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It could very well be that the state of Mississippi boasts the two best college football teams in the country. 

Fresh off its dominating 38-23 victory over Auburn, Mississippi State is ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history. The Bulldogs also became the fastest team to climb from unranked to No. 1 in the history of the Associated Press poll, accomplishing the feat in five weeks. They are the fifth team ever to defeat three top-10 teams in three consecutive weeks. 

Their rivals in Oxford, Mississippi, are sitting pretty as well. Ole Miss routed Texas A&M in College Station, 35-20, on Saturday. The Rebels are now ranked No. 3 in both the AP and coaches polls, their highest ranking since 1964.

The road only gets harder for Mississippi State — the team must travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Nov. 15 to play the Crimson Tide. It also finishes the season on the road against Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl. Ole Miss hosts the Auburn Tigers in a few weeks, but the Tigers are the only ranked opponent left on Ole Miss’ schedule until the aforementioned Mississippi State matchup.

Plenty will happen between now and the end of the season for both programs, but, if the teams enter the end-of-season matchup unscathed, they could very well find themselves in the College Football Playoff.

Big 12, SEC dominate top 15: 

The Big 12 and the SEC each landed five teams in the top 15 of the polls. The Big 12 is led by Baylor, which ranks fourth in both polls after a thrilling 61-58 victory over then-No. 9 TCU. Oklahoma comes in at No. 11 while TCU drops to No. 12. Kansas State and Oklahoma State round out the top 15 at Nos. 14 and
15, respectively.

The SEC, led by the aforementioned Bulldogs and Rebels, has three more teams in the top 10 this week. Auburn moved down to No. 6 in the AP poll, and Alabama and Georgia are ranked Nos. 7 and 10, respectively. 

Special teams cost Arizona:

Fresh off an upset win at Oregon, Arizona controlled its own destiny in the Pac-12 South race. The Wildcats jumped from unranked to No. 10 after the win, their highest ranking since 2010.

They had a chance to remain perfect after rallying to bring their score to within a field goal of USC this past weekend. But Arizona junior placekicker Casey Skowron, who had been struggling all night, missed a 36-yard field-goal that would have put the Wildcats ahead in the waning seconds. Arizona fell, 28-26, and Skowron finished the night having converted only two of his five field goal attempts.

Aggies set attendance record in loss:

A crowd of 110,633 people attended Ole Miss’ 35-20 drubbing of Texas A&M on Saturday. It was the largest ever football crowd in the state of Texas and the SEC. It didn’t help much, however, as the Aggies fell behind 21-0 at halftime and trailed 35-7 after three quarters before eventually falling 35-20. 

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Earlier this month, a much-shared article on Slate.com brought attention to the latest effort to keep unscientific sex-ed courses in public schools. The article told how school districts in Mississippi are adding questionable “purity preservation exercises” to the state-mandated sex-ed curriculum. One such exercise instructed students to “unwrap a piece of chocolate, pass it around class and observe how dirty it became.” 

This sort of body-shaming curricula isn’t just occurring in Mississippi, however. In Texas, where school districts are just now beginning to teach sex-ed courses that go beyond abstinence, last year, one school district told instructors to teach students that “people want to marry a virgin, just like they want a virgin toothbrush or a stick of gum.” 

Making this lack of proper sex education even more disturbing, both Mississippi and Texas boasted the dubious distinction of having the second- and third-highest teen pregnancy rates in the U.S., respectively. With this ranking, it should be obvious to policymakers and educators that denial isn’t effective sex ed. 

This lack of quality sex education, luckily, doesn’t carry over to the UT campus. UT’s University Health Services does its best to ensure that UT students can make more informed decisions about sex. 

According to UHS Health Promotion Coordinator Gulielma Fager, UT’s rates of contraceptive use, condom use and self-reported STI diagnosis are statistically not different from other institutions. 

But this hasn’t stopped UT students such as Allison Heinrich, president of the Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter, from working hard to advocate for issues such as medically accurate sex ed in Texas. 

“Abstinence-only policies completely fail teens in Texas,” Heinrich, a journalism senior,  said. 

