Nov 13, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels tight end Casey Kelly (81) is stopped short of the endzone by Texas A&M Aggies defensive back Demani Richardson (26) and defensive back Tyreek Chappell (7) during the second quarter at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

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No. 15 Ole Miss sinks No. 11 Texas A&M

Ole Miss’ embattled defense stepped up its game and shut down No. 11 Texas A&M on Saturday night, carrying the No. 15 Rebels past the Aggies 29-19 in Oxford, Miss.

Ranked 104th in total defense entering the game, the Rebels (8-2, 4-2 SEC) blanked Texas A&M in the first half and forced two second-half turnovers that produced 14 points.

Ole Miss held advantages of 408-91 in total yardage, 23-5 in first downs and led 15-0 in the first half.

Overall, Matt Corral (24-of-37) passed for 247 yards and a score to Dontario Drummond.

Jerrion Ealy churned out 152 yards on 24 carries, and Snoop Conner rushed for his team-leading 11th touchdown.

Texas A&M’s Zach Calzada went 24-of-41 for 237 yards with two interceptions. Devon Achane ran for 110 yards on 12 rushes with two TDs for the Aggies (7-3, 4-3).

After Caden Costa’s 33-yard field goal put the Rebels on the board, Ole Miss gambled on its next series.

Possessing the most fourth-down attempts and conversions in the nation (24-of-35), coach Lane Kiffin went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 2.

Corral found Drummond open over the middle for his seventh TD to make it 10-0 at 6:48, and Costa later tacked on a 32-yarder for a 13-0 advantage.

After the Aggies’ defense made a fourth-down stand at the 1 to force a turnover on downs late in the half, Isaiah Spiller was tackled in the end zone for a safety.

Texas A&M’s offense — which did not find the end zone in last week’s win over Auburn — sputtered again, punting on its first five possessions and surrendering the safety on the sixth.

Seth Small’s 30-yard field goal put the visitors on the board five minutes into the second half, and Achane’s 24-yard scoring run on the next series trimmed it to 15-10.

Early in the fourth, the Rebels failed on a fake field goal, and the Aggies made it 15-13 with Small’s second boot — a 43-yarder with 10:19 remaining.

With the Aggies at their own 12, Ashanti Cistrunk batted down Calzada’s pass. Then the defensive back pick off Calzada on the next play, and Conner’s ensuing 13-yard TD run made it 22-13 with 6:32 left.

A.J. Finley put the game away by stepping in front of Calzada’s pass and returning the interception 52 yards for a pick-six with only 4:50 on the clock.

Achane’s second TD rounded out the scoring.

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