Ole Miss has exactly four days to prepare for Thanksgiving night's Egg Bowl game in Starkville.
The Rebels (5-6, 2-5 SEC) travel to Mississippi State (8-3, 4-3 SEC) for a 6 p.m. kickoff Thursday night.
"It's tough," said Ole Miss interim head coach Matt Luke, following the Rebels' 31-24 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday. "I just challenged them to get up. We've got up off the mat several times. This is obviously a very. very big game coming up. We've just got to go back to work tomorrow. It's the only way we can get this taste out of our mouth is to go back to work and get ready for the next one."
The Rebels will likely go into the Egg Bowl more short-handed than they were when things kicked off with Texas A&M on Saturday.
Sophomore running back D'Vaughn Pennamon will miss the game with at least a dislocated knee while other test results are pending. Sophomore offensive lineman Alex Givens, who just returned to the lineup from concussion protocol for the A&M game, appears to be dealing with concussion issues again after having to leave the game against the Aggies. Both injuries occurred on the same play.
"What they said going off was a dislocated knee (on Pennamon)," Luke said.
Quarterback Jordan Ta'amu took a vicious lick against the Aggies, as well, but remained in the game.
"After I got hit, I just had to shake it off," Ta'amu said. "It kind of affected me, but I just had to keep playing."
Ta'amu believes the Rebels have another fight left in them to take to Starkville on Thursday.
"I think we're going to be OK," he said. "Everyone on our team is confident, and we're just ready to finish this season off with a win, and everybody play their hearts out. We just ended up coming up short (tonight)."