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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
OXFORD, Miss. – Vanderbilt rallied from a 16-point deficit on the road against Ole Miss and the Commodores are now bowl-eligible for the second consecutive season under coach James Franklin. Vandy (6-4, 4-3 SEC) finished the game on a 21-3 run to pull off the 27-26 win at The Grove.
After Ole Miss (5-5, 2-4) quarterback Bo Wallace found the end zone on a one-yard run in the third, the Commodores found themselves facing a 23-6 hole. Jordan Rodgers immediately got the rally started with a 52-yard touchdown pass to the SEC’s second-leading receiver, Jordan Matthews. Wesley Tate cut the lead to three with a two-yard scoring run later in the third, and Rodgers gave the ’Dores the lead for good in dramatic fashion with a 26-yard connection to Chris Boys with just 52 seconds remaining.
The Vanderbilt defense held the Rebels on their last-gasp attempt to end the game, and the Commodores got their fourth SEC win of the season despite 403 yards through the air from Wallace. The Vandy run defense came up big, holding Jeff Scott to just 47 yards on 24 attempts and limiting Ole Miss to just 55 rushing yards as a team. Ja-Mes Logan had a huge game on the outside for Ole Miss with 160 yards on eight catches, but Vince Sanders came up with Wallace’s only TD pass of the evening.
Rodgers’ two touchdown tosses paced the Commodores, and he was on the same page with Matthews all night. Matthews’ nine catches and 153 yards were a team-high, and four running backs chipped in to rack up 104 yards on the ground in the win.
Passing – Bo Wallace, 31-for-49, 403 yards, TD
Rushing – Jeff Scott, 24 car, 47 yards
Receiving – Ja-Mes Logan, 8 rec, 160 yards
Passing – Jordan Rodgers, 20-for-35, 267 yards, 2 TD
Rushing – Wesley Tate, 15 car, 43 yards, TD
Receiving – Jordan Matthews, 9 rec, 153 yards, TD
• Vanderbilt’s win at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium marked just the sixth time that the Commodores have won in Oxford in 28 tries.
• Despite the loss, Ole Miss has already surpassed its season totals in wins, points, touchdowns, pass yards, rush yards, total yards, first downs, tackles for loss and sacks from 2011.
• Saturday’s meeting between the Rebels and Commodores was the 87th renewal of the series, which dates back to 1894. Ole Miss leads the all-time tally 47-38-2.