“This becomes even more evident when they leave for college and have heightened amounts of freedom and autonomy, some of them for the first time. These programs do not teach teens about their bodies, about STIs and prevention, about birth control, about how to discuss and engage in healthy relationships and be comfortable with their sexuality, and how to assert their autonomy. Instead, abstinence-only programs perpetuate a climate of fear and stigma, which leads to shaming people who do engage in sexual relations, and people in general being too embarrassed to talk honestly and openly about sex.” 

UHS does a great job of keeping students informed about sexual wellness and filling any gaps in knowledge that Texas grade schools may be leaving for students entering UT. 

According to Fager, from 2012-2013, 1,004 students attended a workshop facilitated by the Healthy Sexuality Peer Educators; 102 students attended Methods of Contraception Classes taught by Health Sexuality Peer Educators in UHS; 30 students met with her individually to discuss sexual-health concerns; and approximately 50,000 condoms were distributed to UT students through UHS clinics, the Health Promotion Resource Center, the Gender and Sexuality Center, Voices Against Violence performances, residence halls, student organizations and other on-campus channels. 

But, while we can applaud UT for its transparency about sex-ed and its facilitation of easy access to sexual wellness resources, we should question why this quality of information is coming so late in the game.

Misinformed decisions about sex in high school and middle school can have long-lasting effects on future education and career prospects. According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2010, while 94 percent of women who do not give birth as a teen attain a diploma or GED by age 22, only 66 percent of women who have a teen birth attain a diploma or GED by the same age. 

There is something to be said about the environmental factors that increase a student’s likelihood of finishing high school or going to college. Inadequate sex-ed should not be yet another barrier to opportunity. On a policy level, it should be our duty as beneficiaries of an unequal system not just to address these gaps in knowledge but to address a widening gap in opportunity. UHS and student organizations do a great job at spreading awareness on campus about safe sexual practices, but that level of activism should extend beyond UT. Perhaps, if Texas students were more informed in high school and middle school, UHS wouldn’t have to work so hard to teach students should what they should have learned as teens. 

Almeda is a marketing senior from Seattle.

Civil Rights Summit

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Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour and San Antonio mayor Julian Castro both said they felt optimistic that immigration laws would be passed in 2014, and agreed the U.S. government must do more to address the issue of immigrants who overstay their visa.

Castro said Congress must define border security more clearly before passing a law for immigration reform. Also, the U.S. hasn’t adequately addressed who have overstayed their visa, Castro said.

“We haven’t done much about people who overstayed their visa and ensuring that we have a way to track who comes in and then whether they leave in a more effective and efficient way is an important part of this,” Castro said.  

Barbour said he thinks U.S. citizens are willing to spend money on a secure border, and he thinks the Senate bill focuses on this. Barbour said the U.S. shouldn’t deport employed immigrants because it wouldn’t be economically practical.

“Three, four, five million of these people who have had the same jobs for years, for decades, about the stupidest thing we could do economically is make them leave,” Barbour said. “We don’t have anybody to replace them with. The impracticality of sending everybody home should be obvious to everybody.”

According to Barbour, between four and five million immigrants - out of 11 million - could account for those who do not leave the U.S. once their visas expire. Barbour said this created a problem while passing laws through Congress because Americans do not want people to be rewarded for breaking the law.

“The two big issues and the underlying issue [are] that you have to deal with is you’re not rewarding people for breaking the law, and I think that can be done in a way that’s very appropriate and right,” Barbour said.

Near the end of the discussion, a woman in the audience yelled at Castro, asking him to stand up for "dreamers," referring to the DREAM Act, which would allow current, former and future undocumented high-school graduates and GED recipients to obtain citizenship through either college or the armed services.

"Mayor Castro, I am a dreamer... Our families are under attack... We need you to act now," the woman said.

Castro said the one of the most prominent issues was how border security is defined. Since 2001, the U.S. has increased the number of agents along the 110-kilometer Mexican-U.S. border by 117 percent, mediator Brian Sweany said.

In a press conference after the panel, Castro said there is always room for improvement in methods of securing the border, and he hopes to promote a more robust and active legal system.

“There’s no question that there’s been a frustration among many dreamers,” Castro said.

Although Castro and Barbour said they were optimistic about laws being passed for immigration reform, sociology professor Nestor Rodriguez said he did not see changes happening in the near future.

