BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns today as Mississippi snapped a three-game losing streak with a 38-31 win over Northwestern State.
The Rebels (3-7) held a precarious 17-14 third-quarter lead over the Football Championship Subdivision opponent.
But Mike Wallace helped put the Demons (3-6) away with a 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The point total was the most for Ole Miss since a 31-28 win over South Carolina in 2004.
But the Rebels struggled, allowing the Demons to rally with two late scores, and had to bleed away the last 3:16 to preserve the win.
It was the 10th career win for third-year coach Ed Orgeron, coming on the heels of a vote of confidence from the university administration.
But fans showed displeasure with the team's performance by staying away. The announced attendance was 23,283, less than half capacity.
Ole Miss built a 17-0 first-quarter lead with 222 yards of total offense and Green-Ellis' touchdown runs of 41 and 25 yards. He added a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter to earn the win.