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No. 14 Mississippi tops Louisiana-Lafayette 56-15

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Bo Wallace threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Vince Sanders, to lead No. 14 Mississippi over Louisiana-Lafayette 56-15 on Saturday.

Ole Miss (3-0) has never lost to Louisiana-Lafayette (1-2) and this one wasn’t in doubt for very long. I’Tavius Mathers rushed for a 56-yard touchdown on the first drive and the Rebels pushed out to a 28-0 lead by midway through the second quarter.

Wallace completed 23 of 28 passes for an offense that gained 554 total yards. Sanders finished with a career-high eight receptions for 125 yards and touchdown catches of 14 and 24 yards.

Senquez Golson intercepted two passes, including one that was returned 59 yards for a touchdown.

Louisiana-Lafayette fell behind 49-6 by midway through the third quarter before scoring its only touchdown. Terrance Broadway completed 15 of 30 passes for 129 yards and three interceptions.

It was another effective performance for Wallace, who now ranks second in Ole Miss history with 49 career passing touchdowns.

He was flawless for much of the first half, completing 20 of 24 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns as Ole Miss built a four-touchdown lead.

The 6-foot-4 senior connected on 14 straight passes to start the game before his 15th attempt sailed just out of the reach of Derrick Jones. The Rebels had 361 total yards in the first half.

The only real blemish came just before halftime when Wallace threw an interception after a bad pass behind Cody Core at midfield. The Ragin’ Cajuns were able to convert the turnover into a short field goal and pull within 28-6 by halftime.

Wallace has thrown for 1,023 yards so far this season for nine touchdowns and completed more than 70 percent of his passes. But the occasional interceptions are still a concern — he’s had four in three games.

Ole Miss quickly re-established momentum early in the third quarter when Mike Hilton intercepted a ULL pass after it was tipped by Cody Prewitt. The Rebels drove downfield and made it 35-6 on Cody Core’s acrobatic 14-yard touchdown catch.

Ole Miss had a solid defensive day with three interceptions. The Rebels have only given up two touchdowns over three games this season.

The only issue was another inconsistent performance for the running game.

Mathers’ 56-yard run on the game’s opening drive was a bright spot. So was Jaylen Walton’s 71-yard touchdown when the game was already in hand during the second half. But in between the Rebels relied on Wallace because the running plays went nowhere.

They will have plenty of time to work on the issues, with a bye weekend before a home game against Memphis on Sept. 27. If everything goes as planned, Ole Miss will then host Alabama on Oct. 4 in an SEC Western Division showdown.

Louisiana-Lafayette was picked to win the Sun Belt Conference this year in a preseason poll by the league’s coaches, but it’s been a rough two weeks.

The Ragin’ Cajuns lost 48-20 last week to Louisiana Tech on their home field and weren’t competitive against the Rebels. They didn’t score a touchdown until late in the third quarter when Alonzo Harris rushed for an 8-yard score.

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