Ole Miss Football: Rebels sink Commodores in Nashville

Ole Miss football was in action Saturday as they traveled to Nashville to face the Vanderbilt Commodores in what would be a beatdown for the Dores.

Saturday afternoon was a good one for Ole Miss football fans. Coach Lane Kiffin and the Ole Miss Rebels (2-4) were in Nashville for their sixth game of the season as they faced the Vanderbilt Commodores (0-4). The Rebels entered the matchup coming off a controversial 28-35 home loss to the Auburn Tigers while Vandy entered the matchup coming off a 41-7 road loss at South Carolina.

So Saturday the Rebel hammered Vandy in a 54-21 beatdown. While it is easy to say, “well it is just Vandy”, the Kiffin/Lebby offense was back on track and solid. The defense looked improved and seemed to be more aggressive. Ole Miss was heavily favored coming into the matchup and proved to be the best team on the field by a large margin. Most importantly it put the Rebels back in the win column. OHT takes a look at the game by the numbers.

By The Numbers

When we say this was a beatdown we only have to look at the numbers to get a really good idea of how bad it was. The Rebels put up 641 yards of total offense which was their second-biggest outing in the 2020 college football season just behind the 647 yards they put up against Bama. It was the third time they put 600+ yards this season.

Matt Corral had another career day that saw records broken. Corral completed his first 19 passes consecutively to surpass Eli Manning’s record of 18. Corral was 31 of 34 for 412 yards and 6 TDs. It was Corral’s first 400+ yard passing performance as a Rebel and his fourth 300+ yard passing game of the season and career.

As impressive as Corral’s performance was one can be sure there was a receiver who had a great performance as well. Elijah Moore had 14 receptions for 238 yards and 3 TDs leading to more records being broken. Moore’s 14 receptions tied the school record held by both AJ Brown and Laquon Treadwell and his 238 receiving yards broke AJ Brown’s record of 233 receiving yards in a single game.

The receptions tied a school record alongside A.J. Brown (Nov. 11, 2017, vs. Louisiana) and Laquon Treadwell (Oct. 17, 2015 vs. Memphis) … The previous record for yards was 233 by A.J. Brown (Sept. 2, 2017 vs. South Alabama) … A Rebel has had a game with 3 receiving TDs 10 times throughout history.

Also, according to OleMissSports.com,

• Moore’s game was the sixth time a Rebel WR had at least 200 yards receiving … Moore has two of those games, the only Rebel to accomplish that in school history … He joined A.J. Brown as the only Ole Miss WRs with multiple 200-yard receiving games over a career.
• It was Moore’s 8th 100-yard receiving game of his career (fourth this season), passing Evan Engram for fifth-most by an Ole Miss Rebel.
• Moore moved to fifth on the all-time receptions list (164), passing Evan Engram (162) and Donte Moncrief (156).
• Moore also cracked the Ole Miss’ top 10 in career receiving yards (2,077), jumping to eighth bypassing Grant Heard (2,029), J.R. Ambrose (2,012), and Mike Wallace (1,910).
• Moore’s three touchdowns gave him 14 for his career, tied with DaMarkus Lodge and D.K. Metcalf for ninth in program history.

Other Notables

Graduate transfer TE Kenny Yeboah hauled in 3 receptions for 32 yards and 2 TDs giving him 6 TDs this season and placing him seventh on the all-time touchdown list by an Ole Miss tight end. Snoop Connor recorded his 5th TD of the 2020 Ole Miss football season giving him 10 career TDs. John Rhys Plumlee saw playing time and completed a 37-yard TD pass to Braylon Sanders. The TD was the first of the season for both Plumlee and Sanders.

On defense, the Rebels looked much improved. The Rebels forced three turnovers which is the most in any game thus far this season. The Rebels defense allowed only 21 points to the Vandy offense which is also a season-low.

The Vandy game was a much-needed win for coach Lane Kiffin and the Rebels. The Rebels have a bye this week and will prepare for the SEC East South Carolina Gamecocks who roll into Oxford next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6:30 pm at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and the game will be televised via the SEC Network. Stay safe and Hotty Toddy!