Postgame Notes: Ole Miss vs. Memphis
Oct. 1, 2016

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#16 OLE MISS 48, MEMPHIS 28 - 10/1/16



• This was the 62nd all-time meeting between Ole Miss and Memphis ... The Rebels now lead the series 49-11-2 and won their fourth straight over the Tigers in Oxford.


(All seniors): Evan Engram (TE), Issac Gross (DT), John Youngblood (DE)


Offense: DaMarkus Lodge (WR); Defense: Tayler Polk (OLB)


• Attendance at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium was 65,889, second-largest in school history behind the total of 66,176 for the Alabama game.

• This was Ole Miss’ 89th homecoming game ... The Rebels are now 72-15-2 all-time and have won 18 of the last 20.

• The Rebels outscored Memphis 14-0 in the first quarter and have now outscored opponents 55-6 in the opening frame this season.

• The Rebels scored first for the fifth time in five games this year.

• Ole Miss improves to 30-6 under Freeze when leading at the half and 32-7 under Freeze when scoring first.

• The Rebels now own an all-time record of 658-506-35 (.563 winning percentage) and a 37-20 record under Freeze (.649 winning percentage).




• Ole Miss recorded 624 total yards of offense, fifth-most in a game in school history ... It was the third straight game with more than 500 and the team’s most since racking up 665 vs. New Mexico State on Oct. 10 last year.

• The team’s 263 rushing yards were the most since totaling 265 vs. New Mexico State last year.

• The Rebels converted six of seven red-zone attempts in the game and have now converted 23 of 25 chances this season.

• Ole Miss had two 100-yard rushers for the first time since Presbyterian in 2014 ... The Rebels hadn’t had one 100-yard rusher yet this year.

• Senior QB Chad Kelly completed 30 of 44 passes for 361 yards with a TD and an INT ... It was his third game going over 300 yards this season.

• Kelly has tied Bo Wallace for the school record with 11 career 300-yard passing games.

• Kelly extended his own school record with his 18th consecutive game throwing a TD pass.

• With 361 passing yards, Kelly passed Jevan Snead and John Fourcade into fifth place on the all-time Ole Miss passing yardage list with 5,638.

• With 361 total yards, Kelly passed Kent Austin into fifth place on the all-time Ole Miss total yardage list with 6,262.

• Junior RB Eugene Brazley rushed 13 times for a career-high 124 yards and his first two rushing TDs of the season ... He added three catches for 25 yards.

• Senior RB Akeem Judd ran the ball 15 times for a career-high 108 yards.

• Brazley and Judd are the first 100-yard rushers for Ole Miss since Chad Kelly went over the century mark against Arkansas last year.

• Redshirt-freshman QB Jason Pellerin rushed eight times for 22 yards and punched in his second and third rushing TDs of the season with a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter and 3-yard dash in the second quarter.

• Senior TE Evan Engram had four catches for 82 yards and a touchdown ... He is now tied with Barney Poole for the second-most touchdown catches by an Ole Miss tight end with 11 in his career.

• Redshirt-freshman WR Van Jefferson led the team with seven catches for 79 yards.

• Junior WR Damore’ea Stringfellow had six catches for a career-high 94 yards.


• Sophomore DB Zedrick Woods snagged two interceptions and returned one of them 31 yards for a TD, his first career score ... It was the Rebels’ second straight game with a pick-six ... Woods also led the team with eight tackles, including 1.5 TFLs.

• Junior DE Marquis Haynes tallied six tackles with 2.0 TFLs and a sack ... He forced a fumble that led to a turnover and had another QB hurry that led to an INT.

• Senior DT D.J. Jones collected a pair of Tiger turnovers with his first career fumble recovery and first career interception.


• Junior K/P Gary Wunderlich made both of his field goals, converting from 32 and 23 yards, and all six PAT tries.

• Junior P Will Gleeson punted twice for a 40.5-yard average, landing both of them inside the 20, including one that was downed at the 1-yard line.

• Senior QB Chad Kelly booted a 42-yard punt into the end zone, his second punt of the year.


