Ole Miss Edged By Jacksonville State 49-48 In Overtime
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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Ole Miss quarterback Nathan Stanley threw for three touchdown passes, but it wasn't enough as Jacksonville State quarterback Coty Blanchard completed a 2-point conversion pass to Calvin Middleton in double overtime as the Gamecocks pulled off a stunning 49-48 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday.
Blanchard threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Kevyn Cooper on fourth-and-15 to pull within 48-47 in the second overtime. Then, the Gamecocks made the call to go for the win in the season opener for both teams.
Jacksonville State, a Football Championship Subdivision team from the Ohio Valley Conference, trailed 31-10 at halftime but outscored Ole Miss 21-3 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Jeremiah Masoli made his much-anticipated debut for Ole Miss after being cleared by the NCAA on Friday. He completed 7 of 10 passes for 109 yards and one interception.
Ole Miss is 6-6 all-time in overtime games.
It's the first time Jacksonville State has beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision team since Sept. 27, 2001, when the Gamecocks beat Arkansas State.
The Ole Miss offense, which debuted eight new starters, scored on five of six first-half possessions, including four touchdowns. After that, Jacksonville State rolled.
Ole Miss kicker Bryson Rose made a 35-yard field goal to extend the Rebels' lead to 34-26 with 2:55 left in regulation, but Jacksonville State drove the field for a touchdown to pull within 34-32 with 18.9 seconds left. Marques Ivory threw a 2-yard pass to La'Ray Williams for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 34 and send it to overtime.
Middleton rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown. The Gamecocks had no turnovers.
Using a two-quarterback system with Blanchard and Ivory, the duo combined to complete 22 of 36 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns.
Ole Miss' Brandon Bolden rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
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