On Friday afternoon, the Ole Miss athletics department released a statement on the actions that took place after a touchdown by sophomore wide receiver Elijah Moore that could have tied the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State.
Last night, after Matt Corral found Moore in the end zone for the touchdown, Moore was then hit with an unsportsmanlike penalty for hiking his leg up to imitate a dog peeing. The penalty moved the extra point back to a 35-yard attempt that field goal kicker Luke Logan pushed wide right that secured the win for Mississippi State.
In a joint statement from Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke and Athletics Director Keith Carter:
“We want to apologize formally as a program to the Ole Miss family for the disappointing and unacceptable action that occurred at the end of Thursday’s game. Elijah is a fine young man who lost control of his emotions in the moment. This incident does not reflect in any way the type of student-athletes on our football team or the culture of respect that permeates our locker room. Discipline is a staple of our program as evidenced by being the least penalized team in our league, and we will continue to uphold an uncompromising standard of behavior on and off the field. In maintaining our team’s high level of accountability, we will address the matter, and disciplinary action will be handled internally.”
Moore said in a statement:
“I apologize to my teammates, coaches and Rebel Nation for my actions at the end of the game. It was an emotional moment, and I deeply regret it. It does not represent who I am or who we are as a team, and I will grow stronger from this mistake.”