AUSTIN, TX- Senior running back Jeff Scott
ran for a career-high 164 yards and had a 73-yard punt return for a
touchdown Saturday night as Ole Miss beat Texas 44-23.
The Rebels scored 30 unanswered points and improved to 3-0 for the first time
Bo Wallace passed for two touchdowns and ran another for the Rebels,
who led 14-0 midway through the first quarter before Texas scored 23
The Rebels rallied when Andrew Ritter kicked a
52-yard field goal on the last play of the first half and Wallace
directed consecutive touchdown drives in the third quarter. Scott eluded
six tacklers on a weaving, cross-field touchdown return that put the
Rebels ahead 37-23 late in the third.
Scott recorded his ninth 100-yard rushing game, second of the year,
and moved into a tie for ninth on the Rebels' all-time rushing TDs list
with his 17th career rushing score (5-yarder in the first quarter).
Scott also set a career high with 243 all-purpose yards, which is tied
for the 10th-most in a game in school history.
Texas, which gave
up 550 yards rushing a week earlier in a loss to BYU, surrendered 272 on
the ground to Ole Miss. The Rebels eclipsed 250 rushing yards for the
second straight game (272 vs. Southeast Missouri) and have posted 200-plus rushing
yards in all three games.
Case McCoy started at quarterback for Texas (1-2) in place of injured David Ash. McCoy passed for 196 yards and one touchdown.
The Rebel defense shut out the Longhorns in the second half and
allowed UT to convert only 4-of-15 third-down attempts and 1-of-3 fourth-down
tries in the game. Junior linebacker Serderius Bryant led the Rebels
with 11 tackles (six solo), his second straight double-digit
performance. He also had a career-high three tackles for loss as the defense produced a season-high nine tackles for loss against the
Dating back to last season, this was Ole Miss' fifth consecutive
victory. The Rebels' five-game winning streak is their longest since an
eight-game streak between the 2008 and 2009 seasons.