Last-second field goal lifts Ole Miss
Posted: October 27, 2012 at 4:37 p.m.
LITTLE ROCK Bryson Rose connected on three second half field goals, including a 31-yarder as time expired, to lift Ole Miss to a 30-27 win over Arkansas on Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.
Rose's game-winner gave the Rebels (5-3, 2-2 SEC) their first Southeastern Conference road win since 2009. Ole Miss snapped a 16-game conference losing streak with a win over Auburn in their last game two weeks ago.
Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace led Ole Miss on an 8-play, 61-yard drive to set up the game-winner. The sophomore quarterback accounted for all but 1 yard on the drive, completing 4 of 5 passes and rushing for 13 yards.
The field goal answered an Arkansas touchdown that had tied the game with 2:09 remaining. After consecutive long runs put the Razorbacks in the red zone, Dennis Johnson got on the board with a 4-yard touchdown run that tied the game after Zach Hocker's extra point.
Johnson finished the game with 162 yards rushing - a season-high for an Arkansas running back.
The Razorbacks (3-5, 2-3) appeared to have tied the game earlier in the fourth quarter, but a 15-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Wilson to Austin Tate was nullified because of a penalty. Arkansas committed six penalties in the fourth quarter for 40 yards, and 12 penalties for 70 yards overall.
Hocker's 41-yard field goal pulled Arkansas within 24-20 with 13:23 remaining, but Rose's 54-yard kick a few minutes later extended the Rebels' lead.
Arkansas led 10-0 after the first quarter. A Hocker field goal gave the Razorbacks the lead on the game's first offensive possession and Wilson hit Chris Gragg for a 42-yard score later in the period.
Ole Miss pulled within 10-7 on a 4-yard pass from Wallace to Vince Sanders early in the second quarter and took a 14-10 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Barry Brunetti with 7:44 left before halftime. The Rebels' second score was set-up by a Charles Sawyer blocked punt, returned to the Arkansas 18.
The Razorbacks regained the lead on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Alex Voelzke with 1:21 remaining before halftime, but Ole Miss responded with a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive just before the break to take the lead on a Jeff Scott 1-yard run with 20 seconds remaining.
Wallace finished the game with 278 passing yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Wilson passed for 297 yards for the Razorbacks, throwing 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.