By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Though they don’t play often, but Ole Miss and Texas do have some history.
Texas’ win Saturday gives the Longhorns a 6-1 lead in the series. The only Ole Miss win in the series was a 39-7 victory in the 1958 Sugar Bowl.
The Rebels will play Texas in Austin next year.
The loss to Texas marked the Rebels’ 10th-straight loss to ranked opposition. Ole Miss has not beaten a ranked opponent since defeating No. 18 Oklahoma State 21-7 in the Cotton Bowl following the 2009 season.
Ole Miss is now 58-138-2 against ranked teams.
Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack is still trying to find his top players.
In a bit of a shake-up, sophomore cornerback Cliff Coleman, who had been the top reserve at the position, started ahead of sophomore Senquez Golson.
Golson is noted for his athleticism and won the hearts of Ole Miss fans last year when he turned down a baseball offer of more than $1 million to pursue college football.
Golson was the starter throughout camp.
Aberdeen freshman defensive end Channing Ward received extensive playing time in the first half, very nearly getting to Texas quarterback David Ash for a sack in the second quarter.
Ward didn’t catch Olympian Marquise Goodwin when the Texas wide receiver broke loose on a 69-yard touchdown run later in the period, but Ward did himself proud in the chase.
Brunetti in the game
While Bo Wallace has taken control of the quarterback race at Ole Miss, backup Barry Brunetti did get in the game and threw what appeared to be a 59-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief.
It was ruled upon review that Moncrief stepped out of bounds at the 23, and the possession resulted in a 39-yard field goal for Bryson Rose.
It was Rose’s first made field goal of the season after four misses. He opened the season 25 for 29 on career field goal attempts.
Brunetti was on the field as Wallace was seen by training staff after being hit hard on a running play.
Ole Miss at home
The Rebels went through a long stretch of domination against non-conference opponents at home but have been rather average in that category in their struggles the last two seasons.
Ole Miss went into the Texas game with a 54-14 record vs. non-SEC teams at home dating back to a 38-0 win over Tulane on Nov. 12, 1994. The Rebels were 3-3 in those games over the 2010 and 2011 seasons, winning against Fresno State, La.-Lafayette and Southern Illinois, losing against Jacksonville State, BYU and Louisiana Tech.
Ole Miss is now 1-2 in non-SEC home games this season. The Rebels are on the road at Tulane this week to complete their non-conference schedule.
Ole Miss will close with eight-straight SEC games with an open date on Oct. 20.
Rebels under 500
The Ole Miss offense was held to less than 500 yards for the first time this season.
The Rebels had matched a three-year yardage high over their first two games with 565 against Central Arkansas and Texas-El Paso.
Ole Miss averaged 7.5 yards on 147 plays over the first two games.
The Texas defense had been prone to give up rushing yards in tits first two games, allowing an average of 137.5 yards to Wyoming and New Mexico.
Rebels vs. Big 12
Ole Miss is now 12-11 all-time vs. Big 12 teams. The Rebels have a losing record against Texas (1-6), Baylor (0-1) and Big 12 newcomer West Virginia (0-1), winning records against Oklahoma (1-0), Oklahoma State (2-0), TCU (5-1) and Texas Tech 3-2.