Instant Reaction: Ole Miss defeats Vandy, 31-17
OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss defeated Vanderbilt, 31-17, to finish the home slate with a perfect 7-0 record, the first time that has been done since 1992. Here’s our instant reaction from the win.
- The Rebels improve to 9-2. The last time Ole Miss won nine games in a season was 2015. That 2015 season ended with a Sugar Bowl victory.
- For the first time since the game versus Tulane, Ole Miss had its top three receivers play: Braylon Sanders, Jonathan Mingo, and Dontario Drummond.
- Third down continues to be a weak spot for the Ole Miss offense, as the Rebels were 1-for-8 on third down.
- The Ole Miss defense gave up 454 yards to a Vanderbilt team that averages only 297 yards per game.
- The offense’s second half struggles continue. The Rebs only scored 7 second-half points versus Vanderbilt.
Offensive MVP: Matt Corral
In Corral’s final game in Vaught-Hemingway, he completed 27 of 36 passes and threw for 326 yards with 2 touchdowns. He ran 7 times for 29 yards.
Defensive MVP: Deantre Prince
Prince finished the game with 7 total tackles, 5 of which were solo tackles. He also had a timely phenomenal toe-tap interception while Vanderbilt was driving in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
ALL THE WAY 🆙 pic.twitter.com/azFMZhjbio
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) November 21, 2021
Play of the Game
With 7:47 remaining in the 4th quarter, Matt Corral completed a 45-yard pass to Jahcour Pearson. Pearson led the team in receiving with four catches for 101 yards.
(Feature image credit: Josh McCoy, Ole Miss)
Nick Filipich was born and raised in Biloxi, MS. He is an Ole Miss alum with a degree in Sports and Recreation Administration. A sports junkie with a great passion for all things Ole Miss, Nick played baseball and football in high school — which is where he discovered his love for sports. He is an avid Braves and Saints fan, and in his free time enjoys spending time with family, friends and his black lab, Dixie.