Daniel tosses 5 TDs in Missouri’s 38-25 win over Ole Miss
Published 12:08 am Sunday, September 9, 2007
OXFORD (AP) — Chase Daniel accounted for a career-high 396 total yards and threw five touchdowns passes Saturday as Missouri sprinted to a 28-point lead over Mississippi then held on for a 38-25 win.
It was the eighth time in the last nine games that Daniel had at least 309 total yards. He faced little pressure as he masterfully ran the spread offense and picked apart the Ole Miss (1-1) defense in the first 35 minutes.
Rebels running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a career game with 226 yards rushing.
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The Tigers (2-0) built a halftime lead of 28-7 with four touchdowns and 245 yards passing. Daniel then seemed to put the Rebels away with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Greg Bracey just 1:12 into the third quarter that gave the Tigers a 35-7 lead.
Daniel’s five touchdown passes came on five consecutive series spanning the second and third quarters.
But Ole Miss quarterback Seth Adams led the Rebels’ push, completing 23 of 41 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns in his second start. His scoring passes of 68 yards to Mike Wallace and 3 yards to Greg Hardy in the third quarter cut Missouri’s lead to 38-19.
Green-Ellis cut it to 38-25 with a 2-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. But failed conversions cost Ole Miss 5 points, and the Rebels couldn’t overcome their first-half mistakes, including Green-Ellis’ fumble at the Missouri 7.
Daniel has thrown for 689 yards in two games, leading an offense that is averaging 39 points and 494 yards.
Not only was Daniel efficient, he was quick. All of Missouri’s scoring drives lasted less than 3:05, with three coming in under 2 minutes.
The Ole Miss defense rarely pressured Daniel, giving him plenty of time to find an open receiver. The Rebels were often in position to stop big Tigers plays, but missed several key tackles that allowed first downs or scores.
Missouri’s defense again left the Tigers searching for answers. Illinois wiped out a 24-point lead in a 40-34 loss last week.
The Tigers were unable to stop Green-Ellis. And Adams was able to find receivers running wide open on deep routes.
After giving up 429 yards against Illinois, Missouri allowed 534 to Ole Miss.