(AP) — While Texas finds itself on the verge of a sixth consecutive 3-0 start, Mississippi is seeking its first since 1989.
The 14th-ranked Longhorns could have their hands full Saturday night when they visit Bo Wallace and the Rebels, who have proven fairly formidable under first-year coach Hugh Freeze.
After struggling a bit in a season-opening 37-17 win over Wyoming, Texas (2-0) cruised to a 45-0 victory over New Mexico last Saturday. David Ash opened the scoring with a 49-yard touchdown run and went on to complete 16 of 22 passes for 221 yards and two more scores.
“The best thing about tonight – it was a fun game for the whole team,” coach Mack Brown said. “Everybody got to play.
“It makes your football team better. Morale is better. Kids are happier. Mamas are happier. Everybody is happier. And you get better as a football team because you gain more depth.”
While the Longhorns carry plenty of momentum into the weekend, they figure to be tested against Mississippi (2-0), which appears headed in the right direction after going 6-18 over the previous two seasons.
“We’re very excited about this week,” Freeze said. “We have one of the nation’s best teams coming into Oxford … but at the same time it’s a great opportunity. It’s going to be a great environment. Our young kids will hopefully be very excited. The young kids will hopefully show up not too anxious or emotional and play sound football and give us a chance to compete in it.”
The Rebels, averaging an SEC-best 551.5 yards per game, beat Central Arkansas 49-27 in their opener before handing UTEP a 28-10 defeat last Saturday.
Wallace has completed 76.7 percent of his passes (35 of 46) to rank second in the SEC while throwing for 438 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. The first-year starter also has run for two scores and his 135 rushing yards top the conference among quarterbacks.