FINAL: Ole Miss 39, Vanderbilt 35

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.

Here’s Luke:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnj16el5xS8[/youtube]

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.

Here’s Wallace:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKhHy6ODvMU[/youtube]

And Wallace again:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwV5AuzLOBI[/youtube]

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.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNeWI_XiNiw[/youtube]

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.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Cid Riley

    Wow! Lots of rebelbear sharkfins here!!! Looks like a home game….hope it’s not a dull drive back..
    #olemissprobation2014

  • Cid Riley

    Two of the worst defensive teams that I have ever seen!!! Texas will gain over 500 yards rushing on the rebelsharks..Bama will get 700..but they stopped Vandys win streak..
    #olemissprobation2014

    • The Ghost of Col. Reb

      Well we got our SEC win. Let’s see what the coyotes do against OSU. Guess we just going let our work speak for itself. Turf guy is a moron!

    • Killer_Beeze

      And Georgia will tattoo the Clemson Tigers with 500+ yards. Prepare to lose to the SEC….THE best conference in college football.
      Yeah, you predicted an Ole Miss victory like I predicted gold would go to over $1600 an ounce when it was at $400 an ounce.
      Cid, I don’t know what your primary care doctor prescribes for your condition ’cause it ain’t working. You’re a jerk and no medicine will cure that. :)

      Prediction:

      Georgia 31
      Clemson 17

      • Cid Riley

        You may be right! But at least we will be competing against a National power, not a perennial loser like Vandy. Ole Miss is now 3 and 6 vs Vandy the last 9 meetings.
        #olemissprobation2014

        • Killer_Beeze

          Last 9 meetings? Hell Cedric, let’s go back 13 years to the year 2000.

          Ole Miss 8 wins

          Vandy 6 wins

          Ole Miss leads the all time series: 48-37-2

          You should be glad yall don’t have to play the ‘Dores. South Carolina was lucky to squeak out a 17-13 win over Vandy last year.
          The ‘Dores are a very good team and no one should take them lightly. With Coach Franklin at the helm, they will go to their 3rd bowl game in a row IMO. He will move up the latter of coaching (many believe) at the end of the season.
          BTW…Vandy had the longest winning streak in the SEC (7 straight wins) until the Rebels ended it last night.
          I hope the Georgia-Clemson game is a good one. I’ll be watching.
          Oh, last year South Carolina beat both Clemson and Vandy. Just refreshing your memory. :)

          • TrollSeasonIsOpen

            It’s good to see some of the ole CL commenters migrating over to this blog. I sort of miss the Banter

          • Killer_Beeze

            TrollSeasonisOpen…you recognize me from my moniker…what is your moniker over on the C-L blog?
            I find that Parrish Alford offers additional insight into Rebel football. I enjoy reading his perspective on the program.
            Of course, there are the typical rodeo clowns who show up to trash Ole Miss. I suppose if we weren’t doing so well, they would be off trashing someone else.
            Small minds have ‘little’ to say IMHO.

  • Cid Riley

    I predicted a rebelshark victory and they did. It was a very opportunistic win, to say the least. That gives them 3 wins in the last 9 vs. Vandy!! Treadwell looked like the best WR that money can buy! The D was suspect at best. Texas is licking their chops. Hope my team looks better vs Georgia, Saturday
    #olemissprobation2014

  • Cid Riley

    I am driving from Nashville to see my Tigers take on Georgia. Hope our D plays better than the two I witnessed last night!! But hey! Anytime I get to see two college football games in 3 days is awesome!
    #olemissprobation2014

  • Cid Riley

    Who is this turf guy you speak of?
    #olemissprobation2014

  • JB

    i watched the game and think Ole Miss got their money worth out of the Freshmen. Guess the grey uniform pants are gone forever another old tradition trashed by U of Political Correctness. Col Rebel name trashed this week in favor of Mr. Ole Miss (DJ report). The Mr. Ole Miss OL got pushed around a bit by the Vandy DF rush. Jeff Scott a great day saving run, BO did ok, Burnetti got his job done. Now its on to take on SEMO, then next Longhorns, & TIDE.

