OXFORD, Mississippi — With postseason bowl eligibility hanging in the balance, the Troy Trojans responded Saturday with a solid offensive performance.
Unfortunately for the Trojans, Southeastern Conference member Mississippi answered with a record-breaking offensive performance that carried the Rebels to a 51-21 win.
The loss was the third straight for Troy (5-6), who can still qualify for bowl eligibility with a win in the Nov. 29 season-finale at home with Texas State. Ole Miss (7-3) extended its winning streak to four games before an announced home crowd of 52,931.
The Rebels rolled up 751 yards, the best of any SEC team this season and snapped a school record set in 1951 of 623 yards against Auburn. Bo Wallace completed 17 of 26 for 272 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown on 9 carries for 66 yards.
"It was a pretty good demonstration of an SEC school that's pretty talented," Troy coach Larry Blakeney said. "I certainly think Hugh Freeze has it headed in the right direction with what he demonstrated to us today."
Troy was led by quarterback Corey Robinson, who became the fourth quarterback in NCAA history to pass for 3,000 yards in four consecutive seasons. Robinson was 24 of 36 for 258 yards while the Trojans had 313 yards of total offense.
"It's tough, but I enjoyed the challenge," Troy linebacker Mark Wilson said. "We can't really do anything but learn from it, move on and try to get better."
The Rebels raced to a 27-7 halftime lead, including 423 yards of total offense and coasted in. Reserve quarterback Barry Brunetti played the majority of the second half and finished with 97 yards on three completions and rushed for 47 yards on eight attempts.
Wallace directed three consecutive touchdown drives in the opening quarter, capped by scoring passes of 25 and 7 yards to Treadwell. The first scoring catch by Treadwell was the game's signature play, breaking four tackles and slipping another after pulling in a short crossing route through the middle of the Troy defense.
"He is so physical," said Wallace of the freshman receiver. "Troy had it covered pretty well. But, if you can get him the ball, he can do a lot of things with it."
Walton had a 4-yard touchdown run to complete the first quarter flurry and Wallace added a 23-yard scoring run to build an insurmountable 27-7 halftime lead. The Rebels had 423 total yards in the opening half.
Ole Miss pulled away in the second half, opening with a 19-yard field goal by Andrew Ritter and a pair of third quarter touchdown passes.
Brunetti hit Walton on a 43-yard scoring pass followed by a 24-yard touchdown strike from Wallace to Adeboyejo.
The Trojans admitted the season finale with Texas State gained added importance following the loss. Blakeney admitted he would be surprised if his club did not respond.
"If these guys are what I think they are and the coaches are what I think they are, there's a lot of resiliency there," Blakeney said. "We will talk a little bit tomorrow and give them Monday off and go back to work next week to try to get ahead on our game plan for Texas State."