OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Wyoming has a spotty history against
Southeastern Conference teams -- except for Mississippi.
The Cowboys beat Ole Miss 24-14 on Saturday night for their
second win in two meetings with the Rebels. They're 0-9 against the
rest of the SEC.
"This win was really gratifying," Wyoming coach Joe Glenn
said. "We took some shots in the first quarter but we were able to
get up and fight. That says a lot about this team. It's
The Cowboys defeated the Rebels last season in Laramie, 37-32.
This one spoiled the home debut of Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron and
was only the third loss for the Rebels in the last 27 home games
against non-conference opponents.
Wyoming, the defending Las Vegas Bowl champions, won this one
decisively by bouncing back from an early 7-0 deficit. The Cowboys
were efficient offensively, led by quarterback Corey Bramlet, who
was 17-of-33 for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, the Cowboys forced four turnovers and pressured Ole
Miss into a botched punt. Any late comeback hopes were thwarted by
turning the Rebels away on downs midway through the fourth quarter.
"It was pretty similar to what happened last year," Bramlet
said. "This win felt good and our emotions were running high. Once
we got the running game going, we knew were going to make it hard
for them to get us."
Freshman running back Wynel Seldon teamed with Bramlet for a
potent 1-2 offensive punch. Seldon finished with 124 yards rushing
on 21 attempts, including a 5-yard touchdown run.
Seldon also added 78 yards on four receptions, hurting the
Rebels repeatedly on the screen pass.
Ole Miss led briefly, 7-0 on a 60-yard run by Mico McSwain with
7:15 left in the opening period. McSwain finished with 114 yards on
only seven carries and was the major weapon in an offense that
managed only 282 yards of total offense.
Wyoming made life difficult for quarterback Robert Lane, who
started in place of injured starter Micheal Spurlock, who broke the
middle finger on his left hand in last week's loss to Vanderbilt.
Spurlock played in the second half, but was unable to rally the
Rebels. Spurlock finished 5-of-14 for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Lane was 7-of-15 for 37 yards and turned the ball over on three
consecutive series to open the third period.
"It was a poor performance by our football team. We got whipped
up front offensively and defensively. Michael coming in gave us a
spark, but it wasn't enough," Orgeron said. "Turnovers hurt us
and the muffed punt was inexcusable."