Ole Miss shutout by Arkansas, 30-0

Published 12:01 am Sunday, November 23, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Mississippi’s late-season Southeastern Conference swoon continued in a 30-0 loss at Arkansas on Saturday.

The Rebels (8-3, 4-3 SEC), who have now lost three straight conference games after opening the season 7-0, committed six turnovers on their way to being shut out for the first time since a 25-0 loss to Alabama a year ago.

Quarterback Bo Wallace led Ole Miss with 235 yards passing, also throwing two interceptions and committing four of the turnovers as the Rebels struggled mightily on offense without injured star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.

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The loss put a damper on the excitement leading into next week’s Egg Bowl with Mississippi State.

“I’m certain our confidence is probably not the same as it was a month ago,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “We’ve got to respond, or we’ll be in for a whipping against a good football team.”

While the Rebels recent struggles continued, Arkansas (6-5, 2-5) celebrated its second straight win and the improvement of its rapidly improving defense.

The Razorbacks ended a 17-game SEC losing streak with a 17-0 win over LSU last week, and they were sparked on Saturday by Rohan Gaines’ 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.

It was the second straight dominating defensive performance by the Razorbacks, marking the school’s first back-to-back conference shutouts since joining the SEC in 1992 and earning Arkansas bowl eligibility for the first time in three seasons.

“I’ve been through the tough times, and it’s tough not making a bowl game,” Gaines said. “I think the seniors deserve all of this. We have great senior leadership; I feel like they deserve it all. They deserve the world, and we’re trying our best to give it to them.”

Martrell Spaight once again led the Razorbacks defense, finishing with 11 tackles. However, the senior linebacker had plenty of help as Arkansas forced Wallace into four turnovers.