Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt live updates, score 2016: Commodores handle Rebels
FINAL: Vanderbilt 38, Ole Miss 17. An ugly performance for the Rebels, who need to beat Mississippi State next week to become bowl eligible.
Ole Miss and Vanderbilt are trading punts here late. Ole Miss takes over at its own 34 with 2:21 left still trailing by three touchdowns.
Ole Miss gets the ball back after the quick score but is unable to do anything with it, punting after a 3 & Out. Vanderbilt cashes in their drive with another touchdown pass by Shurmur after replay booth overturned an incomplete call in the end zone. Vanderbilt 38, Ole Miss 17 8:36 4Q
Fourth quarter begins with more Patterson scrambling, but this time he finds Evan Engram for a 39 yard touchdown pass. Engram had to juggle it but came up with the ball. Rebels cut the deficit to two scores. Vanderbilt 31, Ole Miss 17 14:44 4Q
End of 3rd Quarter: Vanderbilt 31, Ole Miss 10. Rebels with a 2 & 11 at the Commodore 39 when the 4th quarter begins
Ralph Webb continues to give Ole Miss fits. Webb rushes for his third touchdown off the night when Vanderbilt went for it on 4 & 1 from the 1 yard-line. Commodores up three touchdowns. Vanderbilt 31, Ole Miss 10 2:11 3Q
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Ole Miss’ first drive of the half ends in disaster. After Evan Engram made a sideline catch to keep the drive going, Akeem Judd fumbled the ball two plays later into Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham’s arms. Vanderbilt tacks on a field goal, extending their lead. Vanderbilt 24, Ole Miss 10 3Q
The second half starts with a lot of moving parts. Donaven Tennyson fumbles the ball on a reverse play, Tony Connor appeared to recover. A review was called by the booth and showed Connor was out of bounds, as well as DeMarquis Gates getting ejected for targeting. Vanderbilt kept the ball and capped the 90-yard drive with an 11-yard run by Ralph Webb. Vanderbilt 21, Ole Miss 10 10:48 3Q
Gates will miss the first half of next week’s Egg Bowl with Mississippi State due to the ejection.
Halftime: Vanderbilt 14, Ole Miss 10. Rebels’ final 5 drives of the half resulted in 4 punts and 1 T.O.D.
Patterson has had to scramble a lot the last few possessions. Ole Miss with 1 3 & Out to Vandy’s 0 but have punted 4 times in the first half. Vanderbilt 14, Ole Miss 10 2:53 2Q
A personal foul on Jalen Julius and a missed tackle by Zedrick Woods, leading to a 39 yard catch, put Vanderbilt at the Ole Miss 10 yard-line. Three plays later Kyle Shurmur hit Trent Sherfield for 5 yards and gives the Commodores their first lead of the night. Vanderbilt 14, Ole Miss 10 6:15 2Q
Another Ole Miss drive ends with Strinfellow unable to haul in a catch on 4 & 1. It was ruled a catch on the field but replay booth overturned it. Vanderbilt ball at their 28. Ole Miss 10, Vanderbilt 7 8:59 2Q
Ole Miss has their third straight drive end with a punt. Rod Taylor called for a illegal low block to start, backing the Rebels up then Patterson was sacked for 9 yards, which killed the drive. Ole Miss 10, Vanderbilt 7 12:50 2Q
End of 1st Quarter: Ole Miss 10, Vanderbilt 7
Bad defensive possession all around for Ole Miss as they were called for 12 men on the field before the first play of Vanderbilt’s drive. Then quarterback Kyle Shurmur throws a 67-yard pass followed by a 4-yard run by Ralph Webb to put the Commodores on the board. Ole Miss 10, Vanderbilt 7 :30 1Q
Vanderbilt had another positive drive going but a Fadol Brown sack disrupts it and the Commodores punt it away. Ole Miss will start at their 5 for their third possession of the game. Ole Miss 10, Vanderbilt 0 3:39 1Q
After going 3 & out on their second, Ole Miss punts but Vanderbilt muffs the punt and the Rebels recovered at the Commodore 21. One play later Shea Patterson scrambles around and finds Akeem Judd for a 21-yard touchdown pass. Ole Miss 10, Vanderbilt 0 6:51 1Q
Vanderbilt’s first possession starts postive as three straight runs gets them past midfield but the drive stalls at the Ole Miss 46. Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt’s top rusher got the ball twice for a total of 7 yards. Ole Miss 3, Vanderbilt 0 7:42 1Q
Ole Miss won the toss and elected to give the ball to Shea Patterson and the offense the ball first. Opening drive proves fruitful in the running game as the Rebels picked up 53 yards on the ground. The drive stalls inside Vanderbilt’s 10 yard-line as Gary Wunderlich hits a 14-yard FG. Ole Miss 3, Vanderbilt 0 10:51 1Q
It’s Shea-Time in Nashville tonight: Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt and new Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson gets another shot at showing what he’s got.
