Texas, playing without its starting quarterback, has gotten good play from Case McCoy, who is 11-for-13 for 104 yards with a touchdown and no turnovers.
The Texas defense has been much better after the first two Ole Miss drives. At the very least it appears there are some adjustments made with new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson that weren’t made last week.
Texas has a 218-214 yardage edge at the break.
Bo Wallace is 9-for-15 for 95 yards, a TD and no picks, but a costly fumble that ended with a Texas field goal.
Jeff Scott has 77 yards on eight carries and a touchdown.
Ole Miss got off to a fast start in the run game, much the way BYU hurt Texas last week.
On their second drive the Rebels did different things, threw the ball a little more. Both drives were successful with Scott scoring on a 5-yard run, and Bo Wallace hitting Donte Moncrief for a 12-yard touchdown.
The Longhorns’ defense caught up though, and that gave Texas time to begin to do things in the passing game. An interference call against Brishen Matthews kept a touchdown drive alive, and a soft cushion in the red zone helped Texas draw close enough for a short field goal to make it 14-10 with 13:12 left in the second.
The Rebels put together a drive across the 50, but it stalled when Wallace missed Treadwell on a swing pass, and the third-and-8 completion to Engram was 5 yards short. Wallace’s third pass was batted, and Texas took over.
The Longhorns marched down the field, the big play a 25-yard swing pass to Jaxon Shipley before Jonathan Gray scored on an 8-yard run.
The Rebels in the first half were often victimized by a swing pass because the defensive backs were playing a good bit off the line.
Texas extended the lead – but only by three – after a Wallace fumble gave the Longhorns the ball at the Rebels’ 18.
Texas reached the 2 with a first down after a pass interference call against Mike Hilton in the end zone, but two false starts and a hugh 6-yard TFL by Robert Nkemdiche backed up the Horns, and Texas settled for another short field goal.
The Rebels followed the field goal with a three-and-out, and made it an eight-point lead with a 47-yard field goal with 39 seconds left in the half.