Scott, No. 25 Ole Miss Roll Over Texas 44-23

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Sept. 14, 2013

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Senior running back Jeff Scott ran for a career-high 164 yards and had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown here Saturday night as Ole Miss scored 30 unanswered points to run past Texas 44-23 in front of the third largest crowd (101, 474) at DKR Stadium. With the win, the Rebels improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1989.

"I'm just really proud of that group of guys in the locker room, players and coaches and managers and our administration," head coach Hugh Freeze said. "To represent our university on a stage like this is a blessing to us. We just feel great to come into this kind of arena as a young program with young kids and fight for 60 minutes and see what the scoreboard says. It's what our kids did tonight."

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 straight points.

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. SEMO) 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 3rd-down attempts and 1-of-3 4th-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 3.0 TFLs as the Landshark defense produced a season-high nine tackles for loss against the Longhorns.

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.

The Rebels have a bye week before heading to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Sept. 28 to face the No. 1 Crimson Tide.

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