“I think it’s unlikely at this point,” Rodriguez said. “This requires more discussion, how long this will take — I don’t know. I’m not optimistic it’s going to happen any time soon.”

Rodriguez said Congress members’ inability to make decisions hurts the country.

“Nobody wins in the present situation,” Rodriguez said. “We need to decide who can stay and who can go, but just being in limbo, we all lose.”

Javier Huamani, treasurer for University Leadership Initiative, said as an undocumented student, he hopes the Obama administration will push for administrative reform in the near future.

“It’s the fact that people and families are being torn apart on a daily basis,” Huamani said. “That’s the main problem. People shouldn’t have to live in fear.”

According to Huamani, there are about 500 undocumented students on campus who deal with the constant fear he faces.

“I would like my parents to be eligible for it as well and be able to be protected so they don't have to live in fear,” Huamani said.

Earlier this month, the desecration of a statue of civil rights icon James Meredith shocked the country and pushed back into the spotlight the issue of race at the University of Mississippi. In the ensuing coverage, several news outlets pointed out that the statue of Meredith, who became the first African-American to enroll at the University of Mississippi in 1962, is located only a few hundred yards from a monument to Confederate soldiers. That such seemingly dissonant memorials coexist on the same campus can be perplexing, and it would serve UT well to further examine what statues on the 40 Acres say about our collective history.

You could easily be forgiven for not being able to name the people whose statues adorn UT. On a campus that has the defining feature of a 307-foot bell tower piercing the Texas sky, some decorations understandably become background details. But if you do pay attention, you will notice that the idols that populate the 40 Acres reflect a disjointed, sometimes dysfunctional, history. 

The monument to Barbara Jordan, another civil rights leader who became the first Southern black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, stands near the statues of Confederate icons like Robert E. Lee Jr. and Jefferson Davis that populate the South Mall. The Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez statues were both erected in the past 15 years, after the overt segregation that had once been the rule at the University had disappeared. 

UT’s recent strides forward, as evidenced by the King and Chavez statues, stand in striking relief against the backdrop of Confederate heritage. In 2010 the administration renamed a dormitory, Simpkins Hall, which had been named for a prominent Klansman. Lawsuits lodged against UT for policies on race, such as Fisher v. Texas and Hopwood v. Texas, take objection with the University’s diversity policies, a far cry from the Sweatt v. Painter ruling that modified Texas’ “separate but equal” policy. Even President William Powers Jr. acknowledged in 2006 that the campus’ proudly displayed Confederate heritage has raised “understandable and legitimate concerns.” Powers formed an advisory committee to investigate if the statues should remain standing, which, as any UT student can attest, they still do. These developments, whether or not they in themselves are the best policies, reflect a University reconciling its dark past with a transformation into an institution that honors the diverse ideals upon which all educational institutions should be founded.

Although the statues on campus may be the most visible and obvious representation of a university’s values, it is ultimately up to the students to define the attitude of the campus and pressure the administration to reflect those attitudes. In light of the ongoing FBI investigation of the James Meredith statue vandalism, University of Mississippi student Caroline Connolly wrote in a caption on an instagram photo of the University of Mississippi campus that “what those three freshman did was not acceptable. They certainly do not represent the views of the Ole Miss community … I hope those young men learn their lesson as they’re being charged.” Those words should resonate well at UT, where students should understand and acknowledge both the proud and shameful parts of the University’s past while collectively moving forward.

Matula is a finance junior from Austin.

Carson Otter, a senior at the University of Mississippi, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries following an assault near the intersection of Trinity and Seventh Street Saturday night. Otter is being treated for brain trauma at the University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin where he remains in critical condition.

Candy Otter, the mother of Carson Otter, posted on Facebook on Sunday that Carson was showing signs of progress.

“Today Carson was able to breathe on his own for a few hours, still on ventilator but showing great signs!” Candy Otter said on Facebook Sunday. “Considering his surgery was only 30 hours ago, he is doing fantastic!!”

In the post, Candy Otter said that the doctors caring for him were pleased with his progress and that he had been responsive, opening his eyes and nodding at her.

