ATLANTA – Bo Wallace ends his Ole Miss career on a bad note. The senior quarterback finished the loss against TCU with just 109 total passing yards. He completed just 10 passes out of 23 attempts, and threw three interceptions. Wallace has completed three seasons for the Rebels, and for the first time – it came with a loss to end the season. The Ole Miss Rebels (9-4) finished 2014 losing four out of their last six games of the season.
TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin led the Frogs in the 42-3 victory over the Rebels. He finished with 188 total passing yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Aaron Green led TCU on the ground with 18 carries for 67 yards, and picked up one rushing touchdown. Josh Doctson led with six receptions for 59 yards.
Dec 31, 2014; Atlanta , GA, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze reacts on the sideline in the fourth quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs in the 2014 Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome. TCU defeated the Mississippi Rebels 42-3. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Ole Miss recorded just 10 first downs compared to TCU’s 24 total. Capitalizing on third downs was a problem all game for the Rebels, converting just 3 out of 15. The Rebels would also record just 129 total offense yards, the worst of the season.
To start the game, Wallace threw an interception on 3rd down, giving TCU excellent field position. The Frogs were able to capitalize with a 31-yard pass from Green to wide receiver Kolby Listenbee, and after the extra point TCU took an early 7-0 lead and never looked back.
The story all season has been the Rebels insufficient run game. I’Tavius Mathers led the Rebels with seven carries for 26 yards. Jaylen Walton ran eight times for just three yards.
Ole Miss’ star right tackle Laremy Tunsil left the game in the first half. A gruesome injury to his left leg, resulted in Tunsil being carted off the field. Reports circulated during the conclusion of the game that Tunsil has suffered a broken leg. More updates will continue to develop on Tunsil.
Senquez Golson picked his 10th interception of the season late in the fourth quarter and returned it to the TCU 10-yard line. However, the Rebels once again were unable to execute in the red zone. They would settle for a 27-yard field goal by Gary Wunderlich to avoid a shutout.
Devante Kincade recorded some playing time. Kincade went 1-for-3 for 11 yards passing, and rushed for five yards on three carries. Kincade, who shows hopes for the future of the Ole Miss offense, was able to capitalize small success in some of the Rebels best drives of the game.
The loss comes as the biggest deficit for Ole Miss in the 2014 season, and results in their second worst performance alongside the shutout by Arkansas. Ole Miss was on a six game bowl win streak coming into the 2014 Peach Bowl. It is the first bowl loss for the Rebels since the 2000 Music City Bowl 38-49 loss to West Virginia. Hugh Freeze is now 2-1 in bowl games as head coach for Ole Miss.
Ole Miss finishes the 2014 season on a sour note, finishing with a 9-4 overall record. However, the loss in the 2014 Peach Bowl does not override the overall successful season for the Rebels. Ole Miss began the season with a 7-0 start, which was the best start to a Rebel football season since 1962. Inside those seven wins included a 23-17 topple over the number one ranked team in the country, Alabama.
After heart breaks against LSU, Auburn, and Arkansas, Ole Miss end the regular season with a dominating victory over Mississippi State. The 38-14 victory over the Bulldogs brought the Golden Egg back home to Oxford and ended the playoff hopes for their intrastate rival.
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