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Mississippi falls to No. 14 Texas, 66-31

Associated Press Modified: September 16, 2012 at 1:16 am •  Published: September 16, 2012
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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze watched his defensive linemen get manhandled, his linebackers look lost and his secondary get embarrassed.

The first-year coach might have his offense headed the right direction, but the defense has a way to go.

No. 14 Texas clobbered Ole Miss 66-31 on Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, punishing the Rebels with a straight-forward running game and explosive passing plays downfield.

"Defensively we were bad," first-year Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. "We've got to go find out exactly why."

By the end of the evening, the statistics were ugly. Texas quarterback David Ash threw for a career-high 326 yards and four touchdowns, receiver Marquise Goodwin accounted for 182 yards and two touchdowns and the Longhorns gained 676 yards.

It was the most points Ole Miss has given up in a game since 1917.

"It's not always that easy," Ash said. "But when you're playing physical and tough football, it's amazing what you can accomplish."

Ash connected on touchdown passes of 46 and 55 yards while completing 19 of 23 passes in a nearly flawless performance. Mike Davis caught five passes for 124 yards and a touchdown.

"I was really excited about the number of explosive plays we had tonight," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "After Marquise's big play, our offense really played well and played with a lot of confidence the rest of the way."

Texas (3-0) led 31-10 by halftime and 52-24 by the end of the third quarter. The Longhorns could have scored more than 70 points, but took a knee on their final two offensive plays rather than try to punch in one last touchdown.

It was the only mercy shown toward the Ole Miss defense all night.

Ole Miss (2-1) simply couldn't match the Longhorns' prolific offense. Texas scored on seven straight possessions at one point, including touchdowns on six of those drives.

Bo Wallace threw for 178 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for the Rebels. Donte Moncrief caught seven passes for 144 yards and a touchdown.

It was obvious from the beginning that Texas was the bigger and faster team. The Longhorns used their twin battering rams — running backs Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown — to pound away at the Ole Miss defensive line early in the game.

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