Scores

Final

Vanderbilt 27

(6-4, 4-3 SEC)

Ole Miss 26

(5-5, 2-4 SEC)

Coverage: ESPNU

7:00 PM ET, November 10, 2012

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS

1 2 3 4 T
VAN 3 3 14 727
MISS 7 9 7 326

Top Performers

Passing: B. Wallace (MISS) - 403 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: W. Tate (VAN) - 15 CAR, 43 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Matthews (VAN) - 9 REC, 153 YDS, 1 TD

Vanderbilt squeaks past Ole Miss in final minute

Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. -- Jordan Rodgers hit Chris Boyd for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 52 seconds remaining and Vanderbilt rallied for a 27-26 victory over Mississippi on Saturday night.

The Commodores (6-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) are now bowl eligible for the second straight season for the first time in school history.

Vanderbilt trailed 23-6 early in the third quarter, but Rodgers found Jordan Matthews for a 52-yard touchdown minutes later to start the Commodores' rally.

Rodgers completed 20-of-35 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns. Matthews caught nine passes for 153 yards and a touchdown.

Ole Miss (5-5, 2-4) must beat either LSU or Mississippi State over the final two weeks to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2009.

Vanderbilt has won six out of eight games against Ole Miss.

Ole Miss wasted a terrific performance from Bo Wallace, who completed 31 of 49 passes for 403 yards and a touchdown. It's only the fifth time in school history a quarterback has thrown for more than 400 yards. Ja-Mes Logan caught eight passes for 160 yards.

The Rebels looked like they might hang on for the win after Bryson Rose kicked a 27-yard field goal to push them ahead 26-20 with 2:43 remaining.

But Vanderbilt drove the field in less than two minutes on nine plays, showing a moxie rarely seen from the Commodores before the arrival of coach James Franklin two years ago.

Boyd was wide open down the sideline on the game-winning play, catching Rodgers' perfectly-thrown ball and jogging into the end zone untouched.

It was a stunning conclusion considering nothing went right for Vanderbilt early in the game.

Zac Stacy -- who is the school's all-time leading rusher and came into the game with 752 rushing yards and six touchdowns this season -- was injured on his second carry and had to be helped off the field.

He didn't return and the Commodores' offense struggled to find any early rhythm without him.

Ole Miss scored first on a 9-yard pass from Wallace to Vincent Sanders, before Vanderbilt started a parade of field goals with a 22-yarder to pull within 7-3.

The Rebels moved the ball well in the second quarter, but had to settle for three field goals from Rose. The senior hit them from 22, 28 and 41 yards to push the Rebels' lead to 16-3 by late in the second quarter.

Casey Spear hit a 44-yard field goal just before halftime to pull Vanderbilt within 16-6 at halftime.

Ole Miss jumped ahead 23-6 early in the third quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Wallace. The short touchdown run was set up by several accurate throws from Wallace, including a 13-yarder to Scott that put the ball at Vanderbilt's 1.

Wallace's performance this season has mirrored the team's this season -- occasionally spectacular but equally mistake-prone. He came into the game tied for the league lead with 10 interceptions, but avoided the costly mistakes against the Commodores.

Instead, it was the Ole Miss defense that was having problems in the second half. Rodgers hit Matthews in stride for the 52-yard touchdown pass and then the Commodores finished an 11-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Wesley Tate to pull within 23-20 with 2:33 remaining in the third quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VAN
MISS
1st Downs1724
Total Yards371458
Passing267403
Rushing10455
Penalties3-207-33
3rd Down Conversions6-168-21
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Turnovers10
Possession26:3433:26

Passing Leaders

VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rodgers20/352677.620
Ole MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wallace31/494038.210

Rushing Leaders

VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tate15432.9114
Kimbrow9414.6018
Ole MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott24472.0011
Wallace1340.3110

Receiving Leaders

VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Matthews915317.0152
Boyd56412.8126
Ole MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Logan816020.0047
Sanders59619.2141

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVANMISS
TD11:16Vince Sanders 9 Yd Pass From Bo Wallace (Bryson Rose Kick) 07
FG00:32Carey Spear 22 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTERVANMISS
FG12:34Bryson Rose 22 Yd 310
FG07:20Bryson Rose 28 Yd 313
FG02:16Bryson Rose 41 Yd 316
FG00:00Carey Spear 44 Yd 616
THIRD QUARTERVANMISS
TD11:46Bo Wallace 1 Yd Run (Bryson Rose Kick) 623
TD09:52Jordan Matthews 52 Yd Pass From Jordan Rodgers (Carey Spear Kick) 1323
TD02:33Wesley Tate 2 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 2023
FOURTH QUARTERVANMISS
FG02:43Bryson Rose 27 Yd 2026
TD00:52Chris Boyd 26 Yd Pass From Jordan Rodgers (Carey Spear Kick) 2726