No. 18 Rebels Roll Terriers to Open Renovated Vaught-Hemingway
Sept. 10, 2016

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OXFORD, Miss.
 - A school-record crowd of 64,232 showed for No. 18 Ole Miss' home opener at newly renovated Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and the Rebels certainly did not disappoint the assembled throng.

Senior quarterback Chad Kelly passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns as the Rebels ran over Wofford 38-13 Saturday in front of the largest crowd to see a college football game in the state of Mississippi.

Kelly wasted little time getting the Rebels on the board after he guided Ole Miss 42 yards on the opening drive of the game and kicker Gary Wunderlich connected from 40 yards out to give the Rebels a 3-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

After the Landshark Defense forced a Terrier three-and-out, the Rebel offense took over on their own 19-yard line. Kelly marched Ole Miss 81 yards capped by a five-yard touchdown strike to Markell Pack that gave the Rebels a 10-0 lead with 7:11 to go in the first quarter. Kelly completed 20-of-27 passes and threw no picks in three quarters of football, while Pack finished with three grabs for 46 yards and a score.

"Glad to get a win in the home opener at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field," Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said. "It was good to get a win on a short week where preparation was difficult, especially against this offense."

Following another Wofford punt, Kelly led the Rebels on an 11 play, 92-scoring scoring drive culminating in a 10-yard touchdown pass to freshman wideout D.K. Metcalf to put the Rebels up 17-0 in the second quarter.

Senior running back Akeem Judd led the Rebel rushing attack with 64 yards on 11 carries as Ole miss rushed for 174 yards on the ground. Junior Damore'ea Stringfellow posted a team-high five receptions for 40 yards, while redshirt freshman receiver Van Jefferson added 4 catches for 31 yards. Nine different Ole Miss receivers recorded a reception in the game. 

Wofford jumped on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter with a 29-yard field goal following a 17 play, 70-yard drive that took 9:08 off the clock. Ole Miss responded on the ensuing kickoff after senior Carlos Davis returned the kick 62 yards to give the Rebels great field position to start the drive. Kelly found senior wideout Quincy Adeboyejo six plays late in the corner of the endzone from six yards out for his third TD pass of the first half.

"I thought that he (Kelly)was good," Freeze said. "He threw it well. He was 20-of-27. That is a pretty solid day for him. I thought that was important. He needs to get back to the way he played the last seven games and I thought he did that today."

The Ole Miss defense limited the Terriers to just 305 yards of total offense and only 72 yards through the air. It marked the fewest passing yards the Rebels have allowed in a game since giving up 67 yards passing to Presbyterian in 2014. Senior transfer linebacker Rommel Mageo led the team with eight tackles, including three solo stops, and the Rebels posted 6.0 TFLs as a team.

Ole Miss extended its lead to 31-3 in the third quarter after redshirt freshman quarterback Jason Pellerin plunged into the endzone from three yards out with 5:07 remaining in the period. Wofford scored its only touchdown of the game on a 17-yard scamper from quarterback Brad Butler with 10:27 to go in the game.

Pellerin found freshman A.J. Brown in the corner of the endzone from 12-yards out with 6:16 to go in the fourth quarter. Pellerin threw for 23 yards and that score in mop up duty and added 27 yards and a TD on the ground. The Terriers added a 50-yard field goal with 2:28 left for the final score of 38-13

The game was delayed approximately 20-minutes during halftime due to severe weather in the Oxford area. 

Ole Miss continues its four-game homestand next week when the Rebels welcome the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide to Oxford for the SEC opener. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised by CBS.


 

 

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