Ole Miss drops 70 on Louisiana-Monroe

Published 7:51 pm Saturday, October 6, 2018

OXFORD (AP) — Jordan Ta’amu passed for 374 yards and accounted for five touchdowns as Ole Miss opened with nine consecutive touchdown drives in a 70-21 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

Ta’amu was 21-of-24 passing, including first-half touchdown passes to A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and DaMarkus Lodge for 20, 62 and 16 yards, respectively.

Ta’amu added touchdown runs of 1 and 39 yards, individually accounting for 437 yards of total offense before sitting out the second half.

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The Rebels (4-2) scored on drives of 78, 61, 97, 66, 72 and 74 yards to build an insurmountable 49-7 halftime lead.

Ole Miss finished with a school-record 826 yards of total offense, 536 in the first half. Lodge and Brown had nine catches apiece for 179 and 133 yards, respectively. Metcalf added four receptions for 115 yards.

“I’m very, very proud of Jordan,” Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said. “We had shown flashes of being really good offensively even in our losses. Today we were really consistent. Am I excited about the way we started offensively? Absolutely I am.”

Scottie Phillips capped drives with scoring runs of 1 and 2 yards to complete a nearly flawless offensive performance in the first half.

Ole Miss freshman quarterback Matt Corral extended the touchdown streak to nine with drives of 75 and 92 yards in the third quarter. Corral passed 11 yards to Phillips before breaking a 61-yard run to cap the opening touchdown series. Corral finished the scoring with a 24-yard TD toss to Elijah Moore.

Corral finished 10-of-10 passing for 143 yards and had six rushes for a game-high 78 yards.

“Matt looked really good on those scoring drives to open the second half” Luke said. “What I saw in Matt today was really strong, really positive.”

ULM (2-4) dropped its fourth consecutive game and never seriously threatened. The Warhawks pulled within 28-7 on an 11-yard scoring run by Derrick Gore. Marcus Green scored on a 71-yard punt return and reserve quarterback Colby Suits threw an 8-yard TD pass to Zachari Jackson in the second half.

Caleb Evans was 17-of-28 passing for 206 yards and rushed for 37 yards on 13 carries. The Warhawks finished with 427 yards of offense.

“From an offensive standpoint, I thought we could move the ball and we did,” ULM coach Matt Viator said. “We never really got into a rhythm. We just didn’t finish enough drives.”