Oxford, MS (Sports Network) - Jordan Rodgers completed a 26-yard touchdown pass
to Chris Boyd with 52 seconds remaining to lift the Vanderbilt Commodores to an
important 27-26 win over the Ole Miss Rebels in an SEC battle at Vaught-
Rodgers went 20-of-35 for 267 yards and two touchdowns as he led the Commodores
(6-4, 4-3 SEC) back from a 23-6 deficit in the second half. Jordan Matthews
made nine receptions for 152 yards and a score while Boyd made five grabs for
64 yards and the game-winning touchdown. Javon Marshall anchored the defense
with 11 total tackles and one tackle for loss as the Commodores became bowl
eligible for the second straight season.
Ole Miss (5-5, 2-4) gained 458 yards of total offense as it lost its second
game in a row. Bo Wallace completed 31-of-49 attempts for a career-high 403
yards and a touchdown. Ja-Mes Logan made eight catches for 160 yards, Donte
Moncrief tallied 74 yards on eight receptions, and Vince Sanders reeled in five
passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.
The Rebels struck first as Wallace completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to
Sanders at the 11:16 mark of the opening period. The Commodores scored their
first points in the final minute of the first quarter as Casey Spear chipped in
a 22-yard field goal.
Ole Miss added straight nine points and increased its advantage to 16-3 as
Bryson Rose kicked in field goals from 22, 28, and 41 yards out. Vanderbilt
managed to put Spear in position to make a 44-yard field goal in the closing
seconds of the first half, which sent the Commodores into the intermission
The Rebels drove 56 yards on nine plays after receiving the ball to start the
second half. Wallace's one-yard touchdown run finished off the drive and gave
the home team a commanding 23-6 lead.
Rodgers begin to guide Vandy back as he completed a 52-yard touchdown pass to
Matthews at the 9:52 mark of the third frame. The Commodores then produced an
11-play, 51-yard drive which Wesley Tate finished off with a two-yard plunge
into the end zone. Tate's rushing score reduced the Rebels' lead to just three
points, 23-20, as the game progressed into the fourth quarter.
Neither side managed to put any points on the scoreboard in the final quarter
until Rose netted a 27-yard field goal with 2:43 left in regulation. Rose's
fourth field goal made it mandatory for the Commodores to pursue a touchdown.
Vanderbilt took over possession with 2:43 left to play on its own 21-yard line.
Rodgers went 6-of-7 for 77 yards including the game-winning touchdown pass on
the final drive.
Ole Miss made it to midfield, but the Commodores forced a turnover on downs to
seal the win.
Despite the loss, the Rebels gained 458 yards of total offense and limited the
Commodores to 371 yards.
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