Freshman Laquon Treadwell had a team-high eight catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns against Texas A&M.
Oct. 12, 2013
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OXFORD, Miss. – In an unfortunate case of déjà vu, Ole Miss lost a fourth quarter lead to visiting Texas A&M for the second consecutive season, and the No. 9 Aggies hit a 33-yard field goal as time expired to escape with a 41-38 victory over the Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday night.
“Obviously we are very disappointed for our kids,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said. “They fought their guts out and played their hearts out against a very good football team, and had their chances to win. It really boils down to we had a chance to make some plays and didn’t and they did. There were a lot of things that could have happened but didn’t. … Again, I am very proud of our kids. It’s disappointing, and we have to get one of these to go our way.”
With 60,950 fans in attendance, Ole Miss junior quarterback Bo Wallace passed for 301 yards, freshman wide receiver Laquon Treadwell had eight catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns and the Rebel defense created two turnovers.
Ole Miss (3-3, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) led 38-31 with 6:05 remaining in the fourth quarter, but a 75-yard touchdown drive by Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1 SEC) tied the score at 38, and a 56-yard drive just over three minutes later was capped off by a 33-yard field goal by the Aggies to win 41-38 as the clock hit zero.
This was the third straight game between these two programs that has been decided by three points, and the second straight year in which Texas A&M won in Oxford after trailing in the fourth quarter.
After a Texas A&M touchdown on its opening drive, the Rebels tied the game on their second drive of the game with a 70-yard touchdown pass from Wallace to junior wide receiver Vince Sanders. The 70-yard reception was the longest of Sanders’ career.
Coming out of the locker rooms at halftime with a 14-10 advantage, the Aggies stretched their lead to 21-10 on their opening possession of the second half thanks to a five-yard run up the middle by sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner finished the game 31-39 through the air for 346 yards, and 113 more yards on the ground, including two touchdowns.
Ole Miss responded on the very next drive, going 75 yards on 14 plays that was highlighted by a 17-yard touchdown reception by Treadwell from senior quarterback Barry Brunetti. The touchdown reception was the first of Treadwell’s young career.
After the Aggies took a seven-point lead on a 37-yard field goal to open the fourth quarter, Ole Miss tied the game with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Brunetti to freshman tight end Evan Engram. Brunetti's two touchdown passes Saturday night were a career high, and marked the second and third touchdown passes of his career.
Ole Miss took its first lead of the game just 1:34 later. Sophomore safety Trae Elston recovered a Texas A&M fumble forced by junior linebacker Serderius Bryant at the Aggies’ 41-yard line, and Ole Miss scored three plays later on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Wallace to Treadwell.
Following a Texas A&M touchdown that tied the game, Ole Miss went back to work with its offense in a groove. Standing at his own 49-yard line, Wallace found sophomore running back Jaylen Walton in the flat and Walton did the rest, sprinting 51 yards down the right sideline and into the endzone to give Ole Miss a 38-31 lead.
Texas A&M tied the game at 38 with 3:07 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 6-yard sprint by Manziel to the left pylon, and then won the game with a 33-yard field goal as time expired.
Texas A&M’s 14 first-half points tied its lowest output in the opening half this season. The Rebels’ defense posted seven tackles for loss, its second-highest total of the season. Bryant led all tacklers with 12, including one tackle for loss and the forced fumble in the fourth quarter. Fellow junior linebacker Keith Lewis picked off Manziel in the Rebels’ endzone for his first interception of his career.
Ole Miss will now face No. 10 LSU on Saturday, Oct. 19 in another home game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2.