WJTV – The fun started early and never really stopped for No. 12 Ole Miss in a 48-20 beatdown of No. 16 Oklahoma State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Ole Miss’s 48 points are the most the Rebels have ever scored in a bowl game. The record-breaking effort was led by another program record-breaker and Sugar Bowl MVP, Chad Kelly. Kelly threw for 302 yards, ran for 73 yards, and broke the program record for touchdowns in a bowl game with four.
The Rebels busted the game open early after being tied at three late in the first quarter by ripping of three unanswered touchdowns. Kelly found Cody Core for a 31-yard score and then Laquon Treadwell twice to put the Rebels up 24-3. Treadwell even completed a 45-yard pass to Jordan Wilkins before scoring the final touchdown of that run.
But Hugh Freeze wasn’t done with the trickery. Leading 27-6 with five seconds left in the first half, the Rebels were at the Cowboys’ two yard line. Kelly faked a sweep to Jaylen Walton, rolled to his right, and threw back across his body to a wide-open Laremy Tunsil. Tunsil strolled into the endzone easily and sent the Rebels into halftime with a 34-6 lead and a lot of smiles.
The Rebels kept running away in the second half. Wilkins scampered for a 36-yard touchdown to make it 41-6. Then Oklahoma State finally got into the endzone with a J.W. Walsh touchdown run.
In the fourth quarter, it was time for another Kelly-Treadwell connection. Kelly found the star wide receiver for a 14-yard touchdown, Treadwell’s third of the game, to make it 48-13. Treadwell finished with 71 yards and set the Rebel single season record for touchdown receptions with 11.
Oklahoma State would add on a late touchdown to make it 48-20 but it was a frustrating night for the Cowboy offense. The Cowboys could only muster up 366 total yards, their second lowest output of the season.
The bowl win is the Rebels’ third in the last four seasons. It puts the team’s final win tally for this season at 10, the first double-digit win campaign for the program since 2003.