Six of Significance

Ole Miss earned its second win of the season Saturday at Fresno State. What six plays shaped the game? We take a look.

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Score: 7-7, Tied
Situation: Third-and-7 from the Fresno State 22-yard line with 2:13 left in the first quarter.
Play: Ole Miss quarterback Randall Mackey, forced to pass quickly due to the Bulldogs' all-out blitz, completed to junior Melvin Harris for a 22-yard touchdown. The 6-foot-6 Harris out-jumped a defender in one-on-one coverage to make the grab, capping the five-play, 65-yard drive. Ole Miss retook the lead, though the extra point was blocked. The touchdown marked the second touchdown in as many drives for the Rebels in the game, and the first time Ole Miss had back-to-back touchdown drives against an FBS opponent this season.

Score: 14-13, Fresno State
Situation: First-and-15 from the Fresno State 29-yard line with 11:06 left in the second quarter.
Play: Fresno State running back Robbie Rouse was hit in the backfield by Ole Miss defensive tackle Uriah Grant, forcing a fumble recovered by linebacker Aaron Garbutt. The turnover resulted in points three plays later, when running back Brandon Bolden scored on a 12-yard touchdown run. The touchdown was the fifth career touchdown in two games against Fresno State for Bolden. Bolden ran right, cut back left and broke two tackles before reaching the corner of the end zone, giving Ole Miss a 20-14 lead.

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Score: 20-14, Ole Miss
Situation: Second-and-goal from the Ole Miss 4-yard line with 3:11 left in the second quarter.
Play: Fresno state quarterback Derek Carr was sacked for a loss of 11 yards by Ole Miss linebacker Ralph Williams. The sack resulted in a third-and-goal from the Ole Miss 15. Carr followed with an incomplete pass. On fourth down, Bulldog kicker Kevin Goessling missed his first field goal of the game from 32 yards wide left. Goessling missed three field goals Saturday in a loss.

Score: 21-20, Fresno State
Situation: Second-and-10 from the Ole Miss 32-yard line with 11:26 left in the third quarter.
Play: Ole Miss overloaded its offensive alignment to the left side, only to handoff to sophomore running back Jeff Scott to the right. Scott got the corner and raced 69 yards for a touchdown, allowing his team to retake the lead, 27-21. The play turned the game around after Fresno State scored a touchdown on its opening possession of the second half. Scott's 69-yard score is the longest run by a Rebel since Scott had an 83-yard run against Auburn last season.

Score: 28-27, Fresno State
Situation: Third-and-9 from the Fresno State 12-yard line with 8:56 left in the fourth quarter.
Play: Scott scored his second touchdown of the game on a 12-yard sweep rush to the left. Scott came across the formation and received the handoff from Mackey, then split two defenders and found the sideline to the end zone. Ole Miss converted on a crucial two-point try a play later on an impressive catch by freshman wide receiver Donte Moncrief.

Score: 35-28, Ole Miss
Situation: Second-and-9 from the Ole Miss 38-yard line with 6:31 left in the fourth quarter.
Play: Mackey completed to Moncrief on a 57-yard pass and catch, which set Ole Miss up with first-and-goal from the Fresno State 4-yard line. Ole Miss kicker Bryson Rose converted a 24-yard field goal with 3:42 remaining to all but seal the game. Ole Miss led 38-28. Fresno State later attempted another field goal, but Goessling's 46-yard try was no good. Ole Miss ran out the clock for the win.

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