Postgame Notes: Ole Miss vs. Georgia Southern
Nov. 5, 2016

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POSTGAME NOTES OLE MISS 37, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 27 - 11/5/16

SERIES INFORMATION • This was the first meeting between the two teams. • Ole Miss improved to 31-1-2 against current Sun Belt teams, including 5-0 under head coach Hugh Freeze.

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

FIRST-TIME STARTERS (1) Defense: Benito Jones (DT)

GENERAL NOTES • Attendance at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium was 60,263. • The Rebels scored first for the eighth time in nine games. • Ole Miss led 31-21 at the half and has still not trailed at halftime this season. • Ole Miss improved to 8-3 after a loss over the last three seasons and snapped a three-game losing streak. • The Rebels improved to 33-9 under Freeze when they score first. • The Rebels now own an all-time record of 659-509-35 (.562 winning percentage) and a 38-23 record under Freeze (.623 winning percentage).

OFFENSIVE NOTES • Ole Miss converted on five of six chances in the red zone, only because of kneeling to close the game. • Senior QB Chad Kelly completed 16 of 23 passes for 226 yards with a TD and no INTs, adding 23 rushing yards and two TDs on six carries ... He left the game late in the third quarter with a knee injury. • Kelly extended his own school record with his 22nd consecutive game throwing a TD pass ... He came in tied for the third-longest active streak among FBS players. • Kelly’s touchdown pass was the 50th of his Rebel career ... He also moved up to fourth on the Ole Miss charts with 503 career completions. • Senior TE Evan Engram had four catches for 75 yards and scored his seventh TD of the season. • Engram eclipsed the single-season school record for catches by a tight end with 53 ... Previous record was 52 by Barney Poole in 1947. • Engram moved up to fifth in school history in career receptions (150), passing Bill Flowers (149 from 2001-04). • Senior RB Akeem Judd rushed for a career-high 139 yards on 26 carries with his fifth touchdown of the year ... It’s the most rushing yards by a Rebel since Jordan Wilkins had 171 vs. Presbyterian on Nov. 8, 2014. • Junior WR Damore’ea Stringfellow had a game-high five catches for 66 yards.

 

 

DEFENSIVE NOTES • Senior DE Fadol Brown led the team with a career-high 14 tackles, doubling his previous high of seven from last year’s Vanderbilt game ... He recorded 1.5 TFLs and 0.5 sack. • Senior LB Rommel Mageo registered 12 tackles with 1.5 TFLs. • Junior LB DeMarquis Gates was also in double figures with 11 tackles and 0.5 TFL. • Sophomore DB Zedrick Woods had six tackles and snagged his team-leading third interception of the season.

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES • Junior K/P Gary Wunderlich made all three FG attempts (from 35, 29 and 38 yards) and all four PAT tries ... He also punted twice for a 40.5-yard average. • Wunderlich moved into a tie for fourth on the school’s list of career field goal leaders with 41, tied with Brian Lee (1989-92). • Senior TE Hunter Thurley made his presence known on special teams, collecting his first six care

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