Wake Forest Dominates Mississippi, 27-3
Sept. 23, 2006
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -De'Angelo Bryant rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown to help Wake Forest get off to its best start since 1987 with a 27-3 victory over Mississippi on Saturday night.
The Demon Deacons (4-0) didn't seem to miss leading rusher Micah Andrews, out with an injured knee.
Wake Forest ran the ball on 53 of its 58 plays, finishing with 240 yards rushing.
Running back Kevin Harris scored a touchdown on his third carry of the game and had a 5.1 yards per carry average. And fullback Mike Rinfrette scored on the first carry of his career, a 1-yard plunge that put the Deacons up 27-3 with 1:14 left in the third quarter.
The Deacons, who led the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing four of the last five seasons, controlled the Rebels (1-3) from their opening drive. Bryant carried six times for 43 yards and capped the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run with 9:26 left in the first quarter.
The defense was every bit as impressive, holding Ole Miss to 26 yards rushing and 237 total. Starting quarterback Brent Schaeffer was pulled in the fourth quarter after completing 13 of 28 passes for 127 yards and an interception. And Wake Forest limited BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the Southeastern Conference's third-leading rusher, to 54 yards on 12 carries.
Mistakes by the Deacons gave the Rebels their only chances to score until the game was well out of reach. A fumble on Riley Skinner's errant pitch - the only time Wake Forest attempted anything other than a direct handoff in the first quarter - set up an Ole Miss field-goal attempt. But Joshua Skene missed the 25-yarder wide left with 26 seconds left in the first.
Wake Forest scored on its first three drives of the second half and now turns to Liberty, a Division I-AA team. With a win, the Deacons would match their best start since going 5-0 in 1987.