Vandals outmatched from outset against Ole Miss

Mississippi jumps out to early lead, then puts away Idaho late in Oxford.


Mississippi defensive end Channing Ward sacks Idaho quarterback Taylor Davis, who finished just 12-of-30 passing for 166 yards.

ROGELIO V. SOLIS — The Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. — Bo Wallace lofted the perfect throw down the sideline to Ja-Mes Logan, who made the catch in stride on the way to Mississippi’s first touchdown of Saturday night.

A few minutes later, Jaylen Walton sliced through the middle of Idaho’s defensive line for a 40-yard touchdown.

It was the beginning of a lopsided 59-14 victory for the Rebels, who relished the easy non-conference night after a month of rough games against the top of the Southeastern Conference.

Now the Rebels have two weeks of rest and preparation before playing Arkansas on Nov. 9 in Oxford.

“It was huge to play that stretch of games and then still come out and win tonight,” Wallace said. “Fortunately nobody got hurt and now it’s a week of treatment and getting ready for Arkansas.”

Wallace threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns, I’Tavius Mathers rushed for 138 yards and another touchdown and Mississippi rolled up 572 total yards. The 59 points were the most for the Rebels since 2008.

Wallace threw both of his touchdown passes to Logan, who finished with six receptions for 122 yards. Logan has been one of the Rebels’ most productive receivers throughout the year — with 24 catches coming into the game — but those were the first two that resulted in touchdowns.

Ole Miss (5-3) won its second straight game. It wasn’t a perfect night for the Rebels, who had a second-quarter swoon that allowed the Vandals to pull within 17-7 on a Taylor Davis touchdown run, but they recovered to win handily.

“In the first half, for six minutes, it looked like we wanted to be here,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “Then we had 15 minutes of ho-hum, going through the motions. In the second half, we played like I expected we would play.”

Idaho (1-7) lost its third straight game and was held to 87 net rushing yards. The Vandals converted just 4-of-16 third downs and 1-of-3 fourth downs.

Dezmon Epps caught five passes for 89 yards and a 62-yard touchdown from Davis to cut the deficit to 38-14 in the third quarter. Kris Olugbode ran for a team-high 33 yards on 10 carries.

“I thought our guys fought pretty hard for the most part,” Idaho first-year coach Paul Petrino said. “But we’ve still got a long way to go.”

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