FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Ole Miss 31, VMI 7
Sept. 9, 2016
FRIDAY FLASHBACK rewinds to some of the memorable Ole Miss games from this week's all-time series. This week, we revisit a game from 1961, when the Rebels beat Virginia Military Institue in Jackson, Mississippi 31-7.
After building a 28-0 halftime lead, it didn't matter that the Rebels were lethargic in the second half.
Ole Miss scored on its first two possessions, junior college transfer John Avery scoring on a 5-yard run and Moore going in from 1 yard.
VMI, playing its season opener, picked up three quick first downs to open the game. But after breaking into Ole Miss territory, Al Lester's pass was intercepted by Ronnie Heard to set up Avery's score.
Moore, who had 19 carries, capped the second drive early in the second quarter with consecutive 1-yard runs after Paul Head converted a third-and-12 with a 15-yard pass to Ta'Boris Fisher.
Head, who has won four of his five games since taking over at quarterback last season, was efficient, completing 12 of 17 passes for 113 yards.
A 56-yard punt return by Andre Rone to the VMI 15 set up Head's 10-yard TD pass to Grant Heard midway through the second quarter. Fisher returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown in the final minute of the first half.
VMI got its only touchdown after Cornell Lewis ended Ole Miss' first second-half possession by intercepting Head's pass at the Ole Miss 30. Five plays later, Thomas Haskins scored on a 3-yard run.
Haskins, a I-AA All-American who has had consecutive 1,500-yard seasons, had 85 yards on 25 carries.
Ole Miss was driving early in the fourth quarter when Avery fumbled while going into the end zone. Tom Curran recovered at the 1, but VMI couldn't get out of the hole and punted.
The Rebels capped the scoring with 5:45 left when Tim Montz kicked a 47-yard field goal.
Ole Miss now jumps into the meat of its schedule. The Rebels play four straight Southeastern Conference games, beginning next week against No. 18 Auburn, the first of three Top 25 opponents in that stretch.
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