    • Killer_Beeze

      JB…it was time for “Colonel Reb” to fade into the sunset. We really don’t need those vestiges of the old south. Those days are history and Ole Miss must adjust/adapt and move on. I’m as far from PC as one can possibly be but the writing was on the wall.
      Just enjoy the fact that Ole Miss now has a very good coach who’s doing his darnedest to put the Rebels in a position to compete at a higher level in the SEC and hopefully play for a title one day in Atlanta, GA.
      As for the OL being pushed around…I hope you realize that (at times) many on the guys playing were only freshman. They got a lot of valuable experience going up against a veteran Vandy defense. Coach Luke made the right adjustments at half time and you saw better blocking and fewer if any sacks on Bo in the second half.
      Hang in there JB. The ride is going to be a little bumpy but I see a real smooth section just ahead.

      • JB

        KB: Good bye Old Colonel you have been sent into the sunset. I guess i will burn my Ole Miss cap with the old COl on the front of it. I’m hanging I have been on the ride for many years Its too late to jump ship now. Have a good day, JB

  • Cid Riley

    I said that I watch Clemson..I like em, but I didn’t graduate from there. As far as MSU’s record goes, they might win 6…in my opinion.
    #olemissprobation2014.

  • Cid Riley

    I like watching college football and I am fortunate enough, thanks in large part to the bombastic rise of gold prices, to travel across America and watch different teams.
    #olemissprobation2014

  • Cid Riley

    Always with the personal attacks!!! Wow. A heck of a way to treat a guy born and raised in Oxford, Ms. I wonder what you would call me if you knew I was African American? Racism…
    #olemissprobation2014

    • Steve

      Cid, If you were purple, I’d still call you a raving lunatic … does that make me a racist? Or are you attempting to stereotype people who you have no personal knowledge of. You blindly poke a short stick at a snake and you wonder why you get bit?

  • Cid Riley

    You guys are funny…love it!!! You really have no clue..It’s like shooting pigeons in a barrel…some of ya’ll make as much sense as a fish ridin a bicycle.
    #olemissprobation2014

    • Killer_Beeze

      Yeah, you’re a barrel of laughs Cid…like a rodeo clown. :)

  • REB

    Game #1 always has a lot of room for improvement. The fact is we won and Coach Freeze and our coaches will make sure our team gets better each week. FINS UP!!!!!!!!!!! HOTTY TOTTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND a big can of “ASSWAHUP” for $tates probation mangied doggies

  • Cid Riley

    Hey KB! Duh…you can’t see me! You’re using the same lines that you’ve used before. zzzzzzz. Boring. You gotta bring it dude! I need some competition. These rebelsharks are easy pickins. I own the world!
    #olemissprobation 2014

  • Cid Riley

    JB! My best memories of The Ole Miss Rebels are the ones of Col. Reb, the flags, the majorettes in their rebel attire and players like Steve Sloan, Jim Miller and the like. They screwed the pooch, when they ditched that. It was a jellyfish move and now it’s gone.
    #olemissprobation2014

  • Cid Riley

    Now the rebelbear sharkfins aren’t the Rebels! They’re a bunch bratty thuggish boys, that are more about playing beer pong and tweeting pics of their hands on a stack of cash. Blatant cheating and no respect. JB , political correctness has ruined what was once a great university!
    #olemissprobation2014

  • Cid Riley

    Ole Miss went from an icon of southern greatness to a cess pool, with jellyfish leaders. The new mascot is a freakin bear? Should be a jellyfish…or some other spineless creature.
    #olemissprobation2014

  • REB

    What a goof. Just mindless bunch of belching oders.

  • Cid Riley

    Hey REB! Two things..A. You should learn to hit the spell check tab and #2, it’s quite obvious that you’ve never played nor coached any football. What I said about the D is absolutely right. Thanks for playing…next?
    #olemissprobation2014

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