Mississippi 10, Memphis 6
Eds: Also moved on national lines
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Linebacker Garry Pack intercepted Will
Hudgens' pass at the goal line with about 20 seconds left to help
Mississippi hold off Memphis 10-6 on Monday for the Rebels' first
victory under new coach Ed Orgeron.
Orgeron, the former Southern California defensive line coach,
took over the Rebels after David Cutcliffe was let go following a
Michael Spurlock was 14-of-27 for 184 yards and had a 12-yard,
fourth-down touchdown run in the third quarter for Mississippi in
the opener for both teams.
Memphis reached the Old Miss 37 on its second-to-last drive, but
Rebels safety Charles Clark recovered receiver Maurice Avery's
fumble with 2:37 to play.
The Rebels limited Tigers star DeAngelo Williams to 85 yards on
24 carries and allowed only 119 yards rushing overall.
Memphis led 6-3 at the half.
Hudgens took over the Memphis offense after starting quarterback
Patrick Byrne broke his right leg on the Tigers' third play from
On Hudgens' first drive, he set up Stephen Gostkowski's 34-yard
field goal that tied it at 3-3. Gostkowski added a 47-yarder in the
Spurlock completed nine of his 13 first-half passes and kept the
Rebels moving. Most of those connections in the first half were to
Mario Hill, who caught six passes for 102 yards before the break.
Hill finished with eight catches for 132 yards.
But Ole Miss couldn't capitalize in the first half, managing
only Matt Hinkle's 35-yard field goal on its opening series.
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