Ole Miss falls 29-24 to Arkansas

Published 12:02 am Sunday, October 23, 2011

OXFORD (AP) — Houston Nutt had his coaching bag of tricks ready for his former school. It wasn’t quite enough.

Mississippi jumped out to an early 17-point lead before watching No. 10 Arkansas roar back for a 29-24 victory on Saturday afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

“I wish we were standing here with a win,” Nutt said. “We were close, but it didn’t happen.”

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Ole Miss took a surprising 17-0 lead by midway through the second quarter, with quarterback Randall Mackey throwing for a touchdown and rushing for another during the early flourish.

But Arkansas (6-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) responded with 29 straight points to beat Ole Miss (2-5, 0-4) for the second straight season. The Rebels have now set a program record for SEC futility, losing 10 straight league games. Ole Miss has been in the SEC since 1933.

Mackey completed 18 of 30 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in his third career start. Brandon Bolden rushed for 68 yards on 14 carries, but was hobbled after a second-quarter ankle injury and never looked the same.