By NEMS Daily Journal
Quarterback Bo Wallace passed for 403 yards, the fifth-best single-game total in school history, and wide receiver Ja-Mes Logan had a career night with 160 yards on eight catches.
The Ole Miss defense limited Vanderbilt to 104 rushing yards and 2.9 yards per carry.
The Ole Miss offense played a turnover-free game.
The running game managed just 55 yards on 40 carries. Vanderbilt had 14 tackles for loss.
Punting was erratic, and that affected field position.
Bo Wallace was sacked three times, pressured many more times.
Keys for victory
Evaluating the keys for victory in Saturday’s GameDay section:
1. Pressure Rodgers: The Rebels had 11 tackles for loss. That was big in stopping the Vanderbilt run game, but there were just two sacks against quarterback Jordan Rodgers and not enough pressure as he marched Vanderbilt down the field for the winning touchdown with 52 seconds left.
2. Revive the run game: Ole Miss is still searching for answers in the run game after averaging just 1.4 yards per carry against a run defense that ranked 10th in the SEC. Twice this season Vanderbilt has allowed 300 yards on the ground.
3. Feed off the crowd: While the game was announced as a sellout all seats were not filled, and the crowd was late in arriving.
The Rebels got off to a great start with a fumble recovery and a short touchdown drive.
They were unable to build on that momentum.
QB Bo Wallace: Vanderbilt’s defense ranked No. 7 nationally in pass defense efficiency. Wallace was accurate. His 31-for-49 success rate would have been higher if not for a handful of drops. He did not have a turnover.
Pass defense efficiency is figured in part by the number of touchdowns allowed, and the Commodores gave up just one in the passing game. That led the Rebels to try to win with field goals, and it’s hard to do that when the magic number approaches 30 points.
If the field goals you’re kicking are less than 30 yards – as three were for Ole Miss – there’s a problem.
That problem right now is the run game. The Rebels nearly won by being one-dimensional. They can’t count on that in the next two games against two more strong pass defenses in LSU and Mississippi State.