|Date of game: 9/27/2014
Recap: Ole Miss vs. Memphis
Oxford, MS (SportsNetwork.com) - Perhaps Mississippi was caught looking ahead with an October gauntlet in the SEC looming -- at least through the first three quarters.
Bo Wallace tossed both of his touchdown passes to Laquon Treadwell, who posted five receptions for 123 yards, and the 10th-ranked Rebels pulled away from Memphis, 24-3, on Saturday night.
Turnovers, penalties and missed field goals marred the offensive and special teams side of the ball, despite the Rebels outgaining the Tigers, 426-104. They recorded four turnovers, were penalized 10 times for 117 yards and Andrew Fletcher missed a pair of field goals.
Ole Miss outscored Memphis 17-0 in the fourth quarter.
The Rebels' October stretch against Alabama, Texas A&M, Tennessee and LSU will determine if they will be a threat in the SEC West, which has six of its seven teams ranked in the Top 25.
"I'm so glad this is over and everyone can do whatever talking they want to do about next week. It was distracting at times. It's good to play a four-quarter game against a good football team and get a win. Now we can move on to next week," Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said.
The Rebels (4-0) are 4-0 for the first time since 1970.
Wallace was 22-of-37 for 248 yards with two interceptions and also lost a fumble. Jaylen Walton carried the ball 10 times for 78 yards and a score for Ole Miss, which held the Tigers to 3-of-16 efficiency on third down.
Paxton Lynch completed just 13-of-31 passes for 81 yards with one pick for the Tigers (2-2).
"I'm proud of our kids and the way they battled. We just didn't have enough to get over the hump against a good football team," Memphis head coach Justin Fuente said.
Treadwell hauled in a 63-yard TD pass on the Rebels' second drive and they were clinging to a 7-3 lead heading into the final frame.
In between, the Rebels committed all four of their turnovers, Fletcher misfired on field goals of 40 and 43 yards, respectively, and Mark Dodson had a 71-yard TD run called back due to a holding penalty.
Fletcher shook off his prior two misses and nailed a 19-yard field goal to cap a 16-play, 75-yard drive early in the fourth.
The defense lifted the Rebels again just over three minutes later.
Marquis Haynes strip-sacked Lynch from behind and Issac Gross recovered the fumble at the Memphis 23. Walton then broke off a 23-yard TD scamper along the right sideline on the very next play to make it 17-3.
Wallace hit Treadwell for a 17-yard score in the back of the end zone on a 3rd-and-6 with 1:18 left to cap the scoring.
The Rebels opened the scoring on the second play of their second drive.
Wallace lofted his play-action pass to a wide-open Treadwell over the middle. Memphis safety Fritz Etienne chased him down around the 5-yard line, but Treadwell was able to dive, stretch and extend the ball over the goal line for the score.
A brawl broke out following the ensuing kickoff. Keith Lewis body slammed Joe Craig to the turf after he was downed earlier on the play. This led to a fracas between the teams along the sideline.
Wallace fired an interception, Cody Core fumbled and Fletcher missed the first of his two field goals to conclude each of the next three Rebels possessions. Memphis was unable to take advantage against Ole Miss' stout defense, however, managing just a 40-yard Jake Elliott field goal late in the first.Game Notes
Ole Miss was 7-of-15 on third down and held a 26-13 edge in first downs ...
The Rebels held the ball for 36:38 ... Ole Miss outgained Memphis 233-57 in
total yardage in the first half and limited the Tigers to minus-seven yards