Ole Miss 44, Texas 23: Horns fall to 1-2

Posted September 14th, 2013



Ole Miss 44, Texas 23.

The Longhorns fall to 1-2, their first 1-2 start to a season since 1998 — Mack Brown’s first year. Texas opens Big 12 play next Saturday, at home against Kansas State.


The Rebels, ranked 25th in the country, are 3-0 for the first time since 1989.



There’s 8:42 left.

It’s Ole Miss 44, Texas 23.

Texas is in real trouble.The Longhorns looked like they had something going, reaching midfield on a drive that sorely needed to produce points.But no.On a second-and-10 at the Ole Miss 36-yard line, Case McCoy was preparing to pass — but Malcolm Brown bumped into him from behind as he was about to throw, and the ball squirted free.Brown smothered the ball, but somehow linebacker Mike Marry ended up with it.On the very next play, Jeff Scott burst through the line for a 27-yard run. And followed that up with a 15-yarder, then a 4-yarder to get to Texas’ 8-yard line. Jaylen Walton then scored on the 8-yard run.EARLIER UPDATES …


It’s Ole Miss 37, Texas 23.

And, just like that, the Longhorns’ situation has turned from uphill to positively dark.Ole Miss has just gone up two touchdowns on a 73-yard punt return touchdown by Jeff Scott. He weaved his way through the Longhorns — and there were a handful of missed tackles and missed-tackle opportunities along the way.

The Rebels’ extra point kick failed.

The Longhorns, who haven’t generated much offense this half, are going to have to find some quickly.Note: On the final play of the third quarter, on the kickoff following Scott’s touchdown return, Kendall Sanders returned it 51 yards. Texas will start its drive at its own 49.



There’s 1:45 left.

It’s Ole Miss 31, Texas 23.The Longhorns are going to have to play catch-up again. Ole Miss has scored again.Bo Wallace hit Evan Engram for 17 yards down the middle, and the Rebels are now up by 8 points.It capped a second straight long drive for Ole Miss. This 11-yard, 81-yarder that featured five first downs along the way followed the Rebels’ 12-play, 80-yarder with six firsts down the last time they had the ball.Texas’ defense, which had regrouped in the second quarter, is failing to apply much of a pass rush, and Wallace is finding openings with intermediate throws.Texas has punted on every one of its second-half drives so far.


THIRD QUARTER.There’s 7:49 left.It’s Ole Miss 24, Texas 23.The Rebels have reclaimed the lead, marching 80 yards on their first drive of the second half. Quarterback Bo Wallace rambled in from 15 yards for the touchdown, off the right side.Ole Miss worked that side of the Longhorns’ defense quite a bit on the drive, which lasted 12 plays and took 4:50 off the clock. There were six first downs.The Longhorns’ opening drive of the second half sputtered around midfield.


IT’S HALFTIME.Texas leads, 23-17.Ole Miss sneaked in a 52-yard field goal from Andrew Ritter on the final play of the half.The Rebels got into range thanks to a 15-yard targeting penalty by Adrian Phillips, who subsequently was ejected from the game.But officials reviewed the play, and reversed the ejection. But the penalty remained.


SECOND QUARTER.There’s 39 seconds left.It’s Texas 23, Ole Miss 14.Anthony Fera’s 47-yard field goal will give the Longhorns a fairly comfortable lead at halftime.The Longhorns’ scoring drive was 10 plays long. It took 4:13 off the clock.Texas has settled down defensively, Case McCoy is playing it safe, and Johnathan Gray is running well. That’s been the first-half storyline.EARLIER UPDATES ..

SECOND QUARTER.There’s 6:08 left.It’s Texas 20, Ole Miss 14.A DKR crowd that once was silent after seeing an early 14-0 deficit is feeling a little better now.Anthony Fera has kicked his second field goal, this one from 30 yards out, but it was a woulda, coulda, shoulda type of drive for the Longhorns.Texas’ drive: 5 plays, 5 yards, with one first down. It took only 1:48 off the clock.Why so short of a drive? It was set up by the defense, again. Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat recovered a Bo Wallace fumble to set the offense up at Ole Miss’ 18-yard line.A pass interference call on Mike Hilton in the end zone gave Texas a first-and-goal at the 2. Case McCoy was trying to hit Mike Davis on a fade route in the left corner of the endzone, and Hilton lost his footing and was flagged s he tried to recover.Dominic Espinosa, however, was flagged 5 yards for a false start on first-and-goal. And then, on first-and-goal at the 7, tight end Geoff Swaim was called for a false start as well.That moved Texas back to a first-and-goal from the Ole Miss 12.Malcolm Brown — who had a huge game against Ole Miss last year — was stuffed for a 6-yard loss on a draw play. McCoy’s second-and-goal pass was broken up.On third-and-long, Texas went safe: a 5-yard run by Brown on a draw.That led to Fera’s kick.EARLIER UPDATES …

