It was one for the ages, and as is often the case from an 8:30 start, I was late getting down to postgame while finishing up on deadline.
I did manage to catch up with quarterback Bo Wallace and OL coach Matt Luke.
It was quite a turnaround for the OL. Vanderbilt registered four sacks in the first half, none in the second.
The word from Luke and OC Dan Werner was about execution and staying with the game plan, not about changes made.
Two freshman did play extensively, however, Laremy Tunsil and Austin Golson. Luke says they’ll compete for jobs now.
And Here’s Wallace. Showing no effects of the shoulder that plagued him last year, he was 31-for-47 passing for 283 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.
And Wallace again:
Some quick hits:
Ole Miss outgained Vanderbilt 489-426. The Rebels had just 134 yards at halftime.
Scott’s 75-yard TD run gave him 138 yards on 12 carries. It wasn’t a stellar night running hte ball before then.
Werner said of the run, “We were just trying to get enough for a first down, and he broke free and made a great run.”
The run helped the Rebels rush for 206 net yards.
Robert Nkemdiche’s debut will be remembered for his 11-yard run on a fake punt. He finished with 2 tackles, a TFL and a PBU.
Laquon Treadwell was clearly the receiver of choice in the second half. He finished with 9 catches for 82 yards. Big night for Evan Engram too. He was very athletic and had five catches for 61 yards, a long of 61.
Tony Conner got the freshmen rolling with an INT on Vanderbilt’s first possession. That led to a field goal.
Heading back to the hotel now. More in Day After Observations later today.
With special thanks to Brad Green, a theology professor at Union University and an old college roommate, some video here of the Ole Miss arrival at Vanderbilt Stadium.
The Rebels, in their warm-up suits, just made their way across the field to their south end zone digs.
Capacity crowd expected in the press box. We’re about an hour and a half from kickoff unless ESPN begins to promote a Midnight Madness theme.