Ole Miss vs. Georgia 2016 score, recap, stats: Rebels easily beat Bulldogs
Chad Kelly threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score to lead No. 23 Ole Miss over No. 12 Georgia 45-14 on Saturday.
The Rebels (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) dominated every phase of the game, building a lead of 31-0 by halftime and 45-0 by midway through the third quarter.
Ole Miss broke a 10-game losing streak in the series dating to 1996.
Here are the complete stats from the game, courtesy of ESPN.
Georgia (3-1, 1-1) lost its first game under new coach Kirby Smart and looked overmatched. To make matters worse, star running back Nick Chubb injured an ankle in the second quarter and didn’t return.
It was an impressive win for the Rebels, who finally built a big lead they didn’t give away. Ole Miss led Florida State by 22 points and Alabama by 21 this season before losing both games.
Kelly was sharp from the opening series, completing 18 of 24 passes and adding a 41-yard touchdown run right through the middle of the Georgia defense. Tight end Evan Engram led the Rebels with six catches for 95 yards.
Brian Herrien led the Bulldogs with 78 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Jacob Eason had a tough day, completing just 16 of 36 passes for 137 yards and an interception.
Georgia: The Bulldogs were an interesting bunch after three straight wins to start the season, but after being stomped by the Rebels, it doesn’t look like Georgia is anywhere near being an elite team.
Ole Miss: The Rebels needed this one after blowing big leads in losses to Florida State and Alabama. Ole Miss proved it still can be a force in the SEC this season despite a tough September.
Georgia: The Bulldogs probably tumble in the rankings after being outplayed in pretty much all aspects of the game.
Ole Miss: Look for the Rebels to jump a few spots.
Georgia: The Bulldogs host Tennessee next week in an SEC Eastern Division showdown.
Ole Miss: The Rebels host Memphis in a non-conference game.
–By The Associated Press
Here is our Ole Miss vs. Georgia live updates recap from the game:
It’s game day in Oxford today: No. 23 Ole Miss vs. No. 12 Georgia in SEC football.
Game time: 11 a.m.
TV Channel: ESPN
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FINAL: No. 23 Ole Miss 45, No. 12 Georgia 14. Rebels (2-2, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) bounce back from the Alabama loss with their first win over an FBS opponent convincingly. Next up for Ole Miss is Memphis next Saturday at home.
Georgia gets a mop-up touchdown on Herrien’s 1-yard touchdown run, his second of the day. It capped the Bulldogs’ longest drive of the day (79 yards). Ole Miss 45, Georgia 14, 7:38 4Q
END OF THIRD QUARTER: Ole Miss 45, Georgia 7
Ole Miss’ offense, which has turned things over to reserves for the most part, stalls, and Wunderlich’s 55-yard field goal attempt is no good. About the only thing that hasn’t gone the Rebels’ way in this one.
Georgia gets on the scoreboard with Brian Herrien’s 10-yard touchdown run. An ankle injury has kept Nick Chubb out in the second half. Ole Miss 45, Georgia 7, 5:00 3Q
Georgia punts again, and Ole Miss scores again, this time with Chad Kelly’s legs. Ole Miss’ senior quarterback runs 41 yards for his third touchdown of the day. Ole Miss now at 453 total yards. Ole Miss 45, Georgia 0, 8:34 3Q
Ole Miss’ offense picks up right where it left off, driving 70 yards on seven plays in 1 minutes, 47 seconds to increase its lead on Jason Pellerin’s 5-yard shovel pass to Eugene Brazley. Ole Miss 38, Georgia 0, 13:13 3Q
HALFTIME: Ole Miss 31, Georgia 0
Ole Miss keeps the points coming on Kelly’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram, needing just five plays to go 58 yards on that drive. The Rebels have rolled up 323 total yards in the first half. Ole Miss 31, Georgia 0, 0:43 2Q
The Rebels are rolling again. Kelly sidesteps a defender and uncorks a 55-yard touchdown pass to DaMarkus Lodge. Ole Miss 24, Georgia 0, 10:24 2Q
Ole Miss’ defense has been better against the run and on third downs. Georgia punts again, its third of the day. The Rebels have held Georgia to 96 total yards with 10:34 left in the second quarter.
Georgia goes for it on fourth down and picks it up on a long run by Nick Chubb down to Ole Miss’ 23-yard line. Eason’s next third-down pass intended for Reggie Davis is incomplete, and Georgia misses a 36-yard field goal attempt. Ole Miss maintains its 17-point lead.
END OF FIRST QUARTER: Ole Miss 17, Georgia 0
Ole Miss is building yet another big lead. A little trickeration on a double pass — Kelly to Markell Pack to Evan Engram for 37 yards — helps set up D’Vaughan Pennamon’s 1-yard touchdown run, the freshman’s first career score. Ole Miss 17, Georgia 0, 2:14 1Q
Derrick Jones, making his season debut after a suspension, intercepts Eason and returns it 52 yards for a score. DeMarquis Gates applied heavy pressure, hitting Eason as he threw. Ole Miss 10, Georgia 0, 7:12 1Q
D.J. Jones’ sack of Jacob Eason ends Georgia’s first possession, and Ole Miss moves to Georgia’s 6-yard line on a couple of long passes. But a first-down sack followed by a screen that went nowhere and an incompletion on third down makes the Rebels settle for Gary Wunderlich’s 24-yard field goal. Ole Miss 3, Georgia, 8:54 1Q
Ole Miss wins the toss, defers to the second half. Rebels will start on defense.
Georgia first-year coach Kirby Smart gets a second crack at trying to slow down Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly.
He knows from experience it won’t be easy.
“He’s a little bit like a rodeo bull rider,” Smart said. “This guy will do anything and he’s good at it. Trust me, I know from experience. He’s good.”
The 12th-ranked Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) are the higher-ranked team in this matchup , but will still be about a touchdown underdog when they travel to face the 23rd-ranked Rebels (1-2, 0-1) today. Georgia has won 10 straight games in the series dating back to 1996.
Some other things to watch when Ole Miss hosts Georgia on Saturday:
ENGRAM’S THE TARGET: Ole Miss senior tight end Evan Engram has emerged as Kelly’s favorite target this season. He’s caught 20 passes for 302 yards this season. Both numbers are tops in the nation for a tight end. Said Kelly: “He’s a heck of an athlete. He’s a playmaker, he’s aggressive. He likes to hit people, too. He’s a blocker, so he’s not just a receiving tight end.”
REBELS STRUGGLE TO KEEP LEADS: Ole Miss has already let two big leads get away during losses this season. The Rebels led Florida State 28-6 on Sept. 5 before eventually losing 45-34. Last weekend, Ole Miss had a 24-3 lead on No. 1 Alabama before the Tide rallied to win 48-43.
GEORGIA CAN COME BACK: While Ole Miss has had trouble keeping leads, Georgia has proven adept at coming back after falling behind early in games. The Bulldogs trailed by 10 points to both North Carolina and Missouri before winning both games.
CHUBB’S RESURGENCE: Georgia running back Nick Chubb has had a great start to the season after missing a big chunk of 2015 with a serious knee injury. The 5-foot-10, 228-pound junior has run for 365 yards and three touchdowns through three games. Said Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze: “Another great test for sure. They are going to present a great challenge to us in the run game and we’ve got to be sure that our eyes are disciplined.”
MCKENZIE EMERGES: Georgia receiver Isaiah McKenzie is having a breakout year, catching 18 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns in three games. He had 10 catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win against Missouri.