Final: Ole Miss 41, Vanderbilt 3

What was very nearly the first shutout for the Rebels since a 39-0 win at Tulane in Hugh Freeze’s first year went away when Commodores coach Derek Mason opted to kick a 26-yard field goal  on fourth-and-goal from the Ole Miss 9.

Vanderbilt was trailing 41-0 at the time, and fans booed Mason for his decision. At least he can say his offense has points. The ‘Dores are without an offensive touchdown after two games.

Hugh Freeze was able to clear his bench and get valuable playing time for both of his backup quarterbacks, particularly Ryan Buchanan. I say that because there will be a role for DeVante Kincade moving forward. Looks like he’s the change-of-pace QB until something changes.

Ole Miss outgained Vanderbilt 547-167.

Bo Wallace played within himself and finished 23-for-30 passing for 320 yards and one touchdown. He did not throw an interception and has now gone 51 pass attempts without a pick. That’s a stat worth watching.

Here’s Wallace:

The run game was better, but the Rebels still averaged only 3.6 yards per carry with 180 yards on 50 attempts.

The defense was strong as it was against Boise, covering a lot of ground and passing licks.

So many players played that the leading tacklers were Serderius Bryant, Trae Elston and D.T. Shackelford all with four.

There was good pass pressure again with five QB hurries but only one sack, that one to Robert Nkemdiche.

Here’s Dave Wommack

More tomorrow in Day After Observations.

HALFTIME

Ole Miss leads 20-0 and has outgained Vanderbilt 331-76. There have been fewer false starts by the O line but poor Red Zone execution … penalties by some, a dropped TD by Derrick Jones … have kept this margin from being larger.

The Ole Miss running game looks better but has plenty of room for improvement.

Bo Wallace is 19-for-25 passing for 249 yards and a touchdown. He’s now working on a streak of 46 pass attempts without an interception.

Cody Core is showing up again with four catches for 85 yards and a score. Wallace is spreading the ball around nicely.

Vanderbilt ran through the Ole Miss defensive line early, but adjustments were made and things have settled down. Commodores’ redshirt freshman Ralph Webb is pretty good.

Not much to report for the rest of the Vanderbilt offense.

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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