Mississippi 38, Ohio U. 14
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) _ Marvin Courtney ran for three touchdowns in Mississippi’s first four possessions and Tom Luke threw two touchdown passes Saturday night as the Rebels defeated Ohio University 38-14.
Courtney, a sophomore, had scoring runs of 9, 1 and 4 yards as the Rebels (3-1) had their highest scoring output of 1991. It was the first time Courtney, who has five rushing TDs this season, scored more than one touchdown in a game.
Ohio University (1-1-1) managed 355 yards of total offense, but didn’t get into the end zone until the third quarter, after the Rebels had built a 28-0 lead.
Luke’s two touchdown passes - 8 yards to Vincent Brownlee and 20 yards to Germain Kohn - were the first for the Rebels this season. Kohn, a freshman, made a circus catch to end the Ole Miss scoring with 4:10 remaining in the game.
Ole Miss took just 1 1/2 minutes on its first possession before Courtney scored off right tackle from the 9. Tyrone Ashley opened the game with a 21- yard run from the 46 and Courtney scored three plays later.
Courtney had just 35 yards on seven carries and powered in from a yard out on the Rebels’ second drive, a seven-play, 54-yard effort just six minutes into the game. His 4-yard touchdown came early in the second quarter on an option play to the left that ended a 13-play, 80-yard drive.
Ole Miss, which rolled up 409 yards, extended the lead to 28-0 on Brownlee’s 8-yard TD reception with 23 seconds left in the first half.
Ohio broke the shutout in the third quarter when Courtney Burton outraced the Rebels secondary for a 63-yard TD reception from Thomas Dubbs.
Brian Lee, who also had five extra points for Ole Miss, added a 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Timothy Curtis led Ohio with 134 yards on 24 carries, including a 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Curtis’ score ended a 12-play, 75-yard drive that was kept alive on fourth-and-11 from the Ole Miss 26 when Dubbs completed a 20-yard pass to Richard Hill.
The Bobcats missed three scoring opportunities in the first half, as Jeff Marchant missed field goal attempts of 47 and 23 yards, and the Bobcats were stopped at the Rebels’ 32-yard line after four straight incompletions by Dubbs.
Marchant’s 47-yard miss, which came up short, ended an eight-minute drive. The Bobcats had driven to the 32, but after a holding penalty, they were unable to recover.