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Published on September 4th, 2014 | by Carver Rayburn


Rebels favored by 21 in SEC opener on at Nashville

The previous three quarters were over and in the past, Thank God. During those 45 minutes of play, the Rebels scored just seven points and Bo Wallace tossed three interceptions. Ole Miss running backs had contributed less than 50 yards on the ground. The offense line was jumping off sides so often, it was starting to become a nightmare. It was looking ugly.

But then, something happened. For fifteen minutes, the 2014 Ole Miss Rebels looked unstoppable. The defense made big play after big play with jaw dropping hits. The offense clicked and put up 28 points. Wallace led interceptions were non-existent. The offense line pushed out of the trench and the running game saw a glimmer of hope. This was the team the Rebel Nation was looking forward to and expected to see. This was a team that was, “All In.”

“Once we weren’t turning the ball over and jumping offside, that’s when we started putting up points,” Wallace said.

Ole Miss is hoping to carry over that fourth quarter play to it’s SEC opener, a road game at Vanderbilt. The odds are in their favor as Vegas takes bets with the Rebels laying 21 points. The possibility of this becoming a trap game for Ole Miss is something Head Coach Hugh Freeze says will not happen.

“We’re not going to overlook them,” Freeze said. “We’ll get them ready. It’s an SEC football game on the road. Our kids have to be prepared to go to Nashville and hopefully get a second road win of the year.”

Comparing the Numbers (SEC Rank in Parenthesis)

Offense                 Ole Miss    Vanderbilt
Scoring                          35                   7
Rushing                         71                  54
Passing                         387               224    
Total Offense              458               278
Average Per Play         6.5               4.4    
3rd Downs                 5 of 13        3 of 14
Turnover Ratio           +1                 -5
Sacks Given Up         2-29            4-26

Defense                Ole Miss      Vanderbilt
Scoring                         13                        37
Rushing                       135                     144
Passing                        264                    207
Total                            399                    351
Average Per Play       4.7                     4.3
Sacks on Opponent  3-36                   1-1   

Game Notes: Ole Miss at Vanderbilt ~ The 89th Meeting
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About the Author

Carver Rayburn was born and raised an Ole Miss Rebel in Oxford, Mississippi. He has worked for many newspapers and magazines in both editorial and advertising, including OffBeat Magazine, The Hattiesburg American, The Meridian Star, The Neshoba Democrat, The Madison County Journal, The Clarke County Tribune, The New Albany Gazette, Southeastern Football Saturdays, and Rebel Yell. He currently lives in New Orleans and has a four-year-old son, Hart. You can contact Carver at carverrayburn@hotmail.com.

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