OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi's 88-year winning streak
against Arkansas State remains intact.
Eli Manning was 23-for-36 for 306 yards and three touchdowns as
Rebels routed the Indians 55-0 on Saturday.
"It's exciting and it crossed my mind at halftime that we had
not given up any points," Mississippi head coach David Cutcliffe
said. "It's hard to do this in this day and time. But we got
better today and we played a lot of people."
Manning, who played just three quarters, moved ahead of
Florida's Rex Grossman for eighth place on the Southeastern
Conference's career completion list with 692. He also moved up to
No. 7 in career total offense with 8,309 yards.
"We ran the ball well and the offensive line protected well,
not allowing a sack all day," Manning said. "They did a good job
and our receivers did a good job of catching the ball."
Ole Miss (4-2) recorded its first shutout since it defeated
Memphis 3-0 in 1999.
The Rebels have not lost to the Indians in the past 20 meetings,
dating to 1915.
Ole Miss, who entered the game ranked last in pass defense, gave
up only 235 total yards and allowed Arkansas State to cross
midfield only four times.
The Rebels, ranked fifth in the nation in total offense, gained
582 against the Indians (3-3).
The Rebels led 14-0 in the first quarter before Arkansas State
managed a first down.
Manning started 8-of-8 for 84 yards, opening with a 40-yard
strike to Chris Collins on the first series that set up a 1-yard
touchdown run by Vashon Pearson.
Tremaine Turner capped the second possession, a 60-yard drive,
with a 33-yard touchdown run.
An interception by linebacker Justin Wade set up the first of
two field goals by Jonathan Nichols to bring the score to 20-0 at
"It's a good performance, especially with three SEC games
coming up," Wade said. "We did a good job of stopping the run and
that's important with Alabama coming in."
Arkansas State seriously threatened only once, coming midway
through the second period. Quarterback Elliot Jacobs completed
consecutive passes of 17, 28 and 23 yards to carry the Indians to
the Ole Miss 4.
But Eric Neihouse bounced a 21-yard field-goal attempt off the
left upright to end the threat.
"We would have liked to made that field goal," said Jacob, who
finished 14-for-29 for 143 yards. "We were happy with the way
things were going. We have got to work more on getting the ball in
the end zone."
Ole Miss opened the second half with scoring drives of 79, 83
and 65 yards, capped by Manning's three touchdown passes.
Reserve quarterback Michael Spurlock led the Rebels to a pair of
touchdown drives in the final period.