COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Ole Miss defense stood the test against high-scoring Texas A&M, holding the Aggies to just one touchdown until the middle of the fourth quarter.
By then, the Rebels led 35-7.
The Ole Miss defense matched A&M touchdown-for-touchdown until the game’s final play when Aggies quarterback Kenny Hill tossed a 13-yard score for the final points of the game in a 35-20 Ole Miss victory.
Cody Prewitt returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, and linebacker Keith Lewis, playing for the injured D.T. Shackelford, returned a Hill fumble 21 yards for a score early in the fourth.
Hill was 42-for-53 passing for 401 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three turnovers, throwing an interception to Senquez Golson in the fourth quarter along with the Prewitt pick and Lewis fumble.
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace, meanwhile, had a turnover-free night.
For the second-straight week Wallace was very involved in the run game and finished as the Rebels’ leading rusher with 50 yards on 14 carries. He scored on runs of 4 and 10 yards in the first quarter.
Ole Miss rushed for 160 yards on the night and held A&M to 54 rushing yards on 35 attempts.
Wallace was 13-for-19 passing for 178 yards and one touchdown, a 33-yard strike down the seam to native Texas Quincy Adeboyejo.
That came at a big time for Ole Miss. A&M had just scored its first touchdown, a 3-yard run by Trey Williams that made it a 21-7 game with 7:05 left in the third.
The Adeboyejo catch completed a 65-yard drive and returned the game’s momentum to Ole Miss. At the start of that drive, the Rebels had not crossed the 50 since the first quarter on their second touchdown drive of the night.