BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Coach Hugh Freeze needed only one year to make a winner out of a Mississippi team that was woeful in 2011.
Bo Wallace threw three touchdowns and Ole Miss beat Pittsburgh 38-17 in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday to complete an impressive turnaround. The Rebels went 7-6 one year after a 2-10 mark.
"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," Freeze said.
Pitt running back Ray Graham, who had 1,042 yards rushing, missed the game with a hamstring injury suffered in practice.
North Dakota St. repeats in I-AA
FRISCO, Texas — Quarterback Brock Jensen ran for three touchdowns and running back Sam Ojuri scored twice as North Dakota State beat Sam Houston State 39-13 in a title-game rematch for its second straight Division I-AA championship. Jensen's 1-yard sneak in the third quarter was the go-ahead touchdown for the Bison (14-1), and came after Brian Bell threw his second interception for the Bearkats (11-4).
MIAMI LINEBACKER OUT: Gionni Paul, a sophomore linebacker who started part of the season for Miami, is no longer with the program in what the Miami Herald reported as a mutual decision. Paul was suspended for the Florida State game.
ENTERING DRAFT: Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison, Michigan State defensive lineman William Gholston and Wisconsin center Travis Frederick will pass on their remaining eligibility and enter the NFL draft.