In a rare night contest, Mississippi State Dark Horse defeated their rivals, Mississippi Xanadu, 11-8, in the Cowbell Classic Showcase Game Saturday night.
The game had all the pieces for a rivalry: a crowd, lead changes, comebacks, and coaches yelling at the officials.
The game began with Mississippi State scoring the first point after both teams had a pair of turnovers. Mississippi responded by scoring on their next possession and getting a quick break to take the lead, 2-1. State then used some quick strike offense and layout d’s to score three in a row to take the lead back at 4-2.
Ole Miss took a timeout to fix some communication problems, and it appeared to work as they scored on their next possession. However, State scored the next two to take half, 6-3.
After the break, the teams traded points until Ole Miss got a break back to close the gap to one point at 8-7. The rivals would trade two more points to make it 9-8, but Dark Horse would score the next two and finish the game 11-8.
In an early season Gulf South Conference game at Cowbell Classic, the Auburn Tigers fell to Ole Miss Xanadu 10-6 in a soft-capped game.
“Auburn is one of our conference rivals,” said Mississippi captain Zach Branson. “We lost to them last year in [the series]. It was good to get the win today.”
Mississippi took an early 2-0 lead and quietly parlayed that into a 5-2 lead. In a hole, the Auburn Tigers rallied and scored the next three to tie the game at five all. Mississippi took a timeout and after a series of layout d’s and dropped passes that accumulated to fourteen combined turnovers, Xanadu punched in a score to take half, 6-5.
The second half started with Xanadu scoring and then the Tigers answering. However, seven turnovers would hobble Auburn, and Mississippi would score the last three to finish off the time-shortened game.
“It was really windy and we are missing a few of our main throwers,” explained Auburn captain Brad Smith. “Plus, we dropped the disc too many times in the second half and gave [the game] away.”