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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ole Miss lets another one get away

VIDEO BLOG: Two teams will enter Vaught-Hemingway Stadium tonight. Only one of Ole Miss (5-4 overall, 2-3 SEC) and Vanderbilt (5-4, 3-3) will leave having achieved bowl eligibility.

The game is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on ESPNU.

While the winner of tonight’s SEC showdown will leave feeling good, the other will have to wonder where the elusive sixth win will come from. Ole Miss closes its season at LSU (Nov. 17, 2:30 p.m., CBS) and at home against rival Mississippi State (Nov. 24). Meanwhile, Vanderbilt closes out with a home game against Tennessee (Nov. 17, 6 p.m., ESPNU) and a road matchup at Wake Forest (Nov. 24).

GAME DAY PREVIEW: Hot off the press is the second to last Oxford EAGLE Game Day Preview of the season. Featured within this weeks pages are features on senior defensive end Jason Jones, Ole Miss verbal commitment Peyton Barber, center Evan Swindall, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, a Q & A with Ole Miss walk-on and special teams dynamo Carlos Davis and more. Also, take the time to read John Davis’ letter from the editor, praising the football program for taking the time to appear at the funeral of John and Sarah Wheat, two siblings that lost their lives in a car accident Oct. 27.

Click HERE to checkout all of the EAGLE‘s Ole Miss football coverage from the entire season.

BY THE NUMBERS: Ole Miss junior running back Jeff Scott is seventh in the SEC with 79.1 rushing yards per game and has three 100-yard performances. … Sophomore receiver Donte Moncrief is 10th in the SEC with 60 receiving ypg and is tied for fourth with five touchdown catches. … Ole Miss and Vanderbilt are meeting for the 87th time. Ole Miss leads the all-time series 47-37-2 and has won 13 of 19 since 1992. The Rebels are also 22-5 against the ‘Dores in Oxford. … The Rebels are the SEC’s only team without a turnover in the red zone this year and has gone a perfect 17-for-17 in red zone against league opponents. … The Rebels are second in the SEC and tied for 11th in the NCAA with 3.0 sacks per game. … Ole Miss is third in the SEC and tied for 15th in the NCAA with 7.3 tackles-for-loss per game. … Vanderbilt is seeking its first four-game winning streak of the Franklin Era after defeating Auburn (17-13), UMass (49-7) and Kentucky (40-0) in consecutive weeks. … Should Vanderbilt win tonight, it would make the first time in program history it has qualified for bowls in back-to-back seasons. … The Rebels, meanwhile, are looking to qualify for their first bowl since 2009.

AROUND THE LEAGUE (as of 5:18 p.m. CT):
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Georgia at Auburn, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Texas A&M 23, Auburn 17, 4th quarter (CBS)
Mississippi State at LSU, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
FINAL: South Carolina 38, Arkansas 20
FINAL: Florida 27, UL-Lafayette 20
FINAL: Missouri 51, Tennessee 48 (4 OT)

Ole Miss
WR (X) Donte Moncrief
LT Emmanuel McCray
LG Aaron Morris
C Evan Swindall
RG A.J. Hawkins
RT Pierce Burton
TE Ferbia Allen
WR (Z) Vince Sanders
WR (H) Ja-Mes Logan OR Korvic Neat
QB Bo Wallace
RB Jeff Scott or Randall Mackey
DE C.J. Johnson
DT Bryon Bennett
NT Issac Gross
DE Cameron Whigham
MIKE Mike Marry OR Joel Kight
STINGER Denzel Nkemdiche
HUSKIE Mike Hilton
FCB Senquez Golson OR Louis Covington
ROVER Trae Elston
FS Cody Prewitt
BCB Charles Sawyer
PK Bryson Rose
P Jim Broadway
KO Bryson Rose
H Chris Conley
LS Will Denny
KR Jaylen Walton OR Randall Mackey
PR Korvic Neat

WR Chris Boyd
WR Jordan Matthews
WR Jonathan Krause
QB Jordan Rodgers
TB Zac Stacy
FB Fitz Lassing
TE Kris Kentera OR Steven Scheu
OT Wesley Johnson
OG Ryan Seymour
C Joe Townsend
OG Josh Jelesky OR Jake Bernstein
OT Andrew Bridges
DE Johnell Thomas
DT Rob Lohr
NT Jared Morse OR Colt Nichter
DE Walker May
OLB Archibald Barnes
MLB Chase Garnham
OLB Karl Butler
CB Andre Hal
SS Javon Marshall
FS Kenny Ladler
CB Trey Wilson
PK Cary Spear
P Richard Kent
H Jordan Rodgers
SN Andrew East
KO Carey Spear
KR Andre Hal
KR Jonathan Krause


 OLE MISS 7, Vanderbilt 0 (11:16/Q1): Ole Miss safety Chief Brown forced Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy to fumble two plays into the game deep in the Commodores’ territory and the Rebels didn’t waste the gift. Eight plays after the turnover, quarterback Bo Wallace lofted a pass to receiver Vince Sanders in the back left corner of the end zone. Sanders caught the pass and  was able to hold on while being hit.

