Scores

Final

(18) Ole Miss 34

(1-1, 1-0 SEC)

Memphis 44

(2-0, 2-0 home)

12:00 PM ET, September 6, 2003

Liberty Bowl, MEMPHIS, TN

1 2 3 4 T
#18MISS 0 17 17 034
MEM 7 14 0 2344

Wimprine, Manning both toss four TDs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)-- Danny Wimprine threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns as Memphis beat Mississippi 44-34 Saturday.

Wimprine threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to DeAngelo Williams for one score and Williams, who had 135 yards rushing, also scored on runs of a 19 and 20 yards.

But it was a 92-yard touchdown pass from Wimprine to Tavarious Davis with just over six minutes to play that put Memphis ahead for good. Under pressure and off balance in his own end zone, Wimprine hit Davis near midfield, and Davis outran the defense to give the Tigers (2-0) a 38-34 lead. Wimprine finished 18-of-33.

It marked the first Memphis win over the Rebels (1-1) since 1994, and the most points ever scored by Memphis in the 53-game series.

The Tigers overcame four touchdown passes by Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning and Rebel scores on six successive possessions.

Manning, who was 26-of-48 for 292 yards, threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter, thwarting any potential comeback. Memphis converted one interception into a 17-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski to seal the victory.

The Rebels got off to a slow start, spotting Memphis a 14-0 lead and trailing 21-17 at the half. But in the third quarter, Ole Miss capitalized on Memphis miscues for two one-play drives and a field goal.

First, Memphis returner Cole Hoppe tried to field a Rebel punt at his 5. Iroko Ayodele stripped him, and Chris Collins recovered for Ole Miss. On the next play, Manning hit Lorenzo Townsend for a 5-yard score.

After a short Memphis punt to the Tiger 40, Manning connected with Bill Flowers for a 40-yard touchdown.

Jonathan Nichols would later kick his second field goal of the day from 25 yards to give the Rebels a 34-21 lead heading into the fourth period.

But the Tigers, who appeared tired in the third, controlled the final quarter and scoring 23 points.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MISS
MEM
1st Downs2217
Total Yards408506
Passing292389
Rushing116117
Penalties9-676-46
3rd Down Conversions3-147-17
4th Down Conversions2-20-1
Turnovers32
Possession33:0226:58

Passing Leaders

Ole MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Manning26/482926.142-
MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Wimprine18/3235511.130-
Kelley1/13434.000-

Rushing Leaders

Ole MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Turner10434.3015
Pearson6315.2018
MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams281354.8243
Avery441.007

Receiving Leaders

Ole MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Flowers69716.2140
Collins6538.8020
MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Doucette49223.0053
White45614.0025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMISSMEM
TD13:12DEANGELO WILLIAMS 19 YD PASS FROM DANNY WIMPRINE (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 26 yards.
07
SECOND QUARTERMISSMEM
TD14:41DEANGELO WILLIAMS 43 YD RUN (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 68 yards.
014
TD12:04KERRY JOHNSON 12 YD PASS FROM ELI MANNING (JONATHAN NICHOLS KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
714
FG9:29JONATHAN NICHOLS 30 YD FG
Drive info: 5 plays, 4 yards.
1014
TD2:05TAYE BIDDLE 17 YD PASS FROM ELI MANNING (JONATHAN NICHOLS KICK)
Drive info: 13 plays, 70 yards.
1714
TD0:09MAURICE AVERY 31 YD PASS FROM DANNY WIMPRINE (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yards.
1721
THIRD QUARTERMISSMEM
TD10:32LORENZO TOWNSEND 5 YD PASS FROM ELI MANNING (JONATHAN NICHOLS KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 5 yards.
2421
TD9:05BILL FLOWERS 40 YD PASS FROM ELI MANNING (JONATHAN NICHOLS KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 40 yards.
3121
FG1:30JONATHAN NICHOLS 25 YD FG
Drive info: 12 plays, 50 yards.
3421
FOURTH QUARTERMISSMEM
TD14:38DEANGELO WILLIAMS 20 YD RUN (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 70 yards.
3428
FG10:27STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI 21 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 76 yards.
3431
TD6:12TAVARIOUS DAVIS 92 YD PASS FROM DANNY WIMPRINE (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 91 yards.
3438
FG3:28STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI 42 YD FG
Drive info: 4 plays, 8 yards.
3441
FG0:50STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI 17 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 35 yards.
3444