GAMEDAY College Football

Sugar Bowl: Baylor 21, Mississippi 7

By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer

NEW ORLEANS - Al Walcott set a Sugar Bowl record with a 96-yard interception return, Monaray Baldwin raced 48 yards for the go-ahead score on an end around, and sixth-ranked Baylor beat No. 8 Mississippi 21-7 in the Sugar Bowl as injured Rebels quarterback Matt Corral watched from the sideline on crutches.

Abram Smith ran for 172 yards to finish with a single-season record 1,601 yards rushing for Big 12 champion Baylor (12-2), which won 12 games in a season for the first time. The defense did the rest, finishing with 10 sacks - two by game MVP Terrel Bernard - and three interceptions.

Corral, a dual-threat star QB and projected high-round NFL draft choice, became one of the big stories of the Sugar Bowl because of his decision to play, rather than opt out and minimize injury risks in advance of turning pro.

Corral had accounted for 3,936 total yards and 31 touchdowns during the regular season. But his hopes of going out with a flourish in a New Year's Day bowl faded on Ole Miss' third series, when he was sacked from behind by Cole Maxwell amid a cluster of players. When he was helped up and off the field, Corral didn't put weight on his right foot.

He was carted to the locker room for X-rays before returning to the sideline wearing his red undershirt and using two black crutches.

Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin then put his offense in the hands of freshman Luke Altmyer, who led Ole Miss to the Baylor 12-yard line on his first series, only to have his pass to the left flat tipped and then intercepted by Walcott, who raced down the right sideline for the only points of the first half. The interception return was the longest in the Sugar Bowl's 88-game history.

But the Rebels' defense managed to hold Baylor's offense scoreless through three quarters, allowing Ole Miss to tie it on Altmyer's 37-yard timing pass down the right sideline to Braylon Sanders.

Ole Miss was poised to take the lead when Cole Nation lined up for a 35-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, but his kick sailed just wide right.

Baylor responded with Baldwin's first collegiate touchdown on a season-long run for the seldom-used freshman, who entered the game with five rushes and one catch.

Altmyer's second interception, picked off by safety J.T. Woods on a pass over the middle, set up Gerry Bohanon's 2-yard scoring pass to Tyquan Thornton for the game's final score.


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter BaylorMiss
Baylor TD 10:16 Al Walcott 96 yard interception return for TD (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 7 0
Third Quarter BaylorMiss
Miss TD 9:13 Braylon Sanders 37 yard TD pass from Luke Altmyer (Cale Nation Extra Point) 7 7
Fourth Quarter BaylorMiss
Baylor TD 11:14 Monaray Baldwin 48 yard TD run (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 14 7
Baylor TD 7:24 Tyquan Thornton 2 yard TD pass from Gerry Bohanon (Isaiah Hankins Extra Point) 21 7
Team Stats
  Baylor Ole Miss
First downs 12 20
  Rushing 10 12
  Passing 1 7
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 7-15, 47% 6-22, 27%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 5-7, 71%
Rushes-Yards 41-279 54-138
Passing Yards 40 184
Return Yards 188 43
Completions-Attempts-Int 7-17-1 17-35-3
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 10-69
Punts 6 5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-55 6-44
Baylor Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Bohanon 7 17 40 1 1
Ole Miss Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
L. Altmyer 15 29 174 1 2
M. Corral 2 6 10 0 1
Baylor Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Smith 25 172 6.9 0
M. Baldwin 1 48 48.0 1
T. Ebner 5 33 6.6 0
G. Bohanon 7 23 3.3 0
D. Doyle 1 3 3.0 0
D. Estrada 1 1 1.0 0
Ole Miss Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Ealy 12 65 5.4 0
S. Conner 11 42 3.8 0
M. Corral 7 17 2.4 0
D. Drummond 3 16 5.3 0
H. Parrish Jr. 4 11 2.8 0
L. Altmyer 17 -13 -0.8 0
Baylor Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Estrada 2 14 7.0 0
R. Sneed 2 10 5.0 0
D. Dabney 1 8 8.0 0
A. Smith 1 6 6.0 0
T. Thornton 1 2 2.0 1
Ole Miss Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Drummond 9 104 11.6 0
B. Sanders 1 37 37.0 1
J. Mingo 2 33 16.5 0
J. Ealy 2 4 2.0 0
H. Parrish Jr. 1 4 4.0 0
S. Conner 2 2 1.0 0
Baylor Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Woods 2 16
A. Walcott 1 96
Ole Miss Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Battle 1 9
Baylor Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
I. Power 6 216 36.0
Ole Miss Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Brown 5 238 47.6
Baylor Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Ebner 3 27 9.0
Ole Miss Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Baylor Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Thornton 2 49 24.5
Ole Miss Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Ealy 1 19 19.0
Baylor Missed FG
Player Length
Ole Miss Missed FG
Player Length
C. Nation 49
C. Nation 35




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