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Tom VanHaarenESPN Staff Writer
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“I apologize to my teammates, coaches and Rebel Nation for my actions at the end of the game,” Moore said in a statement. “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.”
Moore scored a touchdown in Thursday’s game with four seconds left to bring the Rebels within one point of tying the game and sending it to overtime . Moore then crawled on all fours through the end zone, lifting his leg to imitate a dog urinating. That drew a 15 – yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and pushed the extra point attempt back. KickerLuke Loganmissed the 35 – yard attempt wide right and Ole Miss lost , 21 – 20.
Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke and athletics director Keith Carter issued a joint statement about Moore’s celebration, apologizing as a program to the Ole Miss family for the “disappointing and unacceptable action” that occurred during the game.
“Elijah is a fine young man who lost control of his emotions in the moment,” the statement said. “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 uncompromising standard of behavior on and off the field. “
The statement continued to say that the issue will be addressed and disciplinary action will be handled internally.
It was not the first time an Ole Miss player had simulated a dog urinating in the Egg Bowl game. Wide receiver D.K. Metcalf also drew a penalty for the celebration in 2017 after scoring a touchdown. Ole Miss went on to win that game 31 – 28.