Scores

Final

Northwestern St 31

(3-6, 2-3 Southland)

Ole Miss 38

(3-7, 0-6 SEC)

2:00 PM ET, November 3, 2007

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS

1 2 3 4 T
NWST 0 0 14 1731
MISS 17 0 14 738

Top Performers

Passing: G. Edmond (NWST) - 250 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Green-Ellis (MISS) - 17 CAR, 120 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: S. Hodge (MISS) - 4 REC, 88 YDS, 1 TD

Mississippi 38, Northwestern St. 31

Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns as Mississippi snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 38-31 win over Northwestern State.

The Rebels (3-7) held a precarious 17-14 lead over the Football Championship Subdivision opponent in the third quarter. Mike Wallace extended the lead with a 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for Ole Miss.

The point total was the most for Ole Miss since a 31-28 win over South Carolina in 2004. But the Rebels struggled, allowing the Demons (3-6) to rally with two late scores, and had to bleed away the last 3:16 to preserve the win.

It was the 10th career win for third-year coach Ed Orgeron, coming on the heels of a vote of confidence from the university administration. Still, Rebels fans showed displeasure with the team's performance by staying away. The announced attendance was 23,283, less than half capacity.

Ole Miss built a 17-0 first-quarter lead with 222 yards of total offense and Green-Ellis' touchdown runs of 41 and 25 yards.

Northwestern State pulled within 17-14 in the opening six minutes of the second half on a 28-yard reverse by Tyler Cheramie and a 16-yard pass from Germayne Edmond to Adam Varnado.

Ole Miss answered with Wallace's kickoff return and a 10-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Brent Schaeffer to Shay Hodge that made it 31-14.

Defensive tackle Peria Jerry intercepted a pass to set up Green-Ellis' 4-yard scoring run with 12:01 left for a 38-17 cushion. The Rebels forced three turnovers, converting two into second-half touchdowns.

But Northwestern State scored twice in the final eight minutes to make the game close. Edmond scored on a 3-yard run, followed by a 37-yard touchdown pass from Drew Branch to Kedrin Seastrunk with 3:16 left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NWST
MISS
1st Downs2415
Total Yards499387
Passing305177
Rushing194210
Penalties7-578-60
3rd Down Conversions4-164-13
4th Down Conversions2-20-1
Turnovers31
Possession37:4122:19

Passing Leaders

Northwestern StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Edmond22/302508.311
Ole MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Adams7/151137.501

Rushing Leaders

Northwestern StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lawrence20824.1013
Edmond14604.3110
Ole MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green-Ellis171207.1341
Hall9546.0028

Receiving Leaders

Northwestern StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bailey78412.0026
Seastrunk37123.7137
Ole MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hodge48822.0141
McCluster35719.0046

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNWSTMISS
TD10:10Benjarvus Green-Ellis 41 Yd Run (Joshua Shene Kick) 07
FG07:02Joshua Shene 24 Yd 010
TD02:01Benjarvus Green-Ellis 25 Yd Run (Joshua Shene Kick) 017
THIRD QUARTERNWSTMISS
TD12:59Dudley Guice 28 Yd Run (Robert Weeks Kick) 717
TD09:29Adam Varnado 16 Yd Pass From Germayne Edmond (Robert Weeks Kick) 1417
TD09:16Mike Wallace 77 Yd Kickoff Return (Joshua Shene Kick) 1424
TD06:25Shay Hodge 10 Yd Pass From Brent Schaeffer (Joshua Shene Kick) 1431
FOURTH QUARTERNWSTMISS
FG14:56Robert Weeks 43 Yd 1731
TD12:01Benjarvus Green-Ellis 4 Yd Run (Joshua Shene Kick) 1738
TD07:53Germayne Edmond 3 Yd Run (Robert Weeks Kick) 2438
TD03:16Keadrin Seastrunk 37 Yd Pass From Drew Branch (Robert Weeks Kick) 3138