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Ole Miss Drops Heartbreaker to Mizzou Despite Offensive Push

Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Matt Corral passing the ball. Photo by Josh McCoy / Ole Miss Athletics.

The Ole Miss Rebels fell to the Missouri Tigers 38-27 on the road Saturday in Columbia, Missouri.

Ole Miss (3-4, 2-2 SEC) battled back in the second half but fell short of pulling off the comeback over the Tigers. Missouri scored 23 points in the third quarter against the Rebels.

“Disappointing loss coming on the road. In this league you can’t make mistakes,” Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke said. “We had too many missed opportunities. They are a physical football team.”

Both John Rhys Plumlee and Matt Corral took turns at quarterback for the Rebels. Plumlee got the start and went 8-for-17 through the air for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 143 yards on the ground on 23 carries with two touchdowns. The Hattiesburg native has rushed for more than 100 yards in three straight games.

Corral entered the contest in the first half and finished passing 10-for-16 for 133 yards.

“Really pleased with those guys being unselfish, cheering for each other and pulling for each other,” Luke said. “It looked like we had a good rhythm going with both of them with both of their strengths. Really proud of those guys moving forward trying to win football games.”

“They both competed and they knew going in that is what we were going to do,” offensive coordinator Rich Rodriquez said.

The QB duo targeted Elijah Moore eight times on the night for 102 yards and a touchdown.

Missouri’s quarterback Kelly Bryant threw for 329 yards with a touchdown against the Landshark defense on the night. Running back Larry Rountree tallied 126 yards on 21 touches and two touchdowns.

“Missouri had a big chunk of plays that had the yards added up,” Luke said.

Ole Miss lost two defensive players—Jacquez Jones (third) and Tariqious Tisdale (fourth)—in the second half due to targeting penalties.

The Rebels totaled 440 total yards in the game with 204 on the ground and 236 through the air.

Luke and his squad return to the Vaught next Saturday night as they welcome the Texas A&M Aggies for an SEC West showdown. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network.

Adam Brown
Adam Brown
Sports Editor

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