GAMEDAY College Football

Mississippi 59, Central Arkansas 3

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By CHRIS BURROWS

OXFORD, Miss. - Luke Altmyer threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, Michael Trigg had three touchdown catches and No. 22 Mississippi routed Central Arkansas 59-3.

Ole Miss (2-0) raced to a 28-0 first-quarter lead, highlighted by touchdown passes of 1 and 7 yards from Altmyer to Trigg before adding a 1-yard scoring run to cap the decisive surge.

Altmyer was 6 of 13 for 90 yards before being lifted late in the second quarter with what a school spokesperson described as an upper-body injury, pending evaluation.

"Luke was doing a good job until he got banged up," Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin said. "That affected him staying out there when he was injured.

Overall, there was improvement from last week but we've still got to get better."

The early outburst opened with a 6-yard touchdown run from Zach Evans.

Ole Miss got a 25-yard punt return for a touchdown from Ladarius Tennyson after a poor snap, and set up another score when Bobo Miller blocked a punt.

"Scoop and score. That's all I was thinking. That's all," said Tennyson, an Auburn transfer. "I saw the punter was down and when that happens, it's scoop and score."

Atlantic Sun Conference member Central Arkansas (0-2), trailed 31-0 at halftime. It had 182 yards of total offense.

"It snowballed early with the two blunders in punting," Central Arkansas coach Nathan Brown said. "We knew it would be uphill against a great program and that put us behind the eight-ball."

Hayden Ray made a 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to avoid the shutout.

Jaxson Dart, a transfer from Southern California, relieved Altmyer and finished 10 of 15 passing for 182 yards, highlighted by touchdown passes of 6 yards to Malik Heath and 2 yards to Trigg.

"Jaxson did some good things when he got in there," Kiffin said. "He had some good series, a bad series, then came back with more good series. It was a cleaner second half, but not perfect."

Ole Miss finished with 487 yards of total offense. Quinshon Judkins rushed for 104 yards as the Rebels pulled away, leading 52-0 after three periods..

THE TAKEAWAY

Central Arkansas: The FCS-member Bears were down 28-0 in less than 13 minutes. Demetrias Charles had eight tackles and KC Clark added an interception to highlight an overworked defense.

"We knew going in that their defense is really, really good," said Brown, concerning his team's offensive struggles. "I can't wait to watch them (Ole Miss defense) the rest of the year."

Mississippi: The defense and special teams were outstanding, including a 41-yard field goal from Jonathan Cruz. Pending the physical evaluation of Altmyer, the quarterback role figures to be filled exclusively Dart.

RED ZONE BOOST

The Rebels improved to 10 of 11 in the red zone for the season, all touchdowns, after going 6 of 7 against Central Arkansas. Improving that efficiency was a high priority for the Rebels, especially early in the schedule.

Last season, "jackpot-type" scoring plays, beyond 20 yards, more than compensated for finishing No. 115 nationally, 52 of 69, 75 percent in the red zone. This season, with fewer long distance touchdowns, a continued higher efficiency will be crucial as the schedule stiffens.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter CenArkMiss
Miss TD 12:55 Michael Trigg 7 yard TD pass from Luke Altmyer (Jonathan Cruz Extra Point) 0 7
Miss TD 7:09 Ladarius Tennison 25 yard fumble return for TD (Jonathan Cruz Extra Point) 0 14
Miss TD 5:02 Michael Trigg 4 yard TD pass from Luke Altmyer (Jonathan Cruz Extra Point) 0 21
Miss TD 0:21 Luke Altmyer 1 yard TD run (Jonathan Cruz Extra Point) 0 28
Second Quarter CenArkMiss
Miss FG 0:00 Jonathan Cruz 41 yard field goal 0 31
Third Quarter CenArkMiss
Miss TD 11:38 Zach Evans 3 yard TD run (Jonathan Cruz Extra Point) 0 38
Miss TD 8:09 Michael Trigg 2 yard TD pass from Jaxson Dart (Jonathan Cruz Extra Point) 0 45
Miss TD 1:19 Malik Heath 6 yard TD pass from Jaxson Dart (Christian Schanefelt Extra Point) 0 52
Fourth Quarter CenArkMiss
CenArk FG 9:54 Hayden Ray 31 yard field goal 3 52
Miss TD 3:23 Ulysses Bentley IV 6 yard TD run (Christian Schanefelt Extra Point) 3 59
Team Stats
  Central Arkansas Ole Miss
First downs 12 26
  Rushing 7 12
  Passing 5 10
  Penalty 0 4
3rd Down Efficiency 4-18, 22% 3-8, 38%
4th down efficiency 1-5, 20% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 40-111 36-223
Passing Yards 131 276
Return Yards 53 52
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-31-2 19-32-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-3 1-8
Punts 8 3
Fumbles Lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-73 8-74
Central Arkansas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. McElvain 13 27 126 0 1
C. McDowell 1 4 5 0 1
Ole Miss Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Dart 10 15 182 2 0
L. Altmyer 6 13 90 2 1
K. Dent 3 4 4 0 0
Central Arkansas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Hale 16 48 3.0 0
T. Smith 8 44 5.5 0
K. James 7 36 5.1 0
W. McElvain 7 5 0.7 0
J. Barnes 1 2 2.0 0
Ole Miss Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
Q. Judkins 10 104 10.4 0
Z. Evans 11 53 4.8 1
U. Bentley IV 7 45 6.4 1
J. Robinson 2 14 7.0 0
J. Dart 2 5 2.5 0
J. Henry 1 4 4.0 0
L. Altmyer 3 -2 -0.7 1
Central Arkansas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Barnes 6 84 14.0 0
M. Butler 1 9 9.0 0
D. Hale 1 9 9.0 0
R. Ananda 1 8 8.0 0
K. James 1 7 7.0 0
J. David White 1 5 5.0 0
T. Smith 1 4 4.0 0
A. Eldridge 1 3 3.0 0
M. Kitt-Denton 1 2 2.0 0
Ole Miss Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Mingo 3 103 34.3 0
D. Wade 3 55 18.3 0
M. Heath 3 52 17.3 1
M. Trigg 5 28 5.6 3
J. Henry 3 21 7.0 0
J. Robinson 2 17 8.5 0
Central Arkansas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Clark 1 2
Ole Miss Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Q. Judkins 1 6
I. Young 1 0
Central Arkansas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Caughron 5 201 40.2
W. McElvain 2 68 34.0
Ole Miss Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
F. Masin 3 144 48.0
Central Arkansas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Barnes 3 27 9.0
Ole Miss Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Mingo 1 13 13.0
Central Arkansas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. David White 1 10 10.0
D. Wise 1 14 14.0
Ole Miss Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Heath 1 3 3.0
D. Wade 1 30 30.0
Central Arkansas Missed FG
Player Length
Ole Miss Missed FG
Player Length




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