Scores

Final

Ole Miss 17

(1-2, 0-1 SEC)

Vanderbilt 31

(2-1, 1-1 SEC)

7:00 PM ET, September 15, 2007

Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
MISS 3 0 7 717
VAN 7 7 0 1731

Top Performers

Passing: C. Nickson (VAN) - 200 YDS

Rushing: C. Jackson-Garrison (VAN) - 23 CAR, 119 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: M. Wallace (MISS) - 4 REC, 139 YDS, 2 TD

Vanderbilt 31, Mississippi 17

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Chris Nickson threw for 200 yards and ran for 78 more and a touchdown to lead Vanderbilt to a 31-17 win over Mississippi Saturday night.

Cassen Jackson-Garrison had three touchdowns and 127 yards rushing, and the Commodores (2-1) improved to 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference, while the Rebels (1-2) dropped their league opener for the fourth consecutive year. Ole Miss fell to 46-34-2 against Vanderbilt.

Brent Schaeffer relieved Seth Adams in the fourth quarter, and threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace on his first attempt to narrow the score to 24-17. Schaeffer failed to complete a pass on the following possession, and Jackson-Garrison scored for the Commodores on a short field to put the game out of reach.

Nickson, hampered all week by a sore hamstring, completed his first 10 passes to pace a Commodores offense that gained a season-high 183 rushing yards.

Adams threw for 154 yards on 10-for-17 passing, including a 36-yard touchdown to Mike Wallace that narrowed the Rebels' deficit to 14-10. But he threw a late interception to D.J. Moore, and four plays later Vanderbilt took a 24-10 lead.

Two-time All-SEC receiver Earl Bennett caught 11 passes for 100 yards, his ninth career game with at least 100 yards receiving at Vanderbilt.

The Commodores' defense gave up 262 yards, but was constantly in the Rebels' backfield to force six sacks.

Wallace caught four passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns for Ole Miss, whose offense managed just 54 yards rushing.

Bryan Hahnfeldt kicked a 24-yard field goal for Vanderbilt, and might have had another. Mackenzie Adams botched the snap on his second attempt.

Joshua Shene kicked a 34-yard field goal to narrow the gap to 7-3, but missed another.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MISS
VAN
1st Downs1325
Total Yards262383
Passing208200
Rushing54183
Penalties2-155-49
3rd Down Conversions5-137-15
4th Down Conversions1-43-4
Turnovers11
Possession25:1034:50

Passing Leaders

Ole MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Adams10/171549.111
VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nickson17/252008.000

Rushing Leaders

Ole MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green-Ellis21663.1010
Eason155.005
VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson-Garrison231195.2321
Nickson14574.1113

Receiving Leaders

Ole MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wallace413934.8254
Hodge3248.009
VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bennett111009.1020
Smith23618.0021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMISSVAN
TD12:08Chris Nickson 3 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 07
FG09:17Joshua Shene 34 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTERMISSVAN
TD11:52Cassen Jackson-Garrison 8 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 314
THIRD QUARTERMISSVAN
TD05:51Mike Wallace 36 Yd Pass From Seth Adams (Joshua Shene Kick) 1014
FOURTH QUARTERMISSVAN
FG14:51Bryant Hahnfeldt 24 Yd 1017
TD12:58Cassen Jackson-Garrison 9 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 1024
TD10:01Mike Wallace 54 Yd Pass From Brent Schaeffer (Joshua Shene Kick) 1724
TD01:47Cassen Jackson-Garrison 7 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 1731