OXFORD, Miss. (WCBI Sports/Ole Miss Athletics) – The No. 24 Ole Miss football team converted on just one of its three red zone trips Saturday night while No. 8 Missouri went 4-for-4, and the difference ultimately proved to be too great for the upset-minded Rebels as they fell 24-10 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Playing in front of a sellout crowd of 61,168 on a chilly night in Oxford, Ole Miss (7-4, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) accumulated 378 yards of offense and 21 first downs, but stalled inside the Tigers’ 20 and finished with its second lowest point total of the year.
Junior quarterback Bo Wallace, who battled flu-like symptoms throughout the game, finished with 244 yards passing. Junior wide receiver Donte Moncrief had his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season, finishing with six catches for a team-high 115 yards. Junior safety Cody Prewitt had a team-high 12 tackles and made his fifth interception of the season to lead the Ole Miss defense.
Trailing 17-3 at halftime, Ole Miss came out of the locker room with a bang, doubling its entire running production from the opening 30 minutes with 78 yards on four plays on its first drive of the second half, capped off by a 45-yard run by sophomore running back I’Tavius Mathers.
The Rebels couldn’t find the end zone again for the remainder of the game though, and Missouri (10-1, 6-1 SEC) capped off the game’s scoring two drives later with a 10-yard run by Henry Josey, his second touchdown rush of the game.
Ole Miss will close out its 2013 regular season on Thanksgiving Day when it faces intrastate rival Mississippi State (5-6, 2-5 SEC) in Starkville at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN. Ole Miss defeated the Bulldogs 41-24 last season to bring the Egg Bowl trophy back to Oxford for the first time since 2008.