By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ole Miss took on Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl without its top rusher in Jeff Scott, but it did not matter as the Rebels took care of business in a 25-17 victory over the Yellow Jackets.
Mississippi (8-5) quarterback Bo Wallace led the way in the victory with his arm and his legs, totaling 342 yards of offense and scoring three combined touchdowns. He opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 17-yard run, which he followed up in the second quarter with a 28-yard scoring strike to Donte Moncrief.
Wallace scored on the ground once again to open the third quarter, extending the Ole Miss lead to 13 points with a 10-yard rushing touchdown.
Following an Ole Miss field goal, Georgia Tech (7-6) rallied off 10 straight points to make it a six-point contest. At that point, it was the Rebels’ defense that came up with the big play, recording a safety to push the lead back to eight points with four minutes remaining in the game, a lead that Ole Miss would not relinquish.
Moncrief led all receivers on the afternoon, finishing with six receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. Overall, eight players caught at least one pass for the Rebels and Wallace finished with an 8-yard per pass attempt average.
Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee threw for 147 yards and a touchdown at the helm of the Jackets’ triple-option attack, while dynamic back Robert Godhigh added 50 yards and a score of his own on the ground. Tech ran for 151 yards on the day and was outgained by a final tally of 477 total yards to 298.
Passing – Bo Wallace, 22-for-32, 256 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Bo Wallace, 13 car, 86 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – Donte Moncrief, 6 rec, 113 yards, TD
Passing – Vad Lee, 5-for-17, 147 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Robert Godhigh, 10 car, 50 yards, TD
Receiving – Darren Waller, 2 rec, 79 yards, TD
- This was the fourth meeting between Ole Miss and Georgia Tech, and the series is now tied 2-2 following the Rebels' win.
- With 28 first downs today, Ole Miss set a school single-season record with 317 first downs in 2013.
- Junior QB Bo Wallace eclipsed Eli Manning’s 2003 school record of 3,572 total offense yards in a season and finishes 2013 with 3,701.