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LIVE Game Blog: Ole Miss vs. Troy

Ole Miss welcomes Troy to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium this morning (11 a.m., ESPNU) for its final non-conference tilt of the season. The Rebels (6-3 overall) are looking to improve their bowl prospects with another win after becoming bowl-eligible with last week’s victory over Arkansas.

Per the scoreboard introductions, sophomore Jaylen Walton will still start at running back, but Jeff Scott is expected to see his first snaps since the Texas A&M game on Oct. 12. Scott has been nursing a deep thigh bruise, but head coach Hugh Freeze said earlier this week he expected the senior to go today.

Ole Miss won the toss and deferred. Troy will start on offense.

FIRST QUARTER

Troy punts on its first possession, and the Rebels march 87 yards on six plays to take the lead. QB Bo Wallace finds freshman WR Laquon Treadwell from 25 yards out on a nifty catch-and-run to make it Ole Miss 7, Troy 0 with 10:09 left in the first quarter.

Troy QB Corey Robinson hits Chandler Worthy for a 64-yard pass down to the Ole Miss 11. Two plays later, RB Brandon Burks scampers into the end zone from 5 yards out to make it Ole Miss 7, Troy 7 with 9:12 left in the frame. Three plays, 75 yards on that quick strike.

Ole Miss overcomes three false start penalties to go 68 yards in 10 plays to regain the lead. Walton capped the drive with a 4-yard run to the outside. The PAT was blocked, though, and Ole Miss leads Troy 13-7 with less than 5 minutes left in the quarter.

The Rebels converts multiple third downs on their next drive, including a 15-yard scramble by Wallace, before Wallace hooks up with Treadwell again for a 23-yard TD pass. It’s now Ole Miss 20, Troy 7. Ole Miss already has 177 passing yards.

SECOND QUARTER

Troy moves inside the red zone before Serderius Bryant hits Robinson and forces a fumble. Issac Gross recovers for the Rebels, who take over at their 29.

The Rebels give it right back five plays later as Walton fumbles at the end of a 30-yard reception at Troy’s 14. The Trojans will take over with 11:39 left in the half.

After passing for 198 yards, Wallace uses his legs to increase the Rebels’ lead, keeping on a read-option for a 29-yard TD run. It’s now Ole Miss 27, Troy 7 with 3:01 left in the second quarter.

CB Mike Hilton intercepts Robinson to thwart a scoring threat at the Rebels’ 5, and Wallace takes a knee to run out the clock. At halftime, it’s Ole Miss 27, Troy 7.

The Rebels had 423 total yards in the first two quarters. Ole Miss could pass all day if it wanted to, but the Rebels are keeping their running game sharp with 146 yards on the ground.

Fun fact: Robinson, who threw for 207 yards in the first half, became just the fourth signal caller in Division I (FBS) history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in four straight seasons. The Trojans’ senior joins Timmy Chang (Hawaii), Landry Jones (Oklahoma) and Kellen Moore (Boise State) in that category.

THIRD QUARTER

Ole Miss goes 69 yards in eight plays to increase its lead with a 19-yard field goal from Andrew Ritter. With 11:47 left in the third quarter, it’s Ole Miss 30, Troy 7.

Backup QB Barry Brunetti pads the Rebels’ lead with a 43-yard TD pass to a streaking Walton down the right sideline. Ole Miss now leads 37-7 with 8:15 left in the quarter. The Rebels already have 572 total yards.

Wallace comes back to continue the rout, connecting with freshman receiver Quincy Adeboyejo for a 24-yard TD pass to put the Rebels up 44-7 with 4:39 remaining in the frame. The play pushed the Rebels’ yardage total to 644, which is a new school record. The previous record was 623 yards against Auburn in 1951.

The quarter comes to a close. Ole Miss leads Troy, 44-7.

FOURTH QUARTER

Robert Ratliff is getting some snaps at quarterback in garbage time, and he throws a pick on a busted screen, giving Troy the ball at Ole Miss’ 17. The Trojans find the end zone four plays later on a 2-yard run from Jordan Chunn. With 9:53 left, it’s Ole Miss 44, Troy 14.

Mark Dodson plunges in from 1 yard out to put Ole Miss up 51-14 with 4:50 remaining. The Rebels have piled up 753 total yards, which is the most for any SEC team in a game this season.

Troy adds a late touchdown, but Ole Miss wins 51-21 to improve to 7-3 overall. The Rebels get No. 9 Missouri at home next week. (November 16, 2013)

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