JACKSON, Miss. -- Southern Mississippi spotted Ole Miss two early touchdowns but the Golden Eagles, led by quarterback Reggie Collier and tailback Sammy Winder, roared back Saturday for a 28-22 victory over their frustrated intrastate rivals.
Winder, a 191-pound junior, raced 11 yards in the third quarter for one touchdown and scored two others on 1-yard runs in the second and fourth periods as the unbeaten Eagles posted their fourth win of the year.
Collier hit on a dazzling 62-yard pass to split end Don Horn in the second period for Southern's other touchdown. The talented sophomore rushed for 110 yards and completed 8-of-16 passes for 143 yards.
The Rebels took a 14-0 lead early in the contest, scoring on a 4-yard burst by tailback Buford McGee in the first period and a 2-yard plunge by quarterback John Fourcade in the second quarter. Ole Miss went 80 yards in the final period, with Chester Thornton scoring on a 4-yard run, but the rally fell short.
Rebel defender Johnny Burrow recovered a fumble by Winder at the Eagle 12 with 3:22 remaining in the game, but the Rebels lost 40 yards on the next four plays when Fourcade was sacked twice and called for intentional grounding once.
Ole Miss, 1-4, took the opening kickoff and marched 74 yards in 17 plays for their first touchdown, with McGee going the last four yards.
Fourcade scored on a 2-yard keeper early in the second period, capping a 64-yard drive.
With the scrambling Collier in control, Southern mounted an 80-yard drive and Winder plunged over to make it 14-7 with 7:54 remaining in the first half.
Moments later, Collier lofted a 62-yard pass to Horn, who had managed to get behind the Rebel defense and sped untouched into the end zone, tying the score 14-14.
The Eagles went 80 yards in the third quarter for their go-ahead touchdown and drove 81 yards in the fourth period to round out their scoring.
Fourcade, who leads the Southeastern Conference in total offense, completed 14-of-27 passes for 106 yards.