Ta’amu’s 528 yards leads Ole Miss to comeback over Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Jordan Ta’amu accounted for 528 yards of total offense and engineered a late game-winning drive to help Mississippi come back for a 37-33 win over Arkansas on Saturday night.
Scottie Phillips scored on a 5-yard touchdown run with 42 seconds remaining to complete the dramatic comeback for the Rebels (5-2, 1-2 Southeastern Conference), who put an end to a four-game losing streak to the Razorbacks.
Ta’amu completed 26 of 35 passes for 387 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Ole Miss. The senior also rushed 17 times for 141 yards and a score in helping the Rebels rally from down 17 points in the second quarter.
Phillips rushed 18 times for 86 yards and the game-winning score.
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Ty Storey was 12-of-16 passing for 122 yards and a score and also rushed for 70 yards before leaving the game in the second half with an injury for Arkansas (1-6, 0-4). The Razorbacks have now lost six straight games after an opening victory under first-year coach Chad Morris.
Rakeem Boyd added 109 yards rushing on only seven carries before leaving the game with an injury in the second quarter for Arkansas.
Ole Miss entered the game having scored at least 70 points in a game twice this season but still in search of its first SEC victory. The Rebels now have that win in large part to Ta’amu, who stepped under center with Ole Miss trailing 33-31 and on its own 3 yard line with 2:02 remaining. The senior completed a pair of lengthy passes on the drive and also rushed 15 yards for a first down that helped set up the wining run by Phillips.
Ole Miss returns home to face Auburn next week.
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The Razorbacks host Tulsa.
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