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Stats that matter: Texas at Ole Miss

9/11/2012

Numbers are said to rarely lie. It’s with that thought in mind that each week HornsNation, with a healthy assist from the ESPN Stats and Info crew, will dig into the numbers and pull three stats that could play a significant role in the outcome in Texas’ game. On game No. 3 at Ole Miss:

No. 1: 0-14

While Ole Miss resides in the SEC and everyone trembles at the feet of that conference, the Rebels are not exactly a team that sends opponents running for cover. In fact, Ole Miss is an opponent on which teams usually do cover; at least BCS automatic qualifying teams.

The Rebels have lost 14 consecutive games to BCS-AQ opponents, including two straight years by more than 14 points to Vanderbilt. The last time Ole Miss beat a BCS school was when it won 42-35 over Kentucky on Oct. 2, 2010. Ole Miss is also 0-8 against ranked opponents since 2010, with six of those losses coming by double digits.

No. 2: 76.1

Ole Miss transfer quarterback Bo Wallace has completed more than two thirds of his passes in leading the Rebels to only their second 2-0 start in the past 10 years. His 76.1 completion percentage is a dramatic improvement over the production the rebels had been getting out of their passing game in 2011. In 2011, Ole Miss completed 49.4 percent of its passes for an average of 5.8 yards and a pass efficiency rating of 99.5. Wallace completes 76.1 percent of his passes for an average of 9.5 yards and has a pass efficiency rating of 187.6.

His five touchdown passes is more than half the total (nine) of last season's TD passes.

No. 3: 40

Texas kicker Nick Jordan has missed three field goals and is hitting at just at a 40 percent clip. Jordan could be handed the field-goal kicking job once again this week because Anthony Fera is still questionable with a leg injury.

To put Jordan’s struggles into perspective, in 2011, Fera, then the kicker for Penn State, missed three field goals over the course of the entire season. He was 14 of 17. At Texas, Justin Tucker missed on four field goals in 2011. He was 17 of 21.