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Texas 66, Ole Miss 31

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OXFORD, Miss. -- Utilizing a balanced attack and cashing in on several big plays, 14th-ranked Texas beat Mississippi 66-31 Saturday in front of a capacity crowd of 61,797 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Texas quarterback David Ash was nearly perfect during his career night, completing 19 of 23 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns.

Sophomore running back Malcolm Brown paced Texas' ground attack by rushing for 128 and two touchdowns on 21 carries.

Texas' 66 points were the most Ole Miss has surrendered in a game since 1917.

The Longhorns (3-0) scored nearly at will for a while, collecting points on seven consecutive possessions bridging the second and third quarters.

During the second half, Ash completed a 46-yard touchdown pass to Mike Davis and a 55-yard scoring strike to Marquise Goodwin.

Brown scored on runs of 5 and 12 yards, and D.J. Monroe also scored on a 10-yard run.

Ole Miss (2-1) had a few big plays of its own in the third quarter. Donte Moncrief caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bo Wallace, and Jeff Scott broke free down the Rebels' sideline for a 48-yard touchdown run.

In the first minute of the fourth quarter, Rebels running back Jaylen Walton returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, making the score 59-31.

Wallace ended up completing 13 of 24 passes for a season-low 178 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

Aided by a steady mix of passes and runs, Texas took a 31-10 lead into halftime.

Ash completed 10 of 11 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns, while running backs Joe Bergeron and Brown combined for 94 yards on 19 carries.

Ash led Texas on four consecutive scoring drives, capping the latter two by hooking up with tight end D.J. Grant for a 3-yard touchdown and fullback Ryan Roberson for a 1-yard score.

Prior to the touchdown passes, Texas kicker Nick Jordan converted a 31-yard field goal, and Goodwin scored on a 69-yard speed sweep.

Texas linebacker Steve Edmond started the scoring by intercepting a Wallace pass on the Rebels' second possession of the game and returning it 22 yards for a score.

After Jordan made it 10-0, Ole Miss scored on a 3-yard run by Randall Mackey. Goodwin's long run made it 17-7, and after a 59-yard touchdown catch by Moncrief was called back following a booth review, the Rebels settled for a 39-yard field goal by Bryson Rose.

NOTES: Ole Miss freshman Trae Elston was suspended for the game by the Southeastern Conference stemming from a tackle in last week's 28-10 win over UTEP. Elston entered the game tied for sixth on the Rebels with seven total tackles. ... The crowd was the fourth-largest in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium history and the largest crowd to take in a non-conference game.
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