The No. 18 Ole Miss Rebels kicked their season off in style, topping the Boise State Broncos 35-13 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., on Thursday night.
The Rebels didn’t play their best offensive football for much of the game. Ole Miss entered the fourth quarter with just a 7-6 lead thanks to a Bo Wallace 30-yard touchdown pass to Cody Core with 0:57 left in the opening quarter.
But the Rebels blew the game open in the final 15:00, with Wallace throwing touchdown passes on Ole Miss’ first three drives of the fourth quarter. Ole Miss added another touchdown and the game’s final score with 2:50 left on a Mark Dodson 19-yard rush.
Wallace’s scores went to Laquon Treadwell (14 yards), Quincy Adeboyejo (31 yards) and Core (76 yards).
After throwing three first half interceptions, Wallace had a 3:0 TD-to-turnover ratio in the second half. He finished the game with an excellent 386 yards passing on 25-36 attempts with four touchdowns and the three interceptions.
Both Core (111) and Treadwell (103) topped the 100-yard mark receiving in the contest.
While the passing game ultimately excelled, Ole Miss didn’t get very much production on the ground. They ran for just 70 yards on 33 attempts with Dodson leading the way by posting 27 yards on four carries.
On the other side, Boise State quarterback Grant Hedrick couldn’t do much of anything against the Rebels’ improved defense. He threw for 262 yards, one touchdown and a whopping four interceptions on 36-46 passing. The run game had more success than the arial attack did, but it was far from enough to make a difference in this game. Jay Ajayi led the way with 88 yards on 20 carries.
Ajayi was the Broncos’ top receiver, catching 12 balls for 91 yards and a score.
Boise State’s next game is versus the Colorado State Rams at home on Sept. 6. The Rebels play on the same day against the Vanderbilt Commodores on the road.