Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Bo Wallace threw two touchdowns passes and ran
in another score as 25th-ranked Ole Miss defeated Texas, 44-23, on Saturday.
Wallace went 17-for-25 with 177 yards and added 12 carries for 57 yards for
the Rebels (3-0), who saw Jeff Scott run for 164 yards and a touchdown on 19
carries and added a punt return for a touchdown.
Case McCoy was 24-for-36 for 196 yards and a touchdown, while Jonathan Gray
ran for 91 yards and a score on 19 carries for the Longhorns (1-2), who have
lost their past two games after opening the season with a win over New Mexico
Trailing by six points, the Rebels took the lead on their first drive of the
third quarter as the team moved 80 yards over 12 plays, with Wallace taking
the ball in from 15 yards out for a 24-23 lead.
A three-and-out from Texas saw Ole Miss get the ball back, and Wallace was
able to give his team a 31-23 advantage after finding Evan Engram on a 17-yard
score with 1:45 to play in the third.
Texas was again forced to quickly punt, and Scott returned it 73 yards for a
score. The extra point was blocked and it was a 37-23 game heading into the
McCoy fumbled the ball on a rush in the fourth quarter and Ole Miss turned it
into seven points as Jaylen Walton took the ball in from eight yards out for a
44-23 lead with 8:42 to play.
Texas failed to convert a pair of fourth down attempts on its next two
possessions as Ole Miss walked away with the victory.
Ole Miss started the game with the ball and over eight plays covered 75 yards,
with Scott's 5-yard run giving the team a 7-0 lead 2 1/2 minutes in.
On their next possession, the Rebels got into the end zone again as Wallace
and Donte Moncrief got together for an 18-yard score and a 14-0 lead with 8:26
to play in the first.
Texas answered on its ensuing touch with a 9-play, 78-yard drive that saw
McCoy find Mike Davis for a 13-yard score to make it a 14-7 game with 3:50
left in the first quarter.
The Longhorns got a 28-yard field goal from Anthony Fera less than two minutes
into the second quarter, and were able to stop Ole Miss on a 4th-and-4 at
their 31 to get the ball back.
Gray capped the 7-play, 69-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run to give
Texas a 17-14 lead with 8:27 to play.
Wallace lost a fumble on Ole Miss' next touch, and a 30-yard field goal from
Fera extended Texas' lead to 20-14.
Following a three-and-out from the Rebels, the Longhorns got another field
goal from Fera, this one from 47 yards out, with 39 seconds remaining.
That was enough time for Ole Miss, though, to get into scoring position as
Andrew Ritter hit a 52-yarder on the final play to make it a 23-17 game at the
Ole Miss had 449 yards of offense while Texas totaled 320 yards ... Texas had
won the three previous meetings, including a 66-31 win last season, and still
leads the series, 6-2 ... Texas hosts Kansas State next week ... Ole Miss has
off next week and will play at Alabama on Sept. 28.
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