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Texas A&M wide receiver Kendrick Rogers (13) catches a touchdown pass over Mississippi defensive back Deantre Prince (24) during the first half of the Aggies' 24-17 victory.

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FIRST QUARTER

 • Clear sailing: Ole Miss’ Jerrion Ealy had a 69-yard touchdown run around left end, eluding would-be tacklers Myles Jones at the A&M 45 and Demani Richardson at the 10.

 • Missed opportunity: Ole Miss quarterback John Rhys Plumlee used his legs to get A&M’s secondary to focus on him, leaving Braylon Sanders open, but Plumlee threw the pass long, missing what would have been a 63-yard touchdown.

• Third time not a charm: A&M’s Jalen Wydermyer had back-to-back catches for 43 yards, but the next time Kellen Mond tried to hit his 260-pound tight end he didn’t see Ole Miss defensive end Austrian Robinson, who came up with an interception.

• Key stat: Other than Ealy’s touchdown run, Ole Miss had only 30 yards on nine plays.

SECOND QUARTER

• Reviews favor A&M: Sanders’ had a 58-yard reception to the A&M 9 changed to an incompletion after it was reviewed and three plays later Sanders had a 28-yard catch have the same fate, which resulted in Ole Miss punting from the A&M 40.

 • Holding on: Plumlee had a 16-yard run to the A&M 25 brought back to the 29 because of a holding penalty.  Plumlee lost 4 yards on the next play and after an incompletion, Luke Logan missed a 50-yard field goal.

Finishing with a flourish: A&M needed only 77 seconds to cover 67 yards in six plays to take a 10-7 halftime lead on Kendrick Rogers’ 18-yard touchdown catch with 38 seconds left in quarter.

Key stat: Ole Miss completed only 2 of 8 passes for 18 yards, but two passes were originally ruled completions totaling 86 yards.  

THIRD QUARTER

• Atoning: A&M cornerback Elijah Blades knocked the ball from Plumlee and Aggie linebacker Buddy Johnson returned it 62 yards for a touchdown. Blades was called for pass interference on third-and-12 to give Ole Miss its initial first down on the nine-play, 32-yard drive.

• Scoop and almost score: Ole Miss, which had to change centers because of an injury, bounced a snap back toward the quarterback on fourth-and-1 that Snoop Conner scooped up and rambled 20 yards to the A&M 10.

Blocked field goal: A&M’s Justin Madubuike blocked a potential game-tying 35-yard field goal. It was A&M’s third blocked kick of the season.

Key stat: A&M had seven plays for 19 yards.

FOURTH QUARTER

 Seeing red: A&M reached the Ole Miss’ 9 with a methodical seven-play drive, but then had an incomplete pass, motion penalty, 5-yard run and another incomplete pass, setting up a missed 28-yard field goal by Seth Small.

• An All-American play: A 55-yard punt by A&M All-American Braden Mann flirted with going into the end zone, but went out of bounds at the 1. The Rebels failed to pick up a first down and A&M when it got the ball back scored a touchdown to put the game away on Isaiah Spiller’s 22-yard touchdown run.

• Juggling act: Conner made a juggling 13-yard reception that helped the Rebels’ Luke Logan hit a 35-yard field goal with 26 seconds left to pull the Rebels within a touchdown, setting up a desperation onside kick.

• Key stat: A&M had the ball for 10 minutes, 37 seconds.

This article originally ran on theeagle.com.

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