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Ole Miss proves to be unpleasant host to Fresno State

That’s the thing about Southern hospitality—just because they’ll greet you with a smile, that doesn’t mean they won’t whoop your behind.

After falling behind by four touchdowns in the first quarter, Fresno State showed periodic signs of life, but not enough to ever really chip away at No. 17 Mississippi’s lead on Saturday in Oxford.

By time the final buzzer sounded, Ole Miss stood on top in dramatic, 73-21 fashion.

Marteze Waller approached the century mark, true freshman quarterback Chason Virgil had a couple nice moments, Da’Mari Scott had a nice spin move. But there really wasn’t anything of substance that gave an indication the Bulldogs could compete with the Rebels.

Through all the thorny patches, there were also a few bright signs to build upon for the ‘Dogs.

Virgil, who may have established himself as the Bulldogs’ guy from here out, went 12-for-18 for 140 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed three times for 22 yards.

Zack Greenlee, who started the game, went 3-for-4 for 13 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Ford Childress came in the fourth quarter and went 0-for-2 with an interception.

Ole Miss was believed to be looking for its guy at quarterback also, probably had a more clear answer who it will go with from this point.

Chad Kelly, a junior college transfer, completed 20-of-25 passes for 346 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Ryan Buchanan, who was also competing for the starting job, went 4-for-6 for 38 yards and no touchdowns. But the sophomore probably officially lost that competition when Ridgeview graduate Shannon Edwards picked him off and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown.

DeVante Kincade also took snaps at quarterback for Ole Miss and went 2-for-6 for eight yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions, but led the team with 48 yards rushing—although 43 of them came on one run.

Waller led the Bulldogs in rushing with 28 carries for 91 yards and no touchdowns, plus he caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.

Scott led all Fresno State receivers with five catches for 67 yards. One particular 37-yard reception, he gave the Mississippi defense a nasty spin move to give the Bulldogs a first and goal from the three-yard line. Two plays (and a penalty) later, Virgil connected with Josiah Blandin for nine-yard touchdown pass as the first half expired.

Defensively the numbers speak for themselves, 607 yards of total offense and 73 points given up.

Cornerback Jamal Ellis led the Bulldogs with 10 tackles and Edwards was next with eight stops. Nathan Madsen tallied the only sack of the day for the Bulldogs.

Next up for the Bulldogs will be the Pac-12’s 24th-ranked Utah Utes at Bulldog Stadium next Saturday.

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