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Friday, April 18, 2014

Rebels can’t mess with Texas

BLOG: Not only is everything supposedly bigger in Texas, but, as the past week has proven, even the hype associated with playing the Texas Longhorns is bigger.

After starting the year 2-0, Ole Miss will finally get to play arguably its biggest home non-conference game in years tonight.

Kickoff for the ESPN-broadcast game is set for 8:15 p.m.

In Friday’s print edition of the EAGLE we included our third 20-page Game Day Preview insert magazine, overflowing with Ole Miss features and information on the Longhorns. Within those 20 pages you’ll find articles on: Cover athlete Charles Sawyer and his opinion on where the Rebels’ secondary is at, Texas coach Mack Brown sees a lot of Texas in Ole Miss, Ole Miss’ lone win over Texas in the 1958 Sugar Bowl, WR coach Grant Heard on where his receivers are after two games, Jim Broadway‘s pleasant surprise, OL A.J. Hawkins discussing the Rebels’ need for speed, getting to know Texas on and a recruiting file on 6-foot-5 Ole Miss commit Dannon Cavil‘s hope to become the next “Megatron.”

Friday’s print edition was also home to a column “Bo knows how to deal with new-found fame.”

PREGAME NOTES: This is the seventh meeting between Texas and Ole Miss and the first in Oxford. Texas leads the all-time series 5-1 with the Rebels lone win coming in the 1958 Sugar Bowl… Texas is Ole Miss’ first ranked opponent of the season. The Rebels are 58-137-2 all-time against ranked opponents… Ole Miss received votes in a national poll (The USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll) for the first time since the 2010 preseason… Ole Miss is 2-0 for the first time since the 2009 season… Texas is ranked 14th by the Associated Press and 12th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll…Texas is now in its 15th season with Mack Brown as its head coach, making him just the fourth coach in 120 years…With a 143-39 record at Texas, Brown has led Texas to the nation’s third-most victories over that span… Thirteen of 26 true freshmen have seen action for Texas already… Twenty-seven Rebels have made their debuts this season… Ole Miss opened the season with wins over Central Arkansas (49-27) and UTEP (28-10)… Texas is 2-0 after wins over Wyoming (37-17) and New Mexico (45-0).

BY THE NUMBERS: Ole Miss’ offense eclipsed 500 total yards in back-to-back games for the first time since doing so against UAB and Arkansas in 2009… Ole Miss leads the SEC in total offense (551.5), rushing (282.5), field goals (28.0) third-down conversion percentage (56.5)… Ole Miss’ defense leads all SEC teams with 20 tackles for loss and nine sacks… Texas is averaging 202.6 rushing yards per game and 189.9 passing yards per game with a total offense of 392.5 yards per game… Texas’ rushing defense is tops in the Big 12, allowing just 96.2 yards per game… Texas is also tops in the big 12 in passing efficiency defense, allowing just 111.0 passing yards per contest…

BEVO UP CLOSE: Meet Texas’ mascot, Bevo.

AROUND THE LEAGUE (as of 6:41 p.m. CT):
Texas at Ole Miss, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Auburn 31, UL-Monroe 28 (OT)
Vanderbilt 58, Presbyterian 0
Alabama 52, Arkansas 0
Texas A&M 48, SMU 3
Florida Atlantic at Georgia, 6:30 p.m. (CSS)
Florida at Tennessee (5 p.m.)
Mississippi State at Troy, 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Arizona State at Missouri, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Western Kentucky at Kentucky, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
UAB at South Carolina, 6 p.m. (FSN)
Idaho at LSU, 7 p.m. (TigerVision PPV)

PROJECTED STARTERS:
OLE MISS:
WR (X) Donte Moncrief
LT Emmanuel McCray
LG Aaron Morris
C Evan Swindall
RG A.J. Hawkins
RT Pierce Burton
TE Ferbia Allen
WR (Z) Ja-Mes Logan
WR (H) Korvic Neat
QB Bo Wallace
RB Randall Mackey OR Jeff Scott
DE C.J. Johnson
DT Uriah Grant
NT Gilbert Pena
DE Cameron Whigham
MIKE Mike Marry
STINGER Denzel Nkemdiche
HUSKIE Dehendret Collins
FCB Wesley Pendleton
ROVER Charles Sawyer
FS Cody Prewitt
BCB Senquez Golson
PK Bryson Rose
P Jim Broadway
KO Nathan Noble
HOLDER Chris Conley
LS Will Denny
KR Jaylen Walton OR Senquez Golson
PR Korvic Neat

 ——— SCORING SUMMARY ———

 TEXAS 7, Ole Miss 0 (9:41/Q1): Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace had his second interception of the season returned 22 yards for a touchdown by Texas linebacker Steve Edmond.

