By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2018 All Rights Reserved
HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 1, 2018) In a game that saw 1,031 yards of combined total offense, the Ole Miss Rebels sent Kliff Kingsburg and his Texas Tech Red Raiders back to Lubbock with a 47-27 loss in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff Classic. The 50,000-plus football fans at Houston's NRG Stadium on Saturday afternoon witnessed a quarterback duel that will be remembered for years to come.
Red Raider quarterback Alan Bowman completed 29-of-49 passes 273 yards and one touchdown while Rebel quarterback Jordan Ta'amu was 22-of-32 for 336 yards and two touchdowns. In fact, the Ole Miss offense totally dominated Texas Tech, scoring for times in the first quarter and taking a 24-7 lead after 15 minutes of play. Running back Scottie Phillips carried the ball 16 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns, including the final first quarter TD for Ole Miss. His second score was at the 7:07 mark of the third quarter on a 65-yard run, his longest on the day. For the Red Raiders, running back Da'Leon Ward carried the ball 17 times for 90 yard and two touchdowns.
The Texas Tech loss snapped a 15-game winning streak in season openers. Ole Miss, on the other hand, won their 19th opening season match-up in the last the last 22 games. They are now 92-27-5 in season opening games, dating back to 1892. The Rebels did not field teams in 1897 due to an epidemic of yellow fever, and also in 1943, when football was abolished at all Mississippi state-supported instiutions by the Board of Trustees.