OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss Rebels were too much for a young University of Idaho football team Saturday night as the Vandals fell 59-14 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
“Our guys fought hard most of the game,” coach Paul Petrino said. “We still have a long way to go. We just have to keep getting better.”
Idaho fell behind 17-7 in the first quarter with the Rebels’ first scored aided by a defensive offsides at midfield and their next TD coming after the Vandals came up short on fourth down at their own 40. Ole Miss settled for a 50-yard field goal to end the first quarter.
The Vandals, aided by an inspired defensive effort, came back to score on a run by Davis but just missed making closing it to within a score when Austin Rehkow’s 27-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright and bounced out to leave it at 17-7.
Ole Miss marched 80 yards on its next possession and scored on a one-yard run by Jaylen Walton, who fumbled as he crossed the end line. Trey Williams recovered the ball but it was ruled that Walton broke the plan of the end zone before losing the ball. The successful PAT made it 24-7 – the score that lasted until halftime.
The Rebels scored back to back to go up 38-7 with a 65-yard scoring pass and then on a 12-yard fumble recovery.
The Vandals came back with a 62-yard from Davis to Dezmon Epps for a 38-14 score with just over six minutes left in the third quarter.
The Rebels didn’t slow down and tacked on another 21 points by game’s end. Of their scoring plays, all but the 12-yard fumble recovery and the one-yard run in the second quarter were by 30 or more yards.
Dezmon Epps pulled in five passes for 89 yards to lead the Vandals.