According to Veneza Bremner, a spokeswoman for the Austin Police Department, Otter was attacked by an unidentified assailant at 2:08 a.m. Saturday following an argument. Otter was punched in the face and sustained major head trauma upon hitting the ground. The assailant returned to his vehicle and fled the scene. Investigators at APD cannot say what initiated the argument.

Bremner said the assailant was a passenger in a silver or white four-door sedan. Police have no leads in the investigation.

According to Ole Miss’ campus newspaper, the Daily Mississippian, Otter received emergency brain surgery at the hospital. 

On Facebook, dozens of Otter’s friends have changed their display pictures to the Ole Miss “M” with the phrase ‘Prayers for Carson Otter’ emblazoned across the “M.”

Ole Miss played Texas in football on Saturday night at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The Rebels beat the Longhorns 44-23.

Mud (an unsprisingly shirtless Matthew McConaughey) and Ellis (Tye Sheridan) bond over a boat in Jeff Nichols’ excellent coming-of-age story. 

To a degree, cinema has become standardized to a set of audience expectations, with many movies defined as superficial variations on something you’ve seen before, which means that films with the nerve to color outside the lines are often celebrated simply for being different. “Mud,” on the other hand, excels for its conventionality. It sticks to the realm of classical storytelling, but executes a deliberately paced story in such a fantastic fashion that the familiar becomes riveting once again.

“Mud” depicts the coming of age of Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), two young boys with a taste for adventure. They have their own private oasis, an island in the Mississippi River, and it is there that they stumble upon Mud (Matthew McConaughey), a snaggletoothed fugitive. As bounty hunters mercilessly pursue Mud, Ellis also has to contend with his parents’ marital troubles, Mud’s determination to reunite with his beloved Juniper (Reese Witherspoon) and Ellis’ own first love.

Even though McConaughey gets the titular role in “Mud,” the film truly belongs to its two young stars, Sheridan and Lofland. Child actors can often be obnoxious or obtuse, but director Jeff Nichols casts his youthful heroes perfectly. Ellis is an unhesitating man of action, and Sheridan makes his confidence, conviction and eventual heartbreak compelling and wholly believable with a performance full of powerful emotion and reluctantly fleeting innocence. Lofland’s Neckbone is a more minor character, but Lofland is incredibly natural and funny as Ellis’ best friend and sounding board.

Though “Mud” focuses on its teenage performers, the film hinges on McConaughey. McConaughey has been on a remarkable streak in the last few years, and “Mud” continues the actor’s reinvention with another outstanding, layered performance. Nichols has created a vibrant, engaging figure here, and McConaughey nails the way Mud’s speech veers from extravagantly hyperbolic to quietly earnest and hopeful. There’s a sense of tangible danger to Mud, but McConaughey plays him with that trademark magnetic charm so well that Ellis and Neckbone can’t resist helping this charismatic stranger reunite with his lost love.

Witherspoon plays Juniper as a steaming pile of white trash, but there’s an uncanny regret and soulfulness to her performance that makes you understand Mud’s unceasing affection for her. Meanwhile, the perpetually underrated Ray McKinnon plays Ellis’ father with a tragic, misguided passion, and Joe Don Baker strikes a heaping helping of terror into the audience’s heart as the leader of the bounty hunters chasing Mud. The MVP among the supporting cast, however, is easily the quiet, effortlessly intimidating Sam Shepard, who gives the film one of its most slyly earned beats in a rousing finale.

In his first two films, Nichols cultivated a feeling of dread with an extraordinary sense of time and place. “Mud” replaces the creeping sense of things to come with a genuine longing for something better, while never losing sight of Nichols’ singular eye for writing realistic small towns that easily fill you with nostalgia for a place you’ve never been and characters so well drawn and carefully constructed that you feel you’ve known them for years by the time the credits roll. 

There are few surprises to be found within the film, but Nichols’ script is so delicately, deliberately structured, unfolding at its own naturalistic pace, that the storytelling is skillful and powerful. His direction is even more impressive, especially in his lush, stunning shots of the open Mississippi River and his staging of a climactic gunfight.

Few coming-of-age stories tread into uncharted waters, but “Mud” somehow manages to find something new to express about the beautiful simplicity of youth through its classical, elegant structure and execution. The film is Nichols’ best work to date, exploring new corners of evocative Southern backdrops, brimming with wonderful performances and emerging as one of the best films of the year so far.

