By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Vanderbilt’s momentum in its comeback win can be traced to a special teams play in the third quarter.
That’s when a confused Vandy kick returner was dangerously close to stepping out of the end zone, then backing into it to kneel for a touchback.
While it appeared that Brian Kimbrow may have stepped out of the end zone, officials ruled that the football did not cross the plane.
Freeze considered challenging the call.
“I asked them if we had a camera angle to look and see if the ball was out, and they said probably not,” he said.
Vanderbilt began a four-play 75-yard touchdown drive and scored 14 straight points to make it a 23-20 game.
The Commodores were 6-for-10 on third-down conversions in the second half after going 0-for-6 in the first half.
Logan’s big night
Ja-Mes Logan was the big producer in Bo Wallace’s career night.
Logan had eight catches for 160 yards. One of them was a 47-yard gain to the Vanderbilt 28 in the fourth quarter, but after two minus-yardage plays, Bryson Rose missed a 52-yard field goal – his only miss of the night.
Donte Moncrief, who did not have a catch at Georgia, had eight for 74 yards, and Vincent Sanders and Korvic Neat had five catches each.
Vanderbilt moved 79 yards in nine plays in 1 minute, 51 seconds and scored the winning touchdown on Jordan Rodgers’ 26-yard pass to Chris Boyd.
3 – Rodgers scrambled for 3 yards on a fourth-and-2 on the game-winning drive when a stop would have wrapped up a win for the Rebels.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my guys. We go into every week with the mentality that you have to stop the run. I thought Ole Miss did a nice job of play-action off it.” – Vanderbilt coach James Franklin
After its brief stop in Oxford, Ole Miss will be on the SEC road for the third time in four weeks with a visit to traditional rival LSU. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m., for the CBS telecast.
Former walk-on Louis Covington started at cornerback, but Senquez Golson, who missed the Georgia game with a concussion, played extensively. … Covington had four tackles and broke up two passes … Safety Cody Prewitt led Ole Miss with seven tackles and two tackles for loss. … Linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche had six tackles, a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss. … Vanderbilt posted 14 tackles for loss to 11 for Ole Miss. … Vanderbilt’s 267 passing yards were a season-high. … Bo Wallace’s previous high for passing yards was 305. … Logan’s 160 receiving yards marked his first 100-yard game.