OXFORD, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Its closing schedule is
difficult, but Mississippi put itself in position to end a
Eli Manning passed for 391 yards and three touchdowns as the
Rebels remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference with a
43-40 victory over South Carolina.
The Rebels (7-2, 5-0 SEC West), the only unbeaten team in the
SEC, are 5-0 in the league for the first time since 1963, when
they won their last conference championship.
Mississippi opened a one-game lead over Auburn and Louisiana
State, but still has to play the two teams behind it in the
standings. Auburn and LSU are facing non-conference opponents
Manning, who completed 30-of-42 passes, tossed a 29-yard TD
strike to Kerry Johnson with 28 seconds left in the first half
to give the Rebels a 30-14 halftime lead.
Mississippi continued to pour it on, extending its advantage to
43-14 on TD runs of 10 yards by Tremaine Turner and seven yards
by Brandon Jacobs in the third quarter. Turner rushed for 117
yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries for Ole Miss.
Chris Collins finished with 10 receptions for 125 yards and two
TDs for the Rebels, who amassed 538 yards of total offense.
Dondrial Pinkins completed 14-of-32 passes for 298 yards and
four TDs for the Gamecocks (5-4, 2-4), who made it close with
three unanswered scores in the fourth quarter, including a
98-yarder to Matthew Thomas.
Manning and Pinkins each threw two TDs passes in the first
quarter, but Mississippi grabbed the lead for good, 21-14, on
Turner's four-yard TD run with 12:45 left in the first half.
Ole Miss posted its fourth straight win over South Carolina and
leads the all-time series, 7-5.