"We showed we can play with anybody," said Lane, with many connections to LSU football through family and his own personal experiences growing up. "We just have to find the pieces that will allow us to get over that hump and finish people. We didn't finish at LSU, and we let them back in the game. Against good football teams, you can't do that."
Magic formula? Not according to Lane. Just keep working and keep playing hard.
"You just have to find a way," said Lane of Monroe, La. "There's no magic, direct answer to that. You look back, if we'd just made this block, or if we'd just picked up a fumble and run it in for a touchdown, or if we'd gotten a roughing the kicker instead of a running into the kicker. There are a lot of ways to look at it, and we have to find a way to finish people."
This Saturday the Rebels get another chance to do that, the final chance in 2006. The Battle for the Golden Egg is up next.
"We all want to be winners here. The way to do that is to work hard every week," Lane said. "I think we've done that. I think we've taken steps all year to become a better football team from the beginning of the year. Hopefully we can come out and beat Mississippi State and finish on a good note."
It will help heal some wounds from last season's 35-14 loss at MSU.
"We got embarrassed (at Mississippi State) last year," he said. "We've had no problem getting up this week. We understand it's the in-state rival. We'll treat this like it's a bowl game."
For the third straight postseason-less year for the Rebels, it is their bowl game. Even for a Louisiana guy like Lane, he understands how much this one means.
"We never hear much about the Egg Bowl (in Louisiana). But then I got here and realized how big it is and how much fun it is to be a part of this game. It's very important to Ole Miss and to Mississippi in general."
Playing in Tiger Stadium last week was special for Lane. His ties there run deep.
"It's always fun to play down there in Tiger Stadium in front of friends and family," he said. "My dad played there. My uncle played there. My great-grandfather was recently inducted into the hall of fame there. And you also get to play against a lot of kids you played against in high school. It's just a fun place to play. I wish we could have won the game."
For the Rebels from Mississippi, and those from out of state, it's all about the Battle for the Golden Egg now. Ole Miss wants the historic trophy back.
"(MSU) is a good football team, a well-coached football team. We know that," Lane said. "They're very good on defense. They have a really good defensive line. They played well against Arkansas last weekend. We have to go out and play our game, and hopefully we'll get a win."
Robert Lane wants a win in Egg Bowl
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