By Kedrick Storey/Southern Sentinel
OXFORD – Vanderbilt’s eventual game-winning drive was a direct result of the Rebels inability to put the ball in the end zone when in the red zone.
After their first drive ended with a touchdowns pass, the Rebels reached the Vanderbilt 5, 11 and 24-yardline in the first half, but settled for Bryson Rose field goals.
Following the game, their limited ability to earn six points was on the mind of everyone, including head coach Hugh Freeze, quarterback Bo Wallace and receiver Vince Sanders.
Neither was playing defense as Vanderbilt marched 79 yards in 1 minute, 51 seconds to win their sixth game in eight tries against the Rebels, but they knew why they were in that position – trading field goals for touchdowns.
“As an offense, we want to put up seven points and when we don’t we fell like we haven’t acomplished our goal,” said Sanders, who scored one of just Rebel touchdowns. “When we
get in the red zone we should score. We left some points on the field.
‘IT HURTS BAD’
On the game-deciding drive, Commodores quarterback Jordan Rogers completed was 5 of 6 passing for 77 yards, including the 26-yard TD strike to Chris Boyd. He also converted a 4th and 2 at their own 46-yardline to keep the drive alive.
It wasVanderbilt’s third scoring drive of the second half and erased a 23-6 Ole Miss lead.
“It hurts bad,” said Wallace. “I think we were up 20 points at one point. We got to take over games
if we’re up that much. Offensively, we’ve got to keep scoring points and don’t allow them to get back in it.”
For the second week in a row, the Rebels missed their chance to become bowl eligible for the first
time since 2009 and they have two more chances to do it. To do so, they’ll have to find to
produce more than three points per trip.
“They scored touchdowns and we scored field goals.We’ve got to score TDs in the red zone and we