FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Ole Miss - Texas A&M 1980

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Ken Toler caught two touchdown passes against the Aggies.
Ken Toler caught two touchdown passes against the Aggies.

Oct. 11, 2013

FRIDAY FLASHBACK rewinds to some of the memorable Ole Miss games from this week's all-time series. This week features the the 1980 Texas A&M game in which the Aggies edged the Rebels 23-20 despite two touchdown connections between John Fourcade and Ken Toler.

Texas A&M runs through Rebel defense

By Jerry Potter, The Clarion-Ledger

September 7, 1980 

JACKSON, Miss. - John Fourcade was himself and then someone else Saturday night and Mike Mosley was Mike Mosley.

That, to a large extent, was the difference as Texas A&M edged Ole Miss 23-20 before 47,482 fans at Mississippi Memorial Stadium.

Fourcade, the flashy quarterback for the Ole Miss Rebels, was good at times and bad at times, while Mosley, A&M’s speedy quarterback, was mostly fast and consistent.

He rushed 16 times for 116 yards and completed 11 of 19 passes for 128 yards. But he set the stage and made the play each time the Aggies needed one.

Like from the start, when he sprinted 43 yards on the option for a touchdown on A&M’s first possession of the game.

It gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead with less than four minutes gone in the game.  Then, after Fourcade brought the Rebels back within 2 points in the third quarter, Mosley added another touchdown run, this one of 40 yards.

In both cases, the speedy senior just seemed to outrun the Ole Miss defense. On the first one, he split the seam and sprinted to the sideline. An Ole Miss player grabbed him by the jersey, but he shook that man and went in for the score.

On the second, it was just an option and he got outside and beat everyone to the endzone.

Despite Mosley’s big plays, the Aggies had to count on their defense to salvage their season-opening victory.

After Fourcade answered Mosley’s last scoring run with a 49-yard touchdown pass to Ken Toler, making it 23-20, Ole Miss got one more chance with 9:54 left in the game.

A&M’s Mike Marshall fumbled and Ole Miss’s Phillip Wylie recovered on the A&M 33. Fourcade tried a running play that gained nothing. On second down, he went back to pass and end Keith Baldwin rushed in for a sack. Fourcade’s third down pass was batted down, and from that point, the Aggies conserved the victory with defense.

When it was over, the Aggie defense had choked Ole Miss’s running game, limiting it to 113 yards. The only weapon the Rebels had was the passing game, and it proved to be as dangerous for Ole Miss as A&M.

Fourcade threw for 219 yards, twice hitting Toler for scores. The first was an 8-yard shot in the second quarter.

But he also had four interceptions, including one made by Dan Davis, which was returned for a touchdown that gave A&M a 14-0 lead.

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