Jack Abraham threw for 182 yards and ran for a score for the Golden Eagles (7-5, 5-3).
Auburn survived a final, marathon Crimson Tide drive when Joseph Bulovas' 30-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright with 2:00 left.
The Bulldogs finished the season with a 2-16 SEC record and a 13-17 overall record.
James Bolden scored 23 points and hit six 3-pointers to help Alabama beat Southern Miss 83-68 in Friday night's seventh-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis,
The Owls (2-4) couldn't overcome a five-point halftime deficit, hanging around but proving unable to surpass the Warriors.
The Rebels were held to 25.9 percent shooting from the field, made just 1 of 20 from 3-point range and only went to the foul line 11 times -- missing five.
Moorhead is now 14-11 in his first two years at MSU, matching previous coach Dan Mullen's mark at this same juncture.
Behind a stiff defense and the play of quarterback Marlon Windham, the Tigers beat the Chargers in the MHSAA Class 3A north state championship Friday night.
OXFORD -- Less than 24 hours after their collegiate counterparts did battle one hour and 45 minutes south Thursday, Starkville and Oxford's Little Egg Bowl Part II delivered the dramatics in the MHSAA 6A North-half Championship Friday night.
West Point will face Picayune for the Class 5A title at 7 p.m. Saturday in Hattiesburg looking for a fourth straight state championship.
As rumors swirled that his tenure was in doubt regardless of the outcome of Thursday's Egg Bowl against in-state rival Ole Miss, Moorhead was fiery and direct in his address toward the rumblings.
In a game that is known for the uncommon becoming all too common, the 92nd edition of the Battle for the Golden Egg delivered as a 40-minute slugfest of epic insanity.
Before Ole Miss and Mississippi State even kicked off, social media ran rampant with speculation Moorhead would be fired from MSU, win or lose, and the school would anoint Louisiana's Billy Napier as the new coach later in the weekend. The validity of those rumors seems very much in question.
Gabe Watson had 18 points for the Golden Eagles (2-5), who kept hanging around and trailed by a bucket in the final 3 minutes before halftime.
A third quarter in which Mississippi State (7-0) allowed just three points was instrumental to the win over the Dons.
STARKVILLE -- For the 10th straight year, Mississippi State is going bowling.
The Volunteers replaced the Patriots in the No. 5 spot in Class 4A.
Friday's contest pits the No. 1 Yellow Jackets against rival Oxford (12-1) for a trip to the MHSAA Class 6A championship game.
As both teams battle through middling seasons, the Thanksgiving Day contest has taken on a renewed importance this season.
The Ole Miss women's basketball team withstood adversity and a defiant last-quarter charge by Sam Houston State, holding on to defeat the Bearkats, 75-69, in a wild game at The Pavilion on Tuesday night.
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