No. 14 Texas 66, Mississippi 31
Texas started its night by running over Mississippi’s
When that got boring, the Longhorns ran around it.
Finally, they let quarterback David Ash get in on the fun,
lobbing long touchdowns as No. 14 Texas clobbered Mississippi 66-31
on Saturday night.
By the end of the evening, the statistics were impressive. Ash
threw for a career-high 326 yards and four touchdowns, receiver
Marquise Goodwin accounted for 182 yards and two touchdowns and the
Longhorns gained 676 yards.
It was the most points Ole Miss has given up in a game since
”It’s not always that easy,” Ash said. ”But when you’re
playing physical and tough football, it’s amazing what you can
Ash connected on touchdown passes of 46 and 55 yards while
completing 19 of 23 passes in a nearly flawless performance. Mike
Davis caught five passes for 124 yards and a touchdown.
”I was really excited about the number of explosive plays we
had tonight,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. ”After Marquise’s big
play, our offense really played well and played with a lot of
confidence the rest of the way.”
Texas (3-0) led 31-10 by halftime and 52-24 by the end of the
third quarter. The Longhorns could have scored more than 70 points,
but took a knee on their final two offensive plays rather than try
to punch in one last touchdown.
It was the only mercy shown toward the Ole Miss defense all
”Defensively we were bad,” first-year Ole Miss coach Hugh
Freeze said. ”We’ve got to go find out exactly why.”
Ole Miss (2-1) simply couldn’t match the Longhorns’ prolific
offense. Texas scored on seven straight possessions at one point,
including touchdowns on six of those drives.
Bo Wallace threw for 178 yards, one touchdown and three
interceptions for the Rebels. Donte Moncrief caught seven passes
for 144 yards and a touchdown.
It was obvious from the beginning that Texas was the bigger and
faster team. The Longhorns used their twin battering rams – running
backs Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown – to pound away at the Ole
Miss defensive line early in the game.
And when the Rebels finally made some progress stopping the
smash-mouth approach, Texas responded with a pair of big plays from
Goodwin. He rushed for a 69-yard touchdown on a sweep to give Texas
a 17-7 lead and then made a 47-yard catch on the next drive that
set up another touchdown and pushed the Longhorns ahead 24-10.
”We finally took advantage of opportunities that have been
there for two games,” Ash said.
Ole Miss managed to keep things close for a little while, thanks
to an 89-yard drive in the first quarter that ended with Randall
Mackey’s 3-yard touchdown run.
But the Rebels rarely gave Wallace much time to throw, and that
contributed to his three interceptions and generally inconsistent
Texas didn’t waste any time putting the game away in the second
half, scoring on a 10-yard run by D.J. Monroe and a 5-yard run by
By the end of the third quarter, the Longhorns had an
insurmountable lead and the 61,797 in attendance started streaming
for the exits. It was the fourth-largest crowd in Vaught-Hemingway
Those that stuck around watched Ole Miss freshman Jaylen Walton
return a kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown. It was a good moment on
an otherwise dismal night for the Rebels.
Freeze said his team showed some fight even during the hopeless
final minutes, but was clearly outclassed.
”They definitely played better than we did,” Freeze said.
”(Texas is) a good team – big, physical and fast.”
Ole Miss had some confidence coming into the game after winning
two straight against UTEP and Central Arkansas. And the Rebels had
some success against the Texas defense, gaining 399 total yards,
including 229 passing and 170 rushing.
Brown agreed that the Longhorns’ defense wasn’t perfect, but he
wasn’t going to get greedy.
”After every game you have concerns,” Brown said. ”But when
you win 66-31 you have to be pleased.”
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