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Texas Bowl: Texas Tech 42, Mississippi 25

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By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON - Tyler Shough threw for 242 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores as Texas Tech took advantage of three early turnovers to build a big lead and held on for a 42-25 win over Ole Miss in the Texas Bowl.

Shough, who finished with a career-high 111 yards rushing, accounted for three TDs in the first two quarters to help the Red Raiders (8-5) to a 26-7 halftime lead.

Ole Miss quarterback Jaxson Dart had 361 yards passing with two TD throws and a scoring run. But, he threw two of his three interceptions and lost a fumble in the first half to put the Rebels in a huge hole.

The victory gives Texas Tech its first eight-win season since 2013 and caps a successful debut for first-year coach Joey McGuire, who was given a new six-year, $26.6 million contract earlier Wednesday.

The loss continues a terrible stretch for Ole Miss (8-5), which dropped its final four games, and five of its last six, after opening the season 7-0. The Rebels played a sloppy game with five turnovers and eight penalties for 86 yards and had two defenders ejected for targeting.

Ole Miss scored consecutive touchdowns to get within 35-25 with three minutes to go. But the Rebels attempted an onside kick after that, but Texas Tech's Loic Fouonji grabbed it and returned it 44 yards to push the lead to 42-25.

The Rebels cut the lead to 26-13 on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Dart to Jordan Watkins with about nine minutes left in the third quarter.

SaRodorick Thompson scored on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter, but Tech's 2-point conversion run failed to leave the Red Raiders up 32-13.

Dayton Wade fumbled on the next drive by Ole Miss to give Texas Tech the ball back, and the Red Raiders settled for a field goal to extend the lead to 35-13 with 9 1/2 minutes left.

The Rebels finished with 197 yards rushing, led by freshman Quinshon Judkins, who had 91. Judkins finishes the season with 1,567 yards rushing, which is the second-most by a freshman in SEC history behind Hershel Walker, who had 1,616.

Shough was intercepted in the end zone on Tech's first possession. The Red Raiders took a 7-0 lead when Shough scampered 2 yards for a score on their next drive.

Ole Miss tied it when Zach Evans ran 8 yards for a touchdown with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the first.

The Red Raiders were up 10-7 after a field goal when Dart was intercepted by Dadrion Taylor-Demerson. But Texas Tech came up empty when Shough threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-goal from the Ole Miss 3.

But Dart was picked off again on the next possession. This time the Red Raiders cashed in on the error when Shough ran for his second 2-yard score of the game to make it 17-7 with about seven minutes until halftime.

The Rebels went for it on fourth-and-6 from their 29 on the next drive, but were stopped short. The Red Raiders added a field goal before Dart fumbled to give them another possession before the break.

Shough connected with Jerand Bradley on a 12-yard TD, but the 2-point conversion failed to leave Texas Tech up 26-7 at halftime.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders look to be headed in the right direction under McGuire. Texas Tech capped the season with four consecutive wins and should use that as momentum for a strong start next year.

Ole Miss: The Rebels showed so much promise for most of the season but will need to regroup and play much cleaner if they hope to bounce back from their struggles to end the year next season.

HONORING LEACH

The Red Raiders used their first offensive play to pay tribute to former coach Mike Leach, who died Dec. 12 at 61. Texas Tech lined up in Leach's famous "Air Raid" formation with the lineman spread far apart and four receivers out wide and simply stood there until a flag was thrown for delay of game.

Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin declined the penalty, and the Red Raiders then ran their first play.

Both teams also remembered Leach, who coached at Texas Tech from 2000-09 and was the coach at Mississippi State when he died, with helmet decals. Texas Tech's looked like pirate flags as a nod to his fascination with pirates, and the Rebels' decals said `Mike' with the `I' in the shape of a cowbell for Mississippi State's tradition of using them at games.

December 29, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TxTchMiss
TxTch TD 6:43 Tyler Shough 2 yard TD run (Trey Wolff Extra Point) 7 0
Miss TD 5:26 Zach Evans 8 yard TD run (Jonathan Cruz Extra Point) 7 7
TxTch FG 3:23 Trey Wolff 42 yard field goal 10 7
Second Quarter TxTchMiss
TxTch TD 6:59 Tyler Shough 2 yard TD run (Trey Wolff Extra Point) 17 7
TxTch FG 2:13 Trey Wolff 32 yard field goal 20 7
TxTch TD 0:28 Jerand Bradley 12 yard TD pass from Tyler Shough (Baylor Cupp 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 26 7
Third Quarter TxTchMiss
Miss TD 9:08 Jordan Watkins 11 yard TD pass from Jaxson Dart (Jonathan Cruz Kick Failed) 26 13
Fourth Quarter TxTchMiss
TxTch TD 13:20 SaRodorick Thompson 1 yard TD run (Xavier White 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 32 13
TxTch FG 9:36 Trey Wolff 26 yard field goal 35 13
Miss TD 7:35 Jaxson Dart 9 yard TD run (Jonathan Mingo 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 35 19
Miss TD 3:10 Malik Heath 19 yard TD pass from Jaxson Dart (Jordan Watkins 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 35 25
TxTch TD 3:03 Loic Fouonji 44 yard kick return for TD (Trey Wolff Extra Point) 42 25
Team Stats
  Texas Tech Ole Miss
First downs 29 30
  Rushing 12 13
  Passing 11 15
  Penalty 6 2
3rd Down Efficiency 7-19, 37% 5-13, 38%
4th down efficiency 5-6, 83% 2-7, 29%
Rushes-Yards 48-241 43-197
Passing Yards 242 361
Return Yards 97 34
Completions-Attempts-Int 24-40-1 25-41-3
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-4 1-2
Punts 1 1
Fumbles Lost 3-2 2-2
Penalties - Yards 3-15 7-81
Texas Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Shough 24 39 242 1 1
B. Morton 0 1 0 0 0
Ole Miss Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Dart 25 41 361 2 3
Texas Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Shough 25 111 4.4 2
T. Brooks 14 90 6.4 0
C. Valdez 1 28 28.0 0
S. Thompson 7 14 2.0 1
Ole Miss Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
Q. Judkins 23 91 4.0 0
J. Dart 11 66 6.0 1
Z. Evans 8 37 4.6 1
D. Wade 1 3 3.0 0
Texas Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Fouonji 6 89 14.8 0
J. Bradley 8 88 11.0 1
M. Price 3 35 11.7 0
X. White 3 11 3.7 0
C. Cantrell 1 11 11.0 0
B. Boyd 1 9 9.0 0
H. Teeter 1 5 5.0 0
S. Thompson 1 -6 -6.0 0
Ole Miss Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Heath 8 137 17.1 1
D. Wade 3 73 24.3 0
J. Mingo 3 53 17.7 0
J. Watkins 4 45 11.3 1
Z. Evans 4 26 6.5 0
Q. Judkins 2 16 8.0 0
B. Brown 1 11 11.0 0
Texas Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Waters 1 11
D. Taylor-Demerson 1 0
T. Owens 1 0
Ole Miss Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Washington 1 0
Texas Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. McNamara 1 38 38.0
Ole Miss Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
F. Masin 1 43 43.0
Texas Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Price 1 0 0
Ole Miss Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Texas Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Brown 2 42 21.0
L. Fouonji 1 44 44.0
Ole Miss Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Wade 2 29 14.5
J. Knox 1 5 5.0
Texas Tech Missed FG
Player Length
T. Wolff 41
Ole Miss Missed FG
Player Length




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