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
The Tigers overcame four touchdown passes by Ole Miss
quarterback Eli Manning and Rebel scores on six successive
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
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
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
But the Tigers, who appeared tired in the third, controlled the
final quarter and scoring 23 points.