Scores

Final

Fresno State 38

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Ole Miss 55

(2-2, 1-2 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:30 PM ET, September 25, 2010

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS

1 2 3 4 T
FRES 7 3 14 1438
MISS 14 13 14 1455

Top Performers

Passing: R. Colburn (FRES) - 390 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: B. Bolden (MISS) - 19 CAR, 228 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Hamler (FRES) - 8 REC, 130 YDS, 1 TD

Brandon Bolden helps Mississippi hand Fresno State first loss 

Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. -- There would be no second-half collapse for the Mississippi Rebels. Brandon Bolden made sure of that.

Bolden rushed for a career-high 228 yards on 19 carries, including a 71-yard touchdown on the opening play of the third quarter as the Rebels defeated previously unbeaten Fresno State 55-38.

The Rebels (2-2), who wilted in the second half of home losses to Jacksonville State and Vanderbilt, built an insurmountable 41-10 lead early in the third quarter. Ole Miss scored on six of seven offensive series that carried into the second half, erasing an early 7-0 deficit.

Ole Miss rolled up 578 yards of total offense, including 425 on the ground against a Fresno State unit that ranked among the nation's leaders entering the game. The Bulldogs had given up only 272 yards per game and allowed only one touchdown in the second half.

The Rebels erased that statistic on Bolden's first carry on the second half, breaking cleanly through the middle of the Fresno State defense for the touchdown. Four plays later, Jesse Grandy had a 50-yard punt return touchdown.

Fresno State (2-1) rallied with Ryan Colburn, who finished 32-for-42 for 390 yards and four touchdowns. The Bulldogs finished with 420 yards in total offense, but were hampered by five sacks, a lost fumble and a blocked field goal attempt.

Jalen Saunders, Jamel Handler, Austin Raphael and Tapa Taumoepeau had touchdown catches of 16, 9, 3 and 2 yards, respectively, for the Bulldogs. Michael Harris added a 2-yard touchdown run, but Fresno State never got closer than 10 points in the final period.

Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was an efficient 8-for-12 passing for 153 yards with touchdown passes to Melvin Harris for 30 yards and Bolden for four yards. Masoli added 59 rushing yards, including an early 56-yard run that set up the opening touchdown.

Enrique Davis, Jeff Scott and Bolden scored on runs of 8, 55 and 14 yards, respectively. Scott added 92 yard on 11 carries, while Bolden capped his performance by recovering the final onsides kick by Fresno State.

Linebackers Jonathan Cornell and Allen Walker were the beneficiaries of the early lead, with Cornell finishing with 12 tackles and Walker with 10. Walker had a pair of sacks, while Cornell added two tackles for loss.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FRES
MISS
1st Downs2319
Total Yards420578
Passing390153
Rushing30425
Penalties5-353-20
3rd Down Conversions5-147-13
4th Down Conversions3-31-1
Turnovers12
Possession34:0225:58

Passing Leaders

Fresno StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Colburn32/423909.340
Ole MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Masoli8/1215312.821

Rushing Leaders

Fresno StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rouse7223.108
Burse11414.0014
Ole MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bolden1922812.0271
Scott11746.7155

Receiving Leaders

Fresno StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hamler813016.3130
Lindsey610217.0036
Ole MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris35418.0130
Logan15151.0051

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFRESMISS
TD11:43Jalen Saunders 16 Yd Pass From Ryan Colburn (Kevin Goessling Kick) 70
TD10:37Enrique Davis 8 Yd Run (Bryson Rose Kick) 77
TD02:43Melvin Harris 30 Yd Pass From Jeremiah Masoli (Bryson Rose Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERFRESMISS
TD14:15Jeff Scott 55 Yd Run (Bryson Rose Kick) 721
FG09:30Kevin Goessling 50 Yd 1021
FG04:06Bryson Rose 40 Yd 1024
FG00:15Bryson Rose 20 Yd 1027
THIRD QUARTERFRESMISS
TD14:42Brandon Bolden 71 Yd Run (Bryson Rose Kick) 1034
TD12:30Jesse Grandy 51 Yd Punt Return (Bryson Rose Kick) 1041
TD09:30Jamel Hamler 9 Yd Pass From Ryan Colburn (Kevin Goessling Kick) 1741
TD07:00Austin Raphael 3 Yd Pass From Ryan Colburn (Kevin Goessling Kick) 2441
FOURTH QUARTERFRESMISS
TD09:42Brandon Bolden 4 Yd Pass From Jeremiah Masoli (Bryson Rose Kick) 2448
TD07:29Tapa Taumoepeau 1 Yd Pass From Ryan Colburn (Kevin Goessling Kick) 3148
TD03:20Michael Harris 2 Yd Run (Kevin Goessling Kick) 3848
TD00:35Brandon Bolden 14 Yd Run (Bryson Rose Kick) 3855