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MISSISSIPPI 59, LOUISIANA

9/13/2003

OXFORD, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Eli Manning passed for 353
yards and three touchdowns as Mississippi romped to a 59-14
victory over Louisiana-Monroe.

Manning's Heisman Trophy hopes suffered a blow in last week's
44-34 loss to Memphis, but he bounced back to complete 21-of-26
passes against an overmatched opponent.

Manning, who went over the 7,000-yard mark in career passing
last week, wasted no time against Louisiana-Monroe, tossing an
18-yard TD pass to Chris Collins less than three minutes into
the game.

Manning also threw TD passes of five yards to Collins and 49
yards to Taye Biddle as the Rebels (2-1) built a 52-7 lead in
the third quarter.

Ole Miss rolled up 612 yards of total offense as it also rushed
for 225. Michael Spurlock, Manning's backup, also threw a TD
pass in the fourth quarter.

Collins caught nine passes for 121 yards, while Biddle had three
receptions for 105 yards.

Louisiana-Monroe (0-3) has lost two of its three games to
Southeastern Conference teams by a combined score of 108-21. The
Indians suffered a season-opening 49-7 loss to Louisiana State.

Louisiana-Monroe's quarterbacks Daniel DaPrato and Steven Jyles
combined to pass for 307 yards, but the Indians were held to
just 29 yards on the ground.