SECOND QUARTER.There’s 8:27 left.It’s Texas 17, Ole Miss 14.Texas, once down 14-0, has now scored 17 unanswered points. Johnathan Gray’s 8-yard scamper around the left side is the latest score.So far, Gray has 10 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown.The drive started with a sense of momentum — Texas stopped an Ole Miss fourth-and-4 play at the Longhorns’ 31-yard line. Defensive end Cedric Reed deflected Bo Wallace’s pass at the line of scrimmage.It’s the second deflection of the night for the front line; Malcom Brown had one in the first quarter.Texas’ drive: 7 plays, 69 yards, with four first downs. It took 2:19 off the clock.EARLIER UPDATES …

SECOND QUARTER.There’s 13:12 left.It’s Ole Miss 14, Texas 10.The Longhorns have scored 10 unanswered points, the latest on a 28-yard field goal by Anthony Fera.It’s Fera’s first field goal of the season.The Longhorns’ drive: 35 yards, on 10 plays, with three first downs along the way. It took 3:55 off the clock.A special teams penalty set Texas up with good field position. Ole Miss defensive back Dehendret Collins was flagged 15 yards for interfering with Quandre Diggs’ attempted fielding of a punt; Collins lit up Diggs, who fumbled on the play.The penalty started the Longhorns’ drive at Ole Miss’ 46.Joe Bergeron got the tailback work on the drive. Case McCoy overthrew Mike Davis on a fade route in the end zone on third down.


FIRST QUARTER.There’s 3:50 left.It’s Ole Miss 14, Texas 7.The Longhorns, who opened with a three-and-out on their first drive, have cut the Rebels’ lead to a touchdown, thanks to a nine-play, 78-yard drive that ended with a 13-yard pass from Case McCoy to Mike Davis.It was a shot-in-the-arm type of drive for Texas, which rattled off five first downs.Johnathan Gray powered the drive, spitting off runs of 14 and 18 yards, and Texas was helped by a pass interference call.Press box observation. During the TV timeout after the touchdown, a University Federal Credit Union commercial aired on the Godzillatron. When Mack Brown appeared on the ad, there were boos heard from the DKR crowd.


FIRST QUARTER.There’s 8:26 left.It’s Ole Miss 14, Texas 0.Remember last year’s scorefest in Oxford? It’s looking like that might happen again — at least as far as the Rebels go.Ole Miss has scored again, this time on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Bo Wallace to Donte Moncrief. Carrington Byndom was beaten on the play. Badly.The Rebels marched 57 yards on eight plays, and took 2:15 off the clock.


FIRST QUARTER.There’s 12:22 left.It’s Ole Miss 7, Texas 0.For those particularly interested in how Texas’ defense would respond to last week’s poor showing at BYU and the subsequent firing of the Longhorns’ defensive coordinator, here’s your answer:Ole Miss just rattled off an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drove. Running back Jeff Scott scored from 5 yards out.The Rebels blew Texas’ defensive front off the line of scrimmage, throughout the drive. There were runs of 14, 8 and 8 yards.Texas, in its first drive, went three and out.


TEN MINUTES TO KICKOFF.Settled in here at the DKR press box. Got here just in time to see Texas A&M’s last-minute touchdown and failed onside kick. Crimson Tide 49, Aggies 42.On to Texas-Ole Miss.Lots of storylines cooking:David Ash will not play. Your quarterback tonight is Case McCoy, who’s making his seventh career start. Texas is 3-3 with McCoy starting.Daje Johnson will not play. Still recovering from a sprained ankle on the third play of last week’s BYU game.Texas is 1-1, has dropped out of the Top 25, and is reeling. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was fired this past Sunday, the day after the Longhorns surrendered a school-record number of rushing yards to BYU. New defensive coordinator Greg Robinson — who ran the defense in the 2004 season, when Texas won the Rose Bowl — has had five days to prepare the defense, which is coming off a horrendous showing.Ole Miss is 2-0 and ranked No. 25.Texas beat Ole Miss last year in Oxford, 66-31. It was one of the real highlight games of the season for the Longhorns.Texas opens Big 12 play next week, at home vs. Kansas State.A loss would put the Horns at 1-2. They haven’t started a season 1-2 since 1998, Mack Brown‘s first year.

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