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TEXAS TOO MUCH

The Texas Longhorns scored at will Saturday night en route to a 66-31 whipping of Ole Miss.

Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief stretches the ball out for an apparent touchdown in the second quarter Saturday night versus Texas. Replay officials ruled that Moncrief had stepped out of bounds earlier on the play. Photos by Stan Beall, Rebels247

Texas ran over, around and through an Ole Miss defense that yielded 676 yards to the Longhorns. Texas averaged 8.7 yards every time it ran an offensive play, rushing for 350 yards and throwing for another 326.

With 66 points being a loud enough exclamation point, the Longhorns mercifully kneeled the ball on the goal line with inside a minute remaining in the game.

“Obviously, we’re very disappointed that we weren’t able to keep the game close and keep our fans there,” said Hugh Freeze, who suffered his first loss as the head coach at Ole Miss. “I thought that would be an advantage we would have late in the game if we could get in and the place would’ve been electric.”

The game was a hard sellout and was played in front of 61,797 fans, the fourth largest crowd to ever watch a football game in Oxford. It was the largest crowd to ever watch the Rebels play a non-conference opponent in Oxford.

While Ole Miss managed some offensive success against the Longhorns, the Rebels also found ways to shoot themselves in the foot. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace was sacked five times and the Texas pressure aided in Wallace throwing three interceptions.

“We gave them some quick scores early because we didn’t take care of the ball and did not play well defensively,” Freeze said. “ I’m not taking anything away from Texas because they’re a wonderful football team, very physical, very deep, with tremendous speed.

“We didn’t play our best game. Whether or not it would have been good enough to be with them in the fourth quarter…I don’t know, but I sure would’ve liked for us to play a little better and take care of the football. We’ve got to go to work and get better.”

Texas led 10-0 after one quarter.

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze watches his defense in action Saturday night.

Ole Miss, however, responded with a 12-play, 89-yard drive culminating in a 3-yard touchdown run from Randall Mackey to cut the score to 10-7 with 14 minutes and 54 seconds remaining in the second quarter, and it looked as if the Rebels had climbed back in it.

A little over a minute melted off the clock before the Longhorns were back in the end zone again on a 69-yard run from Marqui Goodwin, pulling out to a 17-7 lead.

Ole Miss would answer with what looked to be a touchdown pass from Wallace to Donte Moncrief on the very next possession, but instant replay ruled Moncrief had stepped out near the 23-yard line. Instead, Ole Miss later settled for a 39-yard field goal from Bryson Rose to cut the score to 17-10 with eight minutes and 50 seconds remaining in the half.

Texas then scored 14 unanswered to close the half out with a 31-10 lead.

The Longhorns put things out of reach early in the third quarter when D.J. Monroe scored on a 10-yard run to extend the Texas advantage to 38-10.

The Texas offense dominated the Ole Miss defense in all phases. The Longhorns punted just once in the entire game, that coming on their opening possession.

Longhorns quarterback David Ash completed 19-of-23 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns. He wasn’t sacked and was rarely touched as the Texas offensive line proved invincible against the Ole Miss defensive front.

“The game was won up front, and our offense dominated this game,” Ash said. “That was the reason we were able to be successful. That’s why we’ve been playing really well.”

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace is gobbled up by the Texas defense.

While the Ole Miss defensive performance was miserable, the Rebel offense managed to produce points against one of the best defenses it will face the entire season. Ole Miss accumulated 399 yards of total offense, averaging 6.7 yards per play against the Longhorns.

Wallace completed 13-of-24 passes for 178 yards and one TD. He gained 43 yards rushing, but the five sacks left him a net of only eight yards on the ground.

Jeff Scott carried the ball eight times for 95 yards and touchdown. Scott’s score, a tackle-breaking run from 48 yards out, cut the Texas lead to 45-24 in the third quarter.

Statistically, sophomore wide receiver Donte Moncrief had a monster night for the Rebels. Moncrief, who is emerging as one of the top receivers in the college game, caught seven passes for 144 yards and touchdown. The TD was a 75-yard toss from Wallace.

“Like I said, we played well,” said Texas coach Mack Brown. “Our defense was in the right position. Donte Moncrief is just a good player and we knew that coming in. Moncrief, Wallace and Scott are all great athletes.

“I was a little surprised by the tempo. I knew our offense was quick, but make no mistake, Ole Miss’offense was quick as well. They moved the ball up and down the field well. I was proud to see our guys not back down.”

Texas led 52-24 at the end of three quarters.

True freshman Jaylen Walton provided the only points of the fourth quarter for the Rebels when he returned a kickoff 100 yards at the 14:05 mark. Three games into his college career, Walton has scored a touchdown in every game…one rushing, one receiving and now one via kick return.

Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott breaks loose on a 48-yard touchdown run.

Texas, ranked 12th in the nation, improved to 3-0. Ole Miss dropped to 2-1.

The Rebels will travel to New Orleans to face Tulane next Saturday.

“We have to just come back to work tomorrow, learn from it and move forward,” said Ole Miss safety Charles Sawyer.

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