AUSTIN, Texas. — What a difference a year makes. After suffering an embarrassing 35-point loss at the hands of the Texas Longhorns last year at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the No. 25 Ole Miss Rebels returned the favor to the Longhorns Saturday night.
Ole Miss overcame a 23-14 halftime deficit to post a 44-23 win over the Longhorns at Texas Memorial Stadium. The Rebels, off to their best start since 1989, didn’t panic after being up 14-0 and falling behind. They made a few halftime adjustments and then let their speed overcome the Longhorns (1-2).
Senior running back Jeff Scott rushed for a career-high 164 yards and returned a second-half punt 73 yards for a touchdown for the Rebels, who outscored the Longhorns 30-0 the final 30 minutes.
Ole Miss coach Bo Wallace had another strong night from a decision making standpoint. He didn’t throw an interception, while the offense only committed one turnover, Wallace’s fumble in the first half. The junior signal caller finished the game 17-for-25 for 177 yards and two passing touchdowns, one going to Evan Engram and the other to Donte Moncrief. Wallace also added a 15-yard run for a touchdown in the decisive second half.
Ole Miss’ offense wasn’t the only phase that shined. The defense held the Longhorns to just 320 total yards, and only 100 in the second half, while place-kicker Andrew Ritter made a career-long 52-yard field goal just before the first half came to a close.
The Rebels finished the game with 449 yards, the third game this year that they have eclipsed the 400-yard mark. Saturday’s win was also the first over the Longhorns since the Rebels defeated them in the 1958 Sugar Bowl.
Here is a portion of Hugh Freeze’s postgame press conference.
Here are some short clips of the Ole Miss players celebrating with the fans following the win.
(September 15, 2013)