 TEXAS 10, Ole Miss 0 (3:07/Q1): After a steady diet of runs from Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron got Texas deep into Ole Miss’ territory, Longhorn kicker Nick Jordan extended the visitors’ lead with a 31-yard field goal.

Texas 10, OLE MISS 7 (14:54/Q2): Ole Miss responded with an 89-yard drive, capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Randall Mackey. The converted quarterback took the delayed handoff from Wallace and went untouched around the right side of the line and into the end zone.

TEXAS 17, Ole Miss 7 (13:34/Q2): Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin extended the Longhorns’ lead three plays later on a speed sweep around the left side of the line. Goodwin picked up a blocker on the opposite side and was gone 69 yards for the score.

Texas 17, OLE MISS 10 (8:50/Q2): Bryson Rose cut into Texas’ lead by knocking a 39-yard field goal through the uprights.

TEXAS 24, Ole Miss 10 (6:34/Q2): Texas marched 81 yards down the field in six plays and scored on a 3-yard pass and catch from David Ash to tight end D.J. Grant.

TEXAS 31, Ole Miss 10 (:12.6/Q2): Texas scored on its fourth consecutive possession, capping a 60-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Ash to Ryan Roberson.

TEXAS 38, Ole Miss 10 (11:40/Q3): D.J. Monroe scored from 10 yards out on Texas’ first possession of the second half.

Texas 38, OLE MISS 17 (10:31/Q3): Donte Moncrief made up for stepping out of bounds on a 59-yard touchdown grab earlier in the game by catching a deep pass from Wallace, making a quick move and going 75 yards for a score.

TEXAS 45, Ole Miss 17 (6:51/Q3): Brown capped an 82-yard drive by scoring from five yards out to extend Texas’ lead to 45-17.

Texas 45, Ole Miss 24 (4:41/Q3): Jeff Scott looked like he was fenced in in the back field, but broke free down the Ole Miss sideline for a 48-yard touchdown run, knocking over the pylon as he dove into the end zone.

TEXAS 52, Ole Miss 24 (2:30/Q3): Ash connected with receiver Mike Davis for a 46-yard touchdown.

TEXAS 59, Ole Miss 24 (14:23/Q4): Brown scored from 12 yards out to extend the Longhorn’s lead to 59-24.

Texas 59, OLE MISS 31 (14:05/Q4): Ole Miss freshman Jaylen Walton made perhaps the play of the night from a Rebels perspective, dancing his way 100 yards down the Texas sideline for a touchdown.

TEXAS 66, Ole Miss 31 (11:27/Q4): Ash connected with Goodwin for 55-yard touchdown down the Longhorn sideline.

FINAL: Texas 66, Ole Miss 31

BY THE NUMBERS: Ole Miss (2-1 overall) was kept to a season-low 399 yards of total offense, while the Longhorns’ (3-0)  676 yards of total offense is tied for second on the school’s single-game list… Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace completed 13 of 24 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown while also throwing a season-high three interceptions… Texas QB David Ash had a career night, completing 19 of 23 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns… Donte Moncrief had game highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (144) and also scored one touchdown… Jeff Scott led Ole Miss rushing with 95 yards and one touchdown… Malcolm Brown rushed for 128 yards and two scores to lead Texas… Mike Davis led Texas with five receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown… Marquise Goodwin caught two passes for 102 yards and one touchdown and also rushed twice for 80 yards and another touchdown.

PARTING VIEW: Texas coach Mack Brown addresses the media following the Longhorn’s victory.

NEXT UP: Next up for Ole Miss is a trip to Tulane next Saturday. The game is set for an 11 a.m. kickoff and will be televised on FSN. (September 15, 2012)

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