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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Loss to Vandy one for the record books

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt is never a doormat for Ole Miss, but Saturday’s 30-7 “upset” was still a record breaker. Entering Saturday’s game most Rebel fans were aware of the anomalous stat that Vanderbilt had won four of the last six meetings between the teams.

Between the disastrous Ed Orgeron era and Houston Nutt’s troubles with the ‘Dores, it’s clear momentum has shifted to Vanderbilt in the last decade.

However, the Commodores of the modern era have never beat Ole Miss quite like this. Vandy’s 23-point margin of victory was their largest over any team since a 49-19 win over Mississippi State in 1971, and their 21-point halftime lead was their largest against a SEC opponent in 30 years.

Nutt is also the first Ole Miss head coach to lose to three different Vanderbilt head coaches — Bobby Johnson (‘08), interim head coach Robbie Caldwell (‘10) and now James Franklin, who is the first Commodore coach to win his SEC debut since Ray Morrison in 1935 win over Mississippi State.

Nutt’s “three-peat” stat might be a first in SEC history. (September 19, 2011, Page 2B)

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