A dominant first half helped Ole Miss pick up its 7th victory of the season to cruise past Vanderbilt 33-7 on homecoming Saturday night inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Rebels are now 7-1 for the 2nd straight season, the first time doing so since 1961 and 1962.
Celebrating homecoming, #11 Ole Miss picked up its 24th win in their last 27 homecoming matchups. The victory also marked head coach Lane Kiffin’s 30th win at Ole Miss, making him the second-fastest head coach to 30 wins in Ole Miss history, trailing only Harry Mehre’s 38 games.
The Landshark defense was swarming all night, holding Vanderbilt to 229 yards of total offense, the fewest against an SEC opponent since holding Texas A&M to 192 on Oct. 24, 2015. Ole Miss also held Vanderbilt to just 60 yards passing, the fewest against an SEC opponent since stuffing Vanderbilt to 60 yards on Sept. 6, 2014.
Offensively, quarterback Jaxson Dart passed for 240 yards, eclipsing the 5,000-yard mark in his Ole Miss career and the 10th most by a Rebel quarterback in program history. Wideout Dayton Wade hauled in eight passes for a career-high 120 yards and a touchdown. The senior also topped the 1,000-yard mark in his career along with teammate Jordan Watkins, who passed 1,000 receiving yards at Ole Miss. Quinshon Judkins powered the ground game with 124 of the team’s 177 yards, moving into sixth all-time at Ole Miss in rushing.
Ole Miss is back at home with an SEC West showdown against Texas A&M next Saturday, Nov. 5th. Kickoff is set for 11 AM CT at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and live on ESPN. SEC Nation will also air live from The Grove, beginning with Marty & McGee at 8 AM and SEC Nation at 9 AM CT.
After the game, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin spoke about the win. Video is courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics.