FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Ole Miss - Texas A&M 1980

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

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.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Aug. 25-31)

      Monday, September 1, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewAug. 25-31, 2014Football- No. 18 Ole Miss opened the 2014 season with a 35-13 win over Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.- The Rebels led 7-6 entering the fourth quarter... read more

    • ESPN's Chucky Mullins Documentary to Debut Thursday

      Monday, September 1, 2014 - Football

      The SEC Storied documentary "It's Time," centered on the the inspirational friendship between former Vanderbilt football player Brad Gaines and former Ole Miss football player Chucky Mullins, will premiere on Tuesday on the Vanderbilt campus and will debut on... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Aug. 31

      Sunday, August 31, 2014 - Athletics

      This is a new concept we've created for the Ole Miss Sports Blog that we're calling Observations from the Best Seat in the House. The idea of this weekly feature will be to bring you all some of our observations... read more

    • What They're Saying: Ole Miss-Boise State

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      The No. 18 Ole Miss football team won the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game defeating Boise State 35-13. The Rebels move into Southeastern Conference next week with a road test at Vanderbilt from Nashville's LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. The... read more

    • 'The New Normal' on Defense

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      ATLANTA -- Boise State had been the highest scoring team in the nation, averaging 40.2 points per game dating back to the 2000 season.  Highlighted by four interceptions, eight tackles for loss and big hits by several different players, the... read more

    • Second-Half Surge for Rebel Offense

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      ATLANTA -- After an up-and-down first half, which included a touchdown and three interceptions, senior quarterback Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss offense found their stride in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter. Leading 7-6 early in the... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Boise State Motivational

      Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Boise State Official Team Motivational '14 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Boise State

      Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as Ole Miss opens its 2014 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Boise State from Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Contrast in Experience Boise State has one of the youngest teams in the country with 67 freshmen... read more

    • Volleyball Opens Steven McRoberts Era

      Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Volleyball

      Here are three pieces to keep in mind as we look ahead to the Ole Miss volleyball team's season-opening weekend in Buffalo, New York, starting with Canisius on Friday morning, the first of four matches over three days at the... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 1

      Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 1 (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Dome, Sweet Dome for Atlanta Area Rebels

      Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Football

      For high school football players in Georgia, all roads lead to the Georgia Dome and the state championships.  For a handful of Rebels, those roads lead home, as Ole Miss opens the 2014 season against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A... read more

    • VIDEO: Forward Together Construction Update

      Monday, August 25, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • Relentless is the Word on Defense

      Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Football

      ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy asked each of the 65 coaches from the Power Five conferences to describe their team in one word.  Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's word? Relentless. The same can be said of the Ole Miss defense.  And... read more

    • McCormick, Defense Shine in Win

      Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Soccer

      After playing 110 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Georgia on Friday night, Ole Miss responded with a gutsy 1-0 win over Iowa State on Sunday afternoon. The defense, led by senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick was the story of the... read more

    • Rebels Battle to Draw on Historic Night

      Friday, August 22, 2014 -

      Big time crowd for @SECNetwork live sports event debut. Record attendance of 1,823 for @OleMissSoccer Let's finish strong.-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August 23, 2014 Ole Miss kicked off the 2014 season in thrilling fashion, rallying to a 1-1 draw with... read more