Game Day: At A Glance

Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford
Kickoff: 6 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Net
Radio: Ole Miss Network; Sirius 125
Records: Ole Miss 1-0, UTEP 0-1
Series: UTEP leads 1-0.
Coaches: UTEP – Mike Price 174-175 31st season overall, 45-53 ninth season at UTEP. Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze, 31-7, fourth season overall; 1-0 first season at Ole Miss.
Statistical Leaders: UTEP – RB Nathan Jeffery 21 carries, 177 yards, 0 TD. QB Nick Lamaison 6-for-23 pass, 39 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. WR Kevin Perry 1 catch, 13 yards, 0 TD. LB Josh Fely 12 tackles, 1 PBU. Ole Miss – QB Bo Wallace 13 carries, 82 yards, 1 TD. QB Bo Wallace 20-for-24 passing, 264 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT. WR Donte Moncrief 8 catches, 104 yards, 1TD. LB Denzel Nkemdiche 8 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack.
Trends: Ole Miss won its season opener for the first time in three years. … The Rebels are 128-52-2 all-time against members of Conference USA.
Notes: UTEP defeated Ole Miss 14-7 in the Sun Bowl in El Paso in 1967. … After one week, the Rebels rank in the SEC’s top three in scoring, passing, rushing and total offense. … UTEP is 17-17 in non-conference games under Mike Price, 6-9 in non-conference road games. … UTEP has won its first road game just three times in the last 22 years. All three wins have come under Price. … Ole Miss has seven players on its roster from the state of Texas, and UTEP is the first of three Texas schools on the schedule. Texas visits next week, Texas A&M next month. … Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace had 346 yards of offense last week, the most by an Ole Miss player in his debut game. … Wallace was among 24 players to make their Ole Miss debut last week. … Ole Miss tight ends had 18 catches all of last season but combined for six catches against Central Arkansas. … Four Ole Miss players have already received their undergraduate degrees: TE Ferbia Allen, OL A.J. Hawkins, RB Randall Mackey and K Bryson Rose. Linebacker D.T. Shackelford – who plans to return to the field in the spring — has also graduated.
Summing it up: “I felt like I did everything the coaches told me to do. Everything played out perfect, and I did my job. I played great.” – Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche
Prediction: Ole Miss 28, UTEP 27

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 John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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