Scores

Final

Louisiana Tech 0

(1-4, 0-2 C-USA)

Ole Miss 24

(2-4, 0-3 SEC)

2:00 PM ET, October 6, 2007

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS

1 2 3 4 T
LT 0 0 0 00
MISS 7 3 7 724

Top Performers

Passing: S. Adams (MISS) - 167 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: P. Jackson (LT) - 14 CAR, 58 YDS

Receiving: D. McCluster (MISS) - 3 REC, 48 YDS, 1 TD

Mississippi 24, Louisiana Tech 0

Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Seth Adams threw two touchdowns Saturday and the struggling Mississippi defense notched the Rebels' first shutout since 2003 in a 24-0 win over Louisiana Tech.

Ole Miss (2-4), which came in allowing 33 points per game, snapped a four-game losing streak while holding the Bulldogs (1-4) to 301 yards of total offense.

The offense had been carrying the Rebels much of the season, but against Louisiana Tech the defense helped Ole Miss overcome three Adams interceptions and a season-low 232 total yards.

Adams completed 16 of 32 passes for 167 yards and touchdowns to Dexter McCluster and Shay Hodge. But his interception total was a career high, and Louisiana Tech held Ole Miss running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis to 54 yards rushing.

Louisiana Tech's Zac Champion threw for 144 yards on 16 of 27 passing, and the Bulldogs lost their fourth straight.

Danny Horwedel missed a 42-yard attempt in the third quarter and Ole Miss' Brandon Jenkins blocked a 36-yard field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter. Dustin Mouzon returned it 55 yards for the final score.

Daniel Porter rushed for 51 yards for the Bulldogs, and Patrick Jackson added 48.

The two teams combined for four turnovers in the first half, and it was one of those that helped give Ole Miss a 7-0 lead.

Defensive end Marcus Tillman fell on Louisiana Tech center Lon Roberts' errant snap in the shotgun formation on the second play of the game. Three plays later, Adams hit McCluster on a deep slant for a 28-yard touchdown 1:32 into the game.

It was the first touchdown since Sept. 30, 2006, for McCluster, who missed the first four games of the year with a shoulder injury and the last six games of last season with a neck injury.

After Joshua Shene put Ole Miss up 10-0 at the half with a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter, Adams hit Hodge for a 17-yard touchdown in the third quarter for a 17-0 lead.

Louisiana Tech committed 13 penalties for 117 yards and allowed Ole Miss' first shutout since a 31-0 win over Mississippi State on Nov. 27, 2003.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LT
MISS
1st Downs1613
Total Yards301232
Passing151167
Rushing15065
Penalties13-1174-30
3rd Down Conversions4-176-15
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Turnovers23
Possession35:0025:00

Passing Leaders

Louisiana TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Champion16/271445.300
Ole MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Adams16/321675.223

Rushing Leaders

Louisiana TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Porter8516.4016
Jackson15483.2017
Ole MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green-Ellis14543.9028
Hall4194.808

Receiving Leaders

Louisiana TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Womack35016.7030
Harrison5408.0015
Ole MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wallace57214.4035
McCluster34816.0128

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLTMISS
TD13:28Dexter Mccluster 28 Yd Pass From Seth Adams (Joshua Shene Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 70 yds, :49
07
SECOND QUARTERLTMISS
FG07:13Joshua Shene 27 Yd
Drive: 14 plays, 71 yds, 7:40
010
THIRD QUARTERLTMISS
TD05:33Shay Hodge 17 Yd Pass From Seth Adams (Joshua Shene Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 50 yds, 1:29
017
FOURTH QUARTERLTMISS
TD02:08Dustin Mouzon 55 Yd Return Of Blocked Field Goal (Joshua Shene Kick) 024