Missed assignments, general miscues and turnovers continued to plague the Ole Miss Rebels at the most important times of their 28-14 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
The Rebels (1-2 overall, 0-1 in the Southeastern Conference) lost their second home game of the season by playing unsound football at the most critical times of the game. Instead of jumping out to an early lead in the first quarter on a wide-open pass play, the Rebels, and more specifically tight end Ferbia Allen, found a way to let the opportunity drop through their fingers.
One play after tying the game at 14-14 midway through the third quarter, the Rebels missed an assignment on defense allowing Vanderbilt running back Warren Norman to shoot through a hole and escape for an 80-yard touchdown run. And then midway through the fourth quarter, when the Commodores (1-2, 1-1) were still within reach, a fumble by running back Korvic Neat at the Rebels’ 15-yard line set up Vanderbilt’s final score of the game, essentially ending any chance for a late comeback. (September 20, 2010, Page 1B)