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OXFORD,Miss. -- Coming off a thrilling 39-35 win at Vanderbilt in its season opener last Thursday, the Ole Miss football team makes its 2013 home debut, as the Rebels host the Southeast Missouri Redhawks Saturday at 6 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.  It marks the Rebels' only home contest in the first five games of the season.

"We’re really pleased to come out of a road SEC game with a win, particularly having to come back several times," head coach Hugh Freeze said. "Our kids fought the entire 60 minutes, we certainly made a lot of mistakes but we’ll get them corrected.  It’s nice to be 1-0, I’ve been on the other side of those games and I know the feeling that (Vanderbilt) coach (James) Franklin and his staff and kids are having and it’s not much fun.  

"We’re blessed to have not played our best, but still find a way to win.  We’re looking forward to getting back to play at home, which is always special.  We have to play with a little something extra and defend our home, and so we’re excited about playing in Vaught Hemingway Stadium in front of our home crowd.”

Senior running back Jeff Scott electrified the Nashville crowd with a 75-yard touchdown run to give the Rebels a 39-35 lead with 1:07 left in the game, then junior safety Cody Prewitt intercepted a pass with 26 seconds left to seal the win.

"I felt comfortable that the run would get us 10 or more yards if they played two-man again, and it would have but then we had a guy seal the edge and Jeff made a phenomenal run on the outside," Freeze said of Scott's run. “I can’t say that’s what I was expecting, but kids make great plays on good teams and he made one."

Six Rebels started their first college game, and 14 players made their college debut, including wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, who set an Ole Miss freshman record with nine catches for 82 yards.

"That's him," said junior quarterback Bo Wallace, who tied a career high with 31 completions on 47 attempts for 283 and also rushed for two touchdowns.  "That's why he was the number one receiver recruit in the nation. That's what he does. He's not just terribly fast, but he has great ball skills, and you just have to give him a chance."

The Rebels ride a three-game winning streak, dating back to last season, and look to start 2-0 for the second straight year. It is the first meeting between Ole Miss and Southeast Missouri, which lost 45-7 to Southeastern Louisiana in its season opener last week.

“There’s a lot of D-I AA schools that beat D-I schools so we will have to really prepare,” Freeze said. “Southeast Missouri really eats the clock on offense and it’s never fun preparing for an option style team, it’s not something you look at every week.

"I look forward to sharing with them what it’s like to play at home, particularly for our new kids.  They all get to experience the Walk of Champions and see their families out there, and hopefully they can understand what it all means.  I’m looking forward to sharing with them how special it is.”

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