Late field goal lifts Ole Miss past Arkansas 30-27By KURT VOIGT, AP Sports Writer Saturday, Oct 27, 2012
Rose kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to give the Rebels a 30-27 victory over Arkansas on Saturday. The win is the second straight in the Southeastern Conference for Ole Miss (5-3, 2-2), which snapped a 16-game league losing streak in its last game against Auburn.
Rose’s field goal was his third of the game, including a career-best 53-yarder that put Ole Miss up 27-20 early in the fourth quarter.
The Razorbacks (3-5, 2-3) tied the game at 27-27 with 2:09 remaining on a 4-yard touchdown run by Dennis Johnson, who finished with a career-high 161 yards.
However, Wallace—who finished with 278 yards passing—directed Ole Miss on an eight-play, 61-yard drive that set up Rose’s game-winning field goal.
The win gave Ole Miss its first back-to-back SEC wins since late in the 2009 season, which is also the last time the school reached a bowl game. The Rebels, who were a combined 1-15 in the conference the last two seasons, are now one win away from bowl eligibility in coach Hugh Freeze’s first season.
Ole Miss trailed 10-0 early before rallying to take a 21-17 halftime lead after Jeff Scott’s 1-yard touchdown run with 20 seconds remaining in the half. The score capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive that took just 1:01 off the clock.
Wallace accounted for 316 yards of total offense for the Rebels. The sophomore, who ran for, passed for and caught a touchdown two weeks ago against Auburn, finished 29 of 37 passing—including a 4-yard touchdown pass to Vince Sanders in the first half.
On the game-winning drive, Wallace accounted for 38 yards—35 passing and 13 rushing. He was 3 of 4 passing on the drive, including a 14-yard completion to Scott on a third-and-9 to keep the drive moving. Wallace’s final play was a 13-yard run through the heart of the Arkansas defense to set up Rose’s game-winning kick.
The Razorbacks had won two straight entering the game, and they nearly overcame a blocked punt that led to an Ole Miss touchdown and a pair of interceptions by quarterback Tyler Wilson. Arkansas outgained the Rebels 464-355 in total yardage, and Wilson finished 24 of 43 passing for 297 yards, but it couldn’t stop Ole Miss when it needed to the most.
Johnson nearly single-handily helped the Razorbacks tie the game late in the fourth quarter. After Wilson opened the drive with a 9-yard completion to Cobi Hamilton—who finished with 12 catches for 146 yards—Johnson gained 41 yards on his next two carries.
The senior then bowled his way into the end zone from 5 yards out on his third straight carry, capping a four-play, 55-yard drive.
Arkansas left 2:09 on the clock, however, which proved exactly the right amount of time for the resurgent Rebels.