As a spike in bomb threats at major universities continues across the country, many schools are preparing for the possibility that they will be the next target.

Since Friday’s bomb threat at UT, bomb threats have targeted Arkansas State University, Louisiana State University, UT-Brownsville, North Dakota State University and The University of Mississippi football players’ cars. As a result, major universities are taking notice, sending out safety messages and reviewing their emergency procedures in case they are the next target, said Allan Baron, Texas A&M Universtiy Police Department spokesperson.

“It’s a really difficult situation to deal with,” he said. “So, that’s the whole thing. I think a lot of these colleges and universities are taking an in-depth look.”

Baron said Texas A&M University has taken measures to increase campus awareness and review emergency plans of action.

“In light of the recent threats, we have made our staff and faculty aware of what the procedures are for reporting these incidents,” he said. “Also, we have discussed the different options that are available, that can be utilized in a situation such as what The University of Texas had on their campus, so that we can adequately deal with the whole situation.”

During UT’s evacuation, not everyone moved at least 300 feet away from evacuated buildings, which is the minimum evacuation distance listed in UT’s emergency plans. The alerts UT issued did not specificy the minimum evacuation distance listed in UT’s security plans.

Baron said he hopes Texas A&M University is able to properly evacuate people, should it recieve a bomb threat. He said, like UT, Texas A&M University also has a 300-foot minimum evacuation distance in case of possible hazards.

“That 300-foot radius, that’s really hard to control,” Baron said. “A lot of time and man-power has to be put into a situation like that, and it has to be done in a relatively short amount of time.”

Erik Vasys, spokesperson for the FBI office in San Antonio, said investigations into all recent bomb threats are ongoing, and he is not able to say whether there is a connection between any of the threats at this time.

“It could just be copy cats,” he said.

Officials said arrests have been made in connection with the threats to Louisiana State University, Arkansas State University and UT-Brownsville, but not in connection with the threats targeting UT, North Dakota State University and University of Mississippi football players’ cars.

Officials with the Oxford, Mississippi, Police Department said a man called 911 at 7:46 a.m. Tuesday and told the operator there were bombs in cars belonging to University of Mississippi football players. Police then tracked down all the players, searched their cars and deemed the threat false. No one has been arrested in relation to the Miss. bomb threat, said Mike Martin, Chief of the Oxford Police Department.

Kimberly Dandridge, student body president at the university, tweeted a copy of the University of Mississippi’s emergency-situation instructions Monday morning as a precaution. She said she couldn’t believe it when a threat was called in later that day.

Vasys said penalties for the individuals making these threats will be severe if they are caught.

A terroristic threat charge under Texas state law would be classified as a third degree felony in these cases. That comes with a penalty of 2 to 10 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000. Other states have varying penalties for the crime. Civil implications could exist as well.

University spokesperson Rhonda Weldon said she is unsure of the direct financial cost of Friday’s threat for UT, as it would be difficult for the University to calculate.

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This isn’t an ordinary road trip for Texas.

Not only are the Longhorns heading into SEC country to play Ole Miss, but they will be breaking their normal pre-game routine.

“Normally you take young guys to the dressing room and to the stadium and let them walk around and get a feel of what’s around them,” head coach Mack Brown said. “We will not be able to do that because it’s an hour-plus trip from Memphis down to Oxford. It will be the first time the guys have seen the place, right before they play the game.”

As Brown said, the Longhorns will stay in Memphis on Friday night, then cross state lines into Mississippi the next morning, as there are no available hotels in Oxford, Miss., or Tupelo, Miss. This doesn’t sound like a big deal, but in a sport that’s built on structure, routine and discipline, it will be quite a bit different for the players.

Still, they’re not too worried. The stadium may be in foreign territory, but it still is 100 yards long with a pair of end zones and goal posts.

“It is still a stadium, we’ll see it when we get out there and warm up [before the game,]” defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat said.

The standards may be the same at Vaught-Hemingway stadium for the upperclassmen, but for a group of young starters and freshmen it represents their first road test. And it’s not an easy one at that; the Rebels pack their venue with a loud and rowdy bunch.