Game time tonight: 7 p.m. central
TV channel: SEC Network
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Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt Preview
Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason thought it was fun watching Ole Miss freshman Shea Patterson in his college debut last week. Defending against the quarterback who just led a big fourth-quarter rally to upset then-No. 8 Texas A&M brings out an entirely different emotion.
“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Mason said.
The Commodores (4-6, 1-5 Southeastern Conference) are hosting Ole Miss (5-5, 2-4) on Saturday night with time and games running out to become bowl eligible. The Rebels suddenly have new life with Patterson showing just how effective he could be taking over once they lost senior Chad Kelly to a knee injury, posting a 29-28 comeback winon the SEC road.
Mason said the Ole Miss offense remains similar, but the 6-foot-2 Patterson reminds the Vandy coach of another quarterback he had to defend against while at Stanford in Marcus Mariota with the freshman able to run and extend plays while also looking downfield to make a bigger play. That makes containing Patterson, who ran 15 times for 64 yards at Texas A&M, crucial.
“This quarterback is capable of having a big game,” Mason said.
Patterson will be making his second straight start on the SEC road, though visiting the smallest stadium in the league will be a much easier trip than going to Kyle Field. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze isn’t worried after what he saw in Patterson’s debut. Patterson threw for 338 yards and drove the Rebels to four scores in the big comeback after 21-6.
“As the game went on, I thought he got more and more comfortable, and the fourth quarter he had for a true freshman in that environment was pretty special,” Freeze said.
Vanderbilt now has lost two straight and needs its first win over Ole Miss since 2012 to play its way into bowl eligibility. The Commodores are coming off a 26-17 loss at Missouri .
Some other things to know about the Rebels’ visit to Vanderbilt:
OLE MISS STARTS FAST: Ole Miss has just a 5-5 record despite having a lead at halftime in nine out of 10 games. The only time the Rebels trailed was last week against Texas A&M. Said Freeze: “Maybe we need to try that more often.”
COMMODORES NO CUPCAKE: Ole Miss has won three straight games against Vanderbilt including a 27-16 victory in Oxford last season . But this has been a very close series over the past decade. The Commodores have won six out of the past 11 meetings dating back to 2005.
RALPH WEBB’S HEALTH: The Commodores have been using a running back by committee approach with junior Ralph Webb recovering from an injured ankle. Webb had been leading the SEC in rushing earlier this season and still ranks fifth in the league. But Webb ran for only 46 yards in a loss at Auburn and had just 34 last week at Missouri. He currently has 935 yards rushing and needs 150 yards to become Vandy’s all-time leading rusher.
BOWL HOPES: Ole Miss needs one more win to be bowl eligible for a fifth-straight season. The last time the Rebels made five straight bowls was from 1957 to 1971, when the program made the postseason 15 consecutive times. Freeze said making a bowl matters as a reward for the seniors and with so many underclassmen needing the extra practice.
SHURMUR IMPROVING: Vandy quarterback Kyle Shurmur is coming off his best back-to-back games, throwing for 473 yards to rank second in the SEC in November. He threw for 252 yards last week at Missouri, completing passes to nine different receivers. But he also was intercepted twice.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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