Ole Miss 7, VANDERBILT 3 (:32.3/Q2): Vanderbilt found its way on the scoreboard via a 22-yard field goal by Carey Spear.

OLE MISS 10, Vanderbilt 3 (12:34/Q2): Bryson Rose extends Ole Miss’ lead with 22-yard field goal after three-straight passes from Wallace inside the Vandy 5 fall incomplete.

OLE MISS 13, Vanderbilt 3 (7:20/Q2): On Ole Miss’ next drive, Rose booted a 28-yard field goal. The kick was set up by a nice 41-yard pass and catch from Wallace to Sanders and a 19-yard reception by Korvic Neat.

OLE MISS 16, Vanderbilt 3 (2:16/Q2): Ole Miss turned to Rose for a third consecutive possession. This time, Rose was true on a41-yard attempt.

Ole Miss 16, VANDERBILT 6 (0:00/Q2): Spear converts 44-yard field goal as time expires.

OLE MISS 23, Vanderbilt 6 (11:46/Q3): Ole Miss marched 56 yards down the field on nine plays to open the second half. Following a 13-yard reception by Jeff Scott, where he was barely pushed out of bounds at the 1, Wallace finished the drive off with a keeper up the middle.

Ole Miss 23, VANDERBILT 13 (9:52/Q3): Vanderbilt responded with a four play, 75-yard scoring drive that ended with a 52-yard touchdown reception by Jordan Matthews from Jordan Rodgers.

Ole Miss 23, VANDERBILT 20 (2:33/Q3): Following a three-and-out stand by Vanderbilt’s defense, the Commodore offense marched 51 yards in 11 plays and scored on a 1-yard run by Wesley Tate.

OLE MISS 26, Vanderbilt 20 (2:43/Q4): Ole Miss’ final score of the evening came late in the fourth quarter. After starting on their own 19, the Rebels were able to drive nearly the length of the field before their drive stalled on the Vanderbilt 9. Rose’s 27-yard field goal extended Ole Miss’ lead to 26-20.

Vanderbilt 27, Ole Miss 26 (:52/Q4): Continuing the night’s trend of trading field goals for touchdowns, the ‘Dores marched down the field on the very next drive and found the end zone on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Chris Boyd down the Vanderbilt sideline.

Ole Miss stated its final drive at its 32-yard line, but were were unable to get past the Vanderbilt 48. Facing a fourth-and-7 with less than a minute remaining, the Wallace’s pass for receiver Donte Moncrief fell incomplete.

FINAL SCORE: Vanderbilt 27, Ole Miss 26

BY THE NUMBERS: Ole Miss out-gained Vanderbilt 458 to 371 and. … Wallace completed 31 of 49 passes for 403 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. … Jeff Scott led Ole Miss’ rushing attack with 47 yards on 24 carries for a 2.0 average. … Ole Miss rushed for just 55 yards, marking the third straight game the Rebels have failed to rush for 100 yards. …  Ja-Mes Logan led Ole Miss with 160 yard rushing and was tied with Moncrief for the team lead in receptions with eight. Moncrief accumulated 74 yards receiving, while Sanders caught five passes for 96 yards and one touchdown. … Rodgers completed 20 of 35 passes for 267 yards and one touchdown. … Tate led Vanderbilt’s rushing with 43 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. … Matthews led Vanderbilt with nine receptions for 153 yards and one score. Boyd contributed five receptions for 64 yards and one touchdown. Click HERE for complete stats from the game.

THAT’S WHAT HE SAID: “Obviously very disappointed and hurting right now, those kids and seniors especially especially that hare helping us start the foundation here right now. Certainly this is a tough profession and it’s really tough when you see kids that you care about hurt. … Obviously there’s a lot of things but the bottom line is they scored touchdowns and we scored field goals.” — Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze.

PARTING VIEWS: Below, Freeze and Wallace address the media following the loss.

NEXT UP: Ole Miss has two more chances to gain bowl eligibility, next week at LSU and the following at home in the annual Egg Bowl against Mississippi State.

For more on Saturday’s loss, checkout Monday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE. (November 10, 2012)

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    One Response to “Ole Miss lets another one get away”

    1. Scooter says:

      I’m going to tell all you Ole Miss fans something that you might not care to hear, but you have to be my favorite group of fans in the S.E.C. I’m a Vandy fan and was at the game. Everyone I sat near was friendly to me and I enjoyed being there. Even if we had lost I would have enjoyed the company. I hope Ole Miss wins their last two games and kicks butt in a bowl game. I admit I thought Ole Miss was going to beat us but it does look like Franklin has the team in a more aggressive mode. Especially at the end of games. Hold your heads up, y’all have a great team. Good luck in your last two games and your bowl game.

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