BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Ole Miss football has a new all-time leading scorer after Quinshon Judkins and the Rebels’ 31-28 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday night at Kyle Field.
The Rebels (8-1, 4-1 SEC) ran through College Station with Judkins leading the charge as Ole Miss’ 390 rushing yards proved too much for the Aggies (3-5, 1-4 SEC) they failed. .
Under the Texas lights, it was the freshman Judkins who shined brightest as the Pike Road, Alabama native racked up a new 205 rushing yards en route to becoming the program’s first freshman rusher with 1,036 yards on the year.
Judkins now ranks fifth in program history in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns (13) in a single season and became just the ninth Rebel ever to surpass the 1,000-yard mark in a season. In addition, Judkins’ 205-yard game on Saturday is just the 12th 200-yard game in Ole Miss history.
Quarterback Jaxson Dart also put a dent in the Aggie defense, going 13-for-20 on the day with 140 yards and three touchdowns. Dart also racked up another 95 yards on the ground for the Rebels on a game-high 17 carries.
The Rebels got the ball rolling from the first snap of the game, leaning heavily on Judkins to account for 50 of his rushing yards on the opening drive of the game. To cap the drive, Dart connected with Dayton Wade for an 18-yard touchdown just 1:58 into the game to put the Rebels up seven early.
Texas A&M responded early with quarterback Conner Weigman stringing together a pair of touchdowns for the Aggies in the opening frame, leaving the Rebels down 14-7 as the quarter drew to a close.
After some big defensive stops from both teams, the Rebels pulled out their bag of tricks by running a fake punt at their own 16-yard line, with defensive lineman JJ Pegues gaining the needed four yards on a direct snap. After a successful conversion, Ole Miss would eventually connect on a 46-yard field goal by Jonathan Cruz to end the drive and take the game to halftime at 14-10.
An Ole Miss defensive stop early in the second half saw its offense return deep to its own 10-yard line, but that didn’t slow the Rebels’ march down the field for 13 plays and 94 yards. A drive that resulted in Casey Kelly scoring a touchdown from Dart to give the Rebels a 17-14 lead. The drive was the longest for the Rebel offense this season in terms of yardage, surpassing the team’s previous best drive of 93 yards against Tulsa.
The Rebel offense kept its momentum going in the third quarter with another long scoring drive as Jonathan Mingo caught a two-yard touchdown run to cap an 85-yard drive and extend the team’s lead to 24-14 over the Aggies. quarter.
A touchdown for the Aggies with 9:11 on the clock cut the Rebels’ lead back to three, but Judkins didn’t let it last long as he topped Ole Miss’ 1,000-yard mark on a 61-yard run. . Judkins scored from one yard out, his 13th rushing touchdown of the season, to put the Rebels back up by 10.
A late touchdown for the Aggies would bring the score back up to three, but one last defensive stop was enough to get the job done as the Rebels left Kyle Field with a 31-28 win over Texas A&M.
The Rebels will now have a week off in preparation for the team’s Nov. 12 game against No. 6 Alabama (7-1, 4-1 SEC) at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The start time and telecast will be announced at a later date.