But the elder statesmen on the Longhorns’ roster have spent the whole week funneling advice to the players who are less experienced with playing on the road.

“I think us as older guys we’ve got to kind of show them the ropes and show them how to handle themselves on the road, said linebacker Jordan Hicks. “But I think if you channel the emotions right, it will be good for you.”

It’s not all about handling rude fans and the nerves of playing in a hostile stadium; a big part of the trip is just getting there.

“It’s really a 48-hour experience. It goes from when you wake up Friday morning, you have to pack differently,” said defensive coordinatior Manny Diaz. “You have to make sure your tube of toothpaste has less than three ounces — that type of stuff.”

Once the players make sure they aren’t overstocked on toothpaste, the trip becomes an opportunity to see new places and experience unfamiliar cultures. Some of the players on the roster have never flown before, and some haven’t ever set foot in Mississippi, so it’s a great opportunity for the players.

However, they would be quick to tell you the best part of hitting the road is the chance to bond with their teammates.

“I like traveling,” right guard Trey Hopkins said. “I like going on the road and seeing different places. I like that aspect of the plane ride with the team.”

Once the team arrives at Vaught-Hemingway, though, the fun will be over. By then it won’t matter who won the game of cards on the plane or who got stopped by security because they forgot to remove the spare change out of their pockets. It will come down to Texas’ performance on the field against Ole Miss.

“It’s going to be a test. [Strength and conditioning coach] Bennie [Wylie’s] been talking all week about how crazy it gets down at Ole Miss,” said safety Kenny Vaccaro. “But we’re ready for it.”

NEW ORLEANS — Tens of thousands of customers remained in the dark Monday in Louisiana and Mississippi, nearly a week after Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast with a deluge that still has some low-lying areas under water.

Most of those were in Louisiana, where utilities reported more than 100,000 people without power. Thousands also were without power in Mississippi and Arkansas.

Much of Plaquemines Parish remained under as much as 5 feet of water, and for many, the damage was worse than that from Katrina.

Horns Stomp Rebels

For the first time in school history, the Texas Longhorns traveld to Oxford, Miss. to play the Ole Miss Rebels, an event that drew a capacity crowd to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, estimated at 61,797. By the fourth quarter, however, the majority of the fans had already left, as Texas ran away with a 66-31 win.

Texas captains Trey Hopkins, Alex Okafor, Kenny Vaccaro, and Ryan Roberson prepare to take the field before the Longhorns' first-ever trip to Oxford. Texas went on to trounce the Rebels, 66-31, to improve to 3-0. Photo Credit: Lawrence Peart | Daily Texan Staff

Junior linebacker Jordan Hicks brings down Ole Miss' Randall Mackey, one of his three tackles in the 66-31 victory. The Longhorns defense allowed nearly 400 yards, not including a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. But the Texas offense more than made up for the defensive miscues, scoring more points in one game since the 2005 Big 12 title game. Photo Credit: Elisabeth Dillon | Daily Texan Staff

Alex Okafor takes on a Rebels offensive lineman. The senior defensive end made three tackles, including two of Texas' five sacks — all in the first half — on the night. Okafor was part of a defense that picked off Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace three times but found itself susceptible to giving up big plays. Photo Credit: Lawrence Peart | Daily Texan Staff

Senior D. J. Monroe prepares to celebrate after a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter — the first of five second-half touchdowns scored by Texas against Ole Miss Saturday. Monroe, who has scored in each of the Longhorns' three games this season, was part of a Texas offense that racked up 676 total yards, tied for the second-highest single-game total in school history. Photo Credit: Andrew Torrey | Daily Texan Staff

Sophomore quarterback David Ash eludes an Ole Miss defender during the Longhorns' win over the Rebels Saturday. Ash was 19-of-23 passing for 324 yards and four touchdowns — both career-highs. Photo Credit: Lawrence Peart | Daily Texan Staff

Sophomore running back Joe Bergeron gets one of his 11 carries against Ole Miss Saturday. Bergeron ran for 48 yards before exiting with a shoulder injury, although the initial prognosis is not serious. Photo Credit: Andrew Torrey | Daily Texan Staff