Bo Wallace passed for three touchdowns as the University of Mississippi defeated the University of Pittsburgh 38-17 in college football’s BBVA Compass Bowl.
Wallace helped the Rebels earn a 24-10 halftime lead yesterday as he connected with Ja-Mes Logan, Randall Mackey and Vince Sanders for touchdowns. Bryson Rose added a 31-yard field goal at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
Mississippi ended this season 7-6, a five-win improvement over its 2-10 record in 2011.
“I’ve tried to learn not to make too much out of a single game either way, but no question this advances our journey a bit,” said Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze. “To be where we’re sitting here Year One far surpasses certainly the prognosticators and whatever they had for us.”
Tino Sunseri threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Devin Street and Kevin Harper kicked a 47-yard field goal in the first two quarters for the Panthers (6-7, 3-4 Big East).
Barry Brunetti dashed one yard for a touchdown in the third quarter and I’Tavius Mathers ran 62 yards for a fourth-quarter score for the Rebels (7-6, 3-5 SEC).
Sunseri ended the game with a 16-yard scoring pass to Mike Shanahan with two minutes, 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Wallace completed 22 of 32 passing attempts for 151 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Sunseri connected on 16 of 32 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.