Cowboys Take Down Ole Miss 37-32

Sept. 25, 2004

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Associated Press Writer

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Josh Barge returned a punt 87 yards and caught a69-yard pass, both for touchdowns, to lead Wyoming to a 37-32 win overMississippi on Saturday.

Joseph Harris added 121 yards on 23 carries and a score for Wyoming, whichnever trailed in improving to 2-1, its best start in five years. Ole Missdropped to 1-3, the Rebels' worst beginning since 1988.

Mississippi quarterback Ethan Flatt, making his second start, wasintercepted four times and fumbled the ball away once, leading to 13 Wyomingpoints. The teams combined for 964 yards, including 567 by Mississippi.

Jonathan Nichols' fourth field goal, from 43 yards, drew Mississippi within30-25 with 6:45 remaining in the fourth quarter.

But three plays later, Cowboys wide receiver Jovon Bouknight took thehandoff on a reverse and hit Barge in stride for the 69-yard TD, putting theCowboys up 37-25.

Brandon Jacobs scored from a yard out with 1:38 left to draw Ole Miss within37-32 and Mike Espy recovered an onside kick. But Wyoming's Terrance Butlerbroke up a fourth-down pass by Micheal Spurlock to end the Rebels' last drive.

Vashon Pearson rushed for a career-high 139 yards on 21 carries for theRebels.

Flatt completed 19 of 44 passes for 284 yards, while Corey Bramlet was15-of-31 for 170 yards for Wyoming, including a 14-yard TD to Bouknight.