Ole Miss vs. Memphis live updates, score: Rebels win 48-28
It’s Ole Miss vs. Memphis in Oxford today in college football 2016.
We will have live updates from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium today. So bookmark this page and check back this evening at game time.
Ole Miss vs. Memphis game time: 6 p.m. central
TV Channel: ESPN2
Odds: Ole Miss – 14.5
Memphis beat Ole Miss last season 37-24 in Memphis, but that was with former coach Justin Fuente, who is now at Virginia Tech, and former quarterback Paxton Lynch, who is now in the NFL.
The new-look Memphis program appears just as dangerous.
While Ole Miss has had some ups and downs in September, the Tigers haven’t even been tested. Memphis has won its three games by an average of more than 40 points, including a 77-3 victory over Bowling Green last weekend.
Ole Miss will counter with an offense that’s averaging 40 points per game. The Rebels built a 45-0 lead last week over then-No. 12 Georgia before settling for the 45-14 victory.
FINAL: Ole Miss 48, Memphis 28. The 16th-ranked Rebels avenge last year’s loss to their regional rival and improve to 3-2 heading into an open date next week. Memphis falls to 3-1.
Woods adds to his productive night with his second interception of Ferguson. The sophomore safety also has a team-best eight tackles.
Ole Miss pieces together a nine-play, 85-yard drive scoring drive capped by a 32-yard touchdown run by Eugene Brazley, who’s been a spark for the offense with 119 yards and two scores on just 12 carries. Ole Miss 48, Memphis 28, 5:00 4Q
Memphis cashes in on the turnover with an eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive. Ferguson runs 2 yards for his second touchdown. Ole Miss 41, Memphis 28, 8:41 4Q
Kelly with an ill-advised throw off his back foot toward the end zone. It’s picked off.
While only having two sacks to show for it, Ole Miss’ defensive front has put pressure on Ferguson all night. It resulted in a hurried pass this time, which is picked by D.J. Jones. Rebels have forced three turnovers. Ole Miss take over at midfield.
Freshman safety Deontay Anderson is called for roughing the passer and targeting, which has him ejected for now. The play is being reviewed. The call stands.
Eugene Brazley caps the short scoring drive, bouncing off a defender to get in on a 6-yard run. Rebels have scored 14 unanswered points. Ole Miss 41, Memphis 21, 14:53 4Q
END OF THIRD QUARTER: Ole Miss 34, Memphis 21
Momentum shifting back in Ole Miss’ favor after Memphis shanks a punt. Rebels will have it at the Tigers’ 35.
That was fast. Rebels go 65 yards in seven plays to answer on Kelly’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Evan Engram, who’s been somewhat quiet tonight. Ole Miss 34, Memphis 21, 1:53 3Q
Memphis goes 99 yards in 13 plays to further cut into Ole Miss’ lead on Ferguson’s 1-yard touchdown run. Tigers have all the momentum. Ole Miss 27, Memphis 21, 3:36 3Q
Memphis fakes a punt from its own 27 and gets 12 yards to keep the drive alive. The Tigers find the end zone three plays later on Doroland Dorceus’ 11-yard touchdown run. Big sequence in this one. Ole Miss 27, Memphis 14, 10:11 3Q
Ole Miss takes the opening possession of the second half and gets inside Memphis’ 5 on a 53-yard run by Akeem Judd. But two D.K. Buford runs from the 3 net just two yards, and a false start didn’t help. Wunderlich extends the Rebels’ lead with his second field goal. Ole Miss 27, Memphis 7, 12:39 3Q
HALFTIME: Ole Miss 24, Memphis 7. Rebels have 262 total yards compared to Memphis’ 182 and are plus-2 in turnover margin. Kelly is 17 of 24 for 200 yards while two of Pellerin’s five runs have gone for scores.
Ole Miss using its jumbo package often early on. Rebels decided to go on fourth-and-2 near the Tigers’ 25, and Pellerin powers through a defender to pick up a fresh set of downs. Pellerin runs for his second touchdown — a 3-yarder — to increase the Rebels’ lead. Ole Miss 24, Memphis 7, 1:25 2Q
Two penalties on Ole Miss help move Memphis deep in Rebel territory, but intentional grounding backs the Tigers up before Marquis Haynes strips Ferguson on a sack. D.J. Jones scoops it up to get the ball back for the offense.
Ole Miss gets it back and faces fourth-and-4 at Memphis’ 43. Rebels punt.
Chad Kelly’s 39-yard completion to Evan Engram gets Ole Miss deep into Memphis territory again, but the Rebels’ next three plays next just two yards. Kelly nearly interception on third down. Rebels settle for Gary Wunderlich’s 32-yard field goal. Ole Miss 17, Memphis 7, 12:22 2Q
Anthony Miller finishes a four-play scoring drive for Memphis with a 7-yard touchdown run around the left end. Ole Miss had a 14-0 lead in last year’s meeting between these teams, too. Ole Miss 14, Memphis 7, 14:56 2Q
END OF FIRST QUARTER: Ole Miss 14, Memphis 0
Ferguson’s 41-yard completion — by far his longest of the night — has Memphis threatening for the first time. Tigers will have it first and goal at the Rebels’ 7 when the second quarter starts.
Ole Miss’ defense gets the Rebels points for the second straight week. The tight end wasn’t ready for Ferguson’s pass, and safety Zedrick Woods picks it off and goes 31 yards for a touchdown. Ole Miss 14, Memphis 0, 0:58 1Q
Freshman receiver A.J. getting a lot of work on this drive. Just caught three straight passes, but Ole Miss’ drive stalls just inside Memphis territory. Rebels punt for the first time.
Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson is 9 of 9 to start but has just 41 yards. Rebels keeping everything in front, force Tigers to punt again.
Ole Miss forces Memphis to punt after Zedrick Woods snuffs out a third-down screen near midfield. Ole Miss scores 13 plays later on Jason Pellerin’s 1-yard touchdown run. Rebels used their jumbo package once they reached the 15-yard line. Ole Miss 7, Memphis 0, 6:55 1Q
Memphis win the toss. Elects to receive.
Ole Miss has announced linebacker DeMarquis Gates will not play tonight, though no reason was given as to why. Head coach Hugh Freeze will address it after the game, the school says.
Freshman running back D’Vaughn Pennamon is not dressed out in warmups.