Memphis controlled the game throughout and ruined the first
career start for Micheal Spurlock, who is trying to replace Eli
Manning at quarterback.
Spurlock was 11-of-31 passing for 182 yards. The junior
quarterback did direct a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter that
ended with 5-yard run by Vashon Pearson. The drive pulled the
Rebels within 20-13 with 8:55 left.
The Memphis defense responded by holding the Rebels to one first
down in the final two offensive series. Spurlock was sacked for a
22-yard loss by linebacker Tim Goodwell with 1:35 left to seal the
Wimprine went 21-for-43 as the Tigers defeated Ole Miss for the
second consecutive year.
Williams had 37 carries, including a 10-yard touchdown run in
the first quarter, to build a 7-0 lead with 2:46 left in the
quarter. The big play in the drive was a 55-yard screen pass from
Wimprine to Maurice Avery.
Ole Miss answered on a 26-yard field goal by Jonathan Nichols
with 6:45 left in the half.
Memphis led 10-3 at halftime.
Nichols pulled Ole Miss within 10-6 on a 47-yard field goal with
9:13 left in the third quarter, but Memphis answered with Stephen
Goskowski's 45-yard field goal on the ensuing series, rebuilding
the lead to 13-6.
Memphis grabbed control with a 12-play, 76-yard drive to open
the fourth quarter that ended with Wimprine's TD pass to Gideon
with 10:43 left.