Team Notes

  • Memphis team captains: Jake Elliott, Riley Ferguson, Arthur Maulet, Phil Mayhue
  • The Tigers won the pregame coin toss and elected to receive for the fourth-straight game.
  • A crowd of 65,889 attended Saturday’s Memphis-Ole Miss game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The second-highest attendance in Ole Miss history.
  • Memphis played its first road game of the season. With the loss, the Tigers are 10-14 in road games over the last five seasons.
  • With Ole Miss’ opening-drive TD, the Rebels became the first team to score a first-quarter TD against Memphis this season. Memphis came into the game outscoring its opponents 70-3 in the first quarter and 118-13 in the first half. The Tigers had either been in the lead or tied for the first 188:05 of the 2016 season.

Offense Notes

  • The 28 points scored by Memphis are the most the Tigers have scored in a game in Oxford, Miss. The previous high was 25 in 2006 (28-25 Ole Miss win).
  • QB Riley Ferguson recorded his second-consecutive 300-yard passing game. Ferguson was 30-of-46 passing for 353 yards. The 30 completions are tied for the 11th-most and his 343 passing yards are tied for the 20th-best for a game in program history.
  • QB Riley Ferguson ran for two TD. It was the first multiple-rushing TD game of his career.
  • WR Anthony Miller scored the Tigers’ first TD of the game. The score was his first rushing TD of the season and the third of his career.
  • WR Anthony Miller posted his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and the fifth of his career. Miller finished with 10 receptions for 132 yards.
  • WR Anthony Miller tied a career high with 10 receptions. His previous career high was against Ole Miss in 2015.
  • WR Anthony Miller had long catches of 41 and 42 yards. It is the first game in Miller’s career with two catches over 40 yards.
  • With his 72 yards rushing Saturday, Doroland Dorceus continued his climb up the Memphis career rushing chart. He now has 1,322 career yards, which is tied for No. 19 on the Tigers all-time rushing list with Ray Jamieson (1968-71). Up next for Dorceus is Punkin Williams, who rushed for 1,378 yards from 1983-84.
  • QB Riley Ferguson threw an INT in the first quarter, his first since the season-opener vs. Southeast Missouri. Ferguson had gone 78-consecutive passing attempts without an INT.
  • WR Phil Mayhue extended his consecutive-games-with-a-reception streak to 20 straight with a first-quarter catch. Mayhue’s catch came on the Tigers’ opening drive. Mayhue finished the game with six catches for 69 yards.

Defense Notes

  • DL Christian Johnson made his first start of the season. Johnson started 11 games in 2015.
  • Ole Miss scored on its opening drive, marking the first time this season that Memphis trailed. The Tigers had either been in the lead or tied for the first 188:05 of the 2016 season.
  • DB Arthur Maulet intercepted his second pass of the season and fourth of his career in the fourth quarter vs. Ole Miss.
  • With Arthur Maulet’s INT, the Tigers have at least one takeaway in each game this season. 

Special Teams Notes

  • Memphis converted a fourth down on a fake punt in the third quarter. Punter Spencer Smith completed a 12-yard pass to DB Arthur Maulet from the Tigers’ 27-yard line. Memphis later scored on the drive on an 11-yard rush by RB Doroland Dorceus.
  • PK Jake Elliott did not attempt a FG for a second consecutive game. The only other time Elliott went back-to-back games without a FG attempt was in 2013 – vs. Cincinnati (10/31) and vs. UT Martin (11/9). In his career, Elliott has made at least one FG in 32-of-42 career games and has attempted at least one FG 34 games.
  • PK Jake Elliott was 4-of-4 on PAT vs. Ole Miss Saturday. He extended his PAT streak to 166 straight. He is 166-of-166 on PAT for his career.
  • PK Jake Elliott remains in third place on the all-time scoring chart. He entered Saturday’s game with 357 points and now has 361 points after his three PAT vs. Ole Miss. Elliott only trails Stephen Gostkowski (369) and DeAngelo Williams (362) on that list.




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