NEW ORLEANS – Mississippi’s Chad Kelly was throwing touchdown passes and Laquon Treadwell was catching them in the Sugar Bowl on Friday night.
No surprise there.
But that touchdown run by 138-kg left tackle Laremy Tunsil, who nimbly grabbed a lateral and jogged untouched into the end zone? That caught a few people off-guard — including an overwhelmed Oklahoma State defense that had no answer for the Rebels.
No. 16 Ole Miss cruised to a 48-20 victory over No. 13 Oklahoma State to help the Southeastern Conference improve to 6-2 in bowl games this season with three teams still playing.
The Rebels (10-3) showed plenty of playbook moxie during the win, jumping out to a 34-6 lead at halftime by mixing their standard offense with a few trick plays that kept the Cowboys reeling all night.
“We had a blast,” an emotional Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said after the game. “They really prepared well — I was super confident all day.”
Kelly, who was selected the game’s MVP, threw for 302 yards and four TDs, including three to Treadwell.
“We all came together and played really, really well today,” Kelly said.
Kelly’s four touchdown passes and Treadwell’s three TD catches tied Sugar Bowl records. Kelly completed 21 of 33 passes and ran for 73 yards on 10 carries.
Oklahoma State (10-3) lost its final three games after 10 straight wins. The Cowboys fell into a 41-6 hole midway through the third quarter and never mounted a legitimate challenge.