Wake Forest 27, Mississippi 3

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- De'Angelo Bryant rushed for 105 yards and a

touchdown to help Wake Forest get off to its best start since 1987

with a 27-3 victory over Mississippi on Saturday night.

The Demon Deacons (4-0) didn't seem to miss leading rusher Micah

Andrews, out with an injured knee.

Wake Forest ran the ball on 53 of its 58 plays, finishing with

240 yards rushing.

Running back Kevin Harris scored a touchdown on his third carry

of the game and had a 5.1 yards per carry average. And fullback

Mike Rinfrette scored on the first carry of his career, a 1-yard

plunge that put the Deacons up 27-3 with 1:14 left in the third


The Deacons, who led the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing

four of the last five seasons, controlled the Rebels (1-3) from

their opening drive. Bryant carried six times for 43 yards and

capped the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run with 9:26 left in the

first quarter.

The defense was every bit as impressive, holding Ole Miss to 26

yards rushing and 237 total. Starting quarterback Brent Schaeffer

was pulled in the fourth quarter after completing 13 of 28 passes

for 127 yards and an interception. And Wake Forest limited

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the Southeastern Conference's third-leading

rusher, to 54 yards on 12 carries.

Mistakes by the Deacons gave the Rebels their only chances to

score until the game was well out of reach. A fumble on Riley

Skinner's errant pitch -- the only time Wake Forest attempted

anything other than a direct handoff in the first quarter -- set up

an Ole Miss field-goal attempt. But Joshua Skene missed the

25-yarder wide left with 26 seconds left in the first.

Wake Forest scored on its first three drives of the second half

and now turns to Liberty, a Division I-AA team. With a win, the

Deacons would match their best start since going 5-0 in 1987.