, our kicker had some struggles in the past moments with the game in his hands,” Brown said. “But I had a good feeling that we were going to win that game.”The kick split the uprights, giving Carlson retribution for missing a potential game-tying field goal in the final moments of the 2006 Egg Bowl.“We felt like we could conquer the world,” Brown said.Former Rebels wide receiver Shay Hodge said: “Offensively, I didn’t think they could score 14 points in a quarter. I watched them all season. I didn’t see any explosiveness from their offense other than their tailback (Boobie Dixon), but somehow they got it done.”Mississippi State kicker Adam Carlson won the 2007 Egg Bowl with a last-second field goal, completing a Bulldogs comeback from down 14-0 to win 17-14.The Bulldogs needed three scores in their final four possessions to earn the win, an unlikely outburst that gives them an active five-game winning streak in the series in Starkville.“I remember the punt return, the field goal, of course, just thinking, ‘Man, what happened?’” said Hugh Freeze, who is Ole Miss’ head coach now but was a tight ends coach for Orgeron in 2007. “We had total control, it seemed like, and when it switched, it switched.“Some strange things happen over the years in that game. They happen in the Egg Bowl.”Lockett learned the next morning while eating breakfast and watching ESPN’s College GameDay at his grandmother’s house that Orgeron had been fired. Players thought he’d get one more year if the Rebels had won.The 14-point comeback, tied for the largest fourth-quarter comeback in a win in program history, allowed the Bulldogs to reach their first bowl game in seven years.They haven’t forgotten about the game.“Going into a week like that, it means everything,” Douglas said. “You’ve got bragging rights for the whole year. You want that Golden Egg at home. That’s what you pride yourself on. That’s what you pride your whole season on.”Contact Michael Bonner at [email protected] Follow @mikebbonner on Twitter. Contact Daniel Paulling at [email protected] Follow @DanielPaulling on Twitter. Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom and tight end Jason Husband celebrate State’s win with the Egg Bowl Trophy in 2007. Mississippi State Coach Sylvester Croom and TE Jason Husband celebrate State’s win with the Egg Bowl Trophy in 2007. MSU’s Anthony Dixon dives for the end zone as he scores the first touchdown against Ole Miss in the fourth quarter of the 2007 Egg Bowl.