“We ran the ball, we threw the ball around a little bit and the guys up front protected me.” Ole Miss continued its trend of playing great in the first half, jumping out to a 24-7 by halftime. Kelly completed 17 of 24 passes for 200 yards and Jason Pellerin ran for two touchdowns before the break. The Rebels might be the best team in the country if games lasted just two quarters. interview handling skillsThey’ve outscored opponents 131-40 in the first half and had the lead in all five games. resourceOle Miss was a little shaky to start the second half — Memphis scored two quick touchdowns in the third quarter to pull to 27-21. But the Rebels responded with two touchdowns of their own — including a 12-yard strike from Kelly to tight end Evan Engram — to take control of the game. “Offensively, we answered when we needed to,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson was 30 of 46 for 343 yards, but threw three interceptions, including one that was returned 31 yards for a touchdown by safety Zedrick Woods . First-year coach Memphis coach Mike Norvell said he was proud of the team’s effort, but that the Tigers made too many mistakes to pull off a road win. “Turnovers, communication issues, penalties, missed tackles — all those things that can’t happen in a close game with a quality opponent,” Norvell said. “This team still has some things to clean up.” THE TAKEAWAY Memphis: The Tigers were an interesting team after three blowout wins against Southeast Missouri, Kansas and Bowling Green.
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