POSTGAME NOTES: South Alabama
Sept. 2, 2017
•Today’s meeting was the first between the two schools.
FIRST-TIME STARTERS (5)
Offense: D.K. Metcalf (WR)
•Today’s attendance was 62,532.
• This game marked the kickoff of the 123rd season of football at Ole Miss and the first under head coach Matt Luke. The Rebels now boast an all-time record of 661-511-35 (.563 winning percentage). Ole Miss’ last five head coaches have all been victorious in their debut on the Rebel sideline.
• The Rebels are now 91-27-5 all-time in season openers (.760 winning percentage) and have taken 18 of the last 22.
• The Rebels’ 531 total offensive yards were the most since Auburn last season (570) and the 429 passing yards were also the most since the game versus the Tigers a year ago (465).
• Sophomore QB Shea Patterson connected with sophomore WR A.J. Brown on 71 and 77-yard touchdown passes in the third quarter. The 77-yarder was Patterson’s longest career completion and Brown’s longest career reception, and the longest TD pass since Jevan Snead connected with Mike Wallace for 88 yards in 2008 versus Louisiana-Monroe. It also marked the first time in school history a receiver recorded two 70-plus yard TD catches in the same game. Patterson joined Eli Manning as the only two Rebel QBs with two 70-plus yard touchdown passes in the same game. Manning recorded the feat against Vanderbilt in 2002.
• Patterson completed 28 of 35 attempts (80.0 pct.) for career-best 429 yards and four touchdowns. The 429 yards passing was the most since Chad Kelly threw for 465 yards against Auburn last year and the third most in school history trailing only Kelly and Archie Manning (436). The four TD passes were a personal best and the most since Kelly tossed four scores against Florida State a year ago.
• Brown’s 233 yards receiving (eight catches) broke Eddie Small’s school record of 210 yards set versus Vanderbilt in 1993. It is also the 13th most receiving yards in a game in SEC history and the most in the conference since South Carolina’s Pharoh Cooper posted 233 versus Tennessee in 2014.
• Junior WR DaMarkus Lodge caught five passes for 51 yards and a career-best two TDs.
• Sophomore RB D’Vaughn Pennamon rushed for 34 yards on seven carries including a touchdown.
• Junior DB C.J. Moore earned his first career start at free safety and led the Rebels with a career-high eight tackles (six solo).
• Sophomore DT Josiah Coatney earned his first career start and posted a career-best 5 tackles including a team-best 2.0 TFLs.
• Senior DB A.J. Moore posted three stops (two solo) including 1.0 QB sack.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
• Sophomore Jaylon Jones returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. It was Jones’ first career kickoff return for a touchdown and the Rebels’ first since Jaylen Walton pulled it off against Texas in 2012.
• Sophomore D’Vaughn Pennamon returned his first career kickoff for 46 yards.
• Freshman Luke Logan made his Rebel debut as the